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Interesting Facts about the Historic Trails
The Oregon trail is a very interesting part of American history. The class, having read or discussed the events leading to the westward expansion and settling of the Oregon Territory, can answer each of these fill-in-the-blank statements. There are 17 sentences to complete.
Influences of Black Oregon Trail Settlers
Students discuss reasons settlers settled in the Oregon Territory. Then, through the examination of primary documents, they compare the influences upon black settlers and how those influences were important to the settlement of the Pacific Northwest. They role play an older person telling about their journey in settling the West.
Keeping the Home Fires: The lives of Western women
Fourth graders explore the various trails that settlers took West from Missouri. They examine the reasons that people took these trails as well as the kind of people who made the journeys. They examine the Oregon, the Mormon, the Santa Fe and the California Trails
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.
Crossing the Oregon Trail
Young scholars become familiar with the sacrifices that the migrants endured crossing the plains to the west. They experience some of the problem solving that the pioneers faced and pay the natural consequences of their choices.
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.
8th Grade U.S. History Task Study Packet
Even a cumulative review can include main ideas, key events, supporting details, and critical thinking. An excellent 8th grade history review is yours for the taking. It includes topics that range from the thirteen colonies to post Civil War reformation. There are 10 full assignments compiled in a fourteen-page packet.
The Louisiana Purchase: Reading and Quiz
In need of informational text and a related quiz regarding the Louisiana Purchase? Here are four pages containing basic information on Thomas Jefferson, Napoleon, Manifest Destiny, and the Louisiana Purchase, plus a 15-question quiz.
On the Oregon Trail
Students work with primary documents and latter-day photographs to recapture the experience of traveling on the Oregon Trail. Working in groups, they write a scene for the movie that is historically accurate and based on the kinds of experiences emigrants actually encountered on their way West.
Factors Contributing To the U.S. Dominance of the Pacific Northwest
Learners examine the painting Columbia by John Gast. They discuss the concept of Manifest Destiny and the role of different groups (miners, missionaries, fur trappers, farmers, etc.) in the Americanization of the West. In groups, they develop a presentation that focuses on the role of individual groups.
The March of Civilization
Students explore the true meaning of "Manifest Destiny" and where the term came from. For this U.S. History lesson, students work in small groups and examine specific documents on "Manifest Destiny" then create a journal. They also write a personal viewpoint paper on the subject.
Life on the Trails
Fourth graders explore U.S. Geography by completing a worksheet. In this west coast geography lesson plan, 4th graders discuss the Santa Fe and Oregon-California trails and the people who traveled them in the 1800's. Students define vocabulary terms based upon the geography and complete worksheets about costs and benefits.
The Pre-Civil War Era (1815–1850)
In this online interactive history quiz worksheet, students respond to 50 multiple choice questions about the United States from 1815-1850. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
Who Wants to be a Millionaire? American History
What if your class could earn 1 Million dollars, just because they knew their American History? They can when they play this Millionaire style review game. They'll answer questions, phone their friends, and work their way through 15 question related to state history, territories, Westward Expansion, and the settlers.
On the Oregon Trail
Students examine primary documents and latter-day photographs to recapture the experience of traveling on the Oregon Trail. In groups they script a scene depicting an incident that could have occurred on the Oregon Trail.
Oregon Trail Diary
Students create a fictional diary written from the point of view of a pioneer traveling on the Oregon Trail. They write to a series of prompts that reflect the fictional journey.
Establishing Borders: The Expansion of the United States 1846-48
Students investigate how the United States acquired land after the Revolutionary War ended. In this establishing borders instructional activity, students use maps to identify territories acquired by the US and the states that later developed. Students identify political, social, and economic issues related to the expansion of the United States in the 1840s.
The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo
Students engage in a lesson which relates to the power granted to the president and the Senate to make and approve treaties with foreign nations. They closely the examine the treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, which ended the Mexican War.
East Meets West: Americans on the Move
Students imagine what it was like to be part of the Lewis and Clark expedition. In this Lewis and Clark Expedition lesson, students watch "East Meets West: Americans on the Move," and then write journal entries from the perspective of the crew members.
Go West Young Man!
Second graders research the lives and travels of the American pioneers that settled Texas and the Oregon Territory. They sing songs, identify map routes, read Tall Tales and build a covered wagon model.