Oregon State History Teacher Resources
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Adventure Writing: Oregon's Landscape as a Setting
Students identify geographical features of different regions encountered by migrants on the Oregon trail. Students research how the Oregon landscape may have affected life and 19th century westward migration. Students write a narrative essay from the perspective of a migrant traveling through a specific assigned region and time period on the Oregon trail as their setting, focusing on the proper use of dialogue and transition words, and utilizing the steps of the writing process.
THE KALAPUYAS AND PIONEERS : OREGON'S MANIFEST DESTINY
Students study the livelihoods and world views of Kalapuya Indians and Oregon settlers. In this Oregon history instructional activity, students study the altered environments of settlers and Native Americans, the conflicts between the groups, the reservation system, and the ethics of Manifest Destiny. As assessment, students write position papers or create demonstrations to make a judgment on the past and demonstrate understanding of both pioneer and native perspectives.
West with Lewis and Clark
Students participate in a simulation of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. In this hands-on American history lesson, students become characters from the early 1800's and make the journey west. They write journal entries, make decisions, and participate in projects during the 4 weeks needed for this lesson.
Rivers of Oregon
Fifth graders identify the rivers in Oregon and study their importance to the state. In this Oregon rivers lesson, 5th graders journal their experiences in Oregon rivers. Students draw a map including two of Oregon's rivers and then work in groups to research the importance of one of the rivers to Oregon's history. Students present their research as a poster presentation to their class.
Rocky Road: The Expansion of Democracy in Oregon
Students explore the difficulty that African Americans and other groups of people faced when trying to gain equal rights. In this U.S. History lesson, students research the road to civil rights then complete numerous activities to expand their knowledge on subject.
The Tillamook Burn
Study pictures of the Tillamook Burn of 1933 to learn about the concept of cause and effect and the importance of Oregon's forest as a resource. Learners complete a Venn diagram to compare the cause and effect relationship. Then they write a short story using the Venn diagram.
Westward Expansion - Fur Trade
Students complete a unit of lessons to learn how products reach the market and study the history of the fur trade. In this history and trade lesson, students first learn about the technology that allowed products to reach market faster. Students then complete activities to learn about the history of the fur trade and its role in Westward expansion.
Oregon Today: The 2000 Census
Students analyze the results of the Oregon census data from the year 2000. In this lesson, students examine facts, charts and maps about the 2000 Oregonian Census and share the information with the class.
The Journals of Lewis and Clark
Students research the Lewis and Clark Expedition. In this Westward Expansion lesson, students watch the PBS video, "The Corps of Discovery." Students then conduct further research on the topic and create PowerPoint presentations that feature their findings.
Analyzing Oregon’s Population Changes
Students examine immigration. In this Oregon history instructional activity, students compare and contrast the population patterns of the state in the 1800's and the 1900's.
Oregon's Early Explorer Routes
Students investigate the route of an early explorer that passed into the Oregon Territory. They research the reasons for the traveled route and especially looking at the topographical features that could affect the journey. Students also examine the current population patterns of the state and see if there is any correlations.
Encounters – Native Americans and Euro Americans (1850-1870)
Pupils consider the plight of Native Americans. In this Oregon history lesson, students research Internet and print sources regarding land conflicts between the whites and Native Americans. Pupils discuss resettlement and compensation to the Native Americans.
African Americans in the Columbia River Basin
Students research the Columbia River Basin Ethnic History Archive (CRBEHA) and use a variety of primary sources to explore the history of blacks in the region.
Immigration and Settlement of Ethnic Groups in the Pacific Northwest
Students examine ethnic history of the Pacific Northwest in the period 1850-1950. They research documents and images in digital archives to explore immigration of various ethnic groups that settled in the region during this period.
Social Studies: Migration and Immigration to the Columbia River Basin
Students examine the history of immigration in the Pacific Northwest. They make oral and written presentation about the historic effects of immigration in the Northwest.
Oregon's Early Explorer Routes
Students research the route of an early Oregon Territory Explorer. In this exploration lesson, students speculate on the affect of the topography and forest of Oregon had on the explorer's routes and analyze how these early routes have influenced current settlement pattern across the state.
Geometry: Classifying Angles
Students measure, construct, and classify angles as acute, right, straight, and obtuse. Once they have completed an angle worksheet, students use a map of South Carolina to locate cities by constructing the aforementioned angles.