Oregon Trail Teacher Resources
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Study History through Journal Keeping
Journal writing can be a fun way to bring history to life. Upper graders read a series of journals from the time of the westward expansion, specifically the pioneer journey along the Oregon Trail. They compose an ongoing journal from the...
8th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
If You Were a Pioneer on the Oregon Trail
Students examine what it was like to travel west on the Oregon Trail. They develop a list of questions about the trip, explore various websites, and create a story about the experiences of a 19th century family travelling on the Oregon...
K - 2nd Social Studies & History
Go West: Imagining the Oregon Trail
Young scholars access the Oregon Trial website to find information on what it was like to experience traveling the Oregon Trial. Then, in groups, they create dioramas depicting events that could have happened along the Oregon Trail.
3rd - 5th Social Studies & History
Oregon Trail Poems: Making Audio Recordings
Poetry is a great way to express a feeling or thought. Fourth graders choose an Oregon Trail Landmark as inspiration for a descriptive poem which they compose and record using an MP3 and the program Photostory. This lesson could be...
4th Social Studies & History
Wagons Ho! Hard Times! Hard Choices!
You have just hit the lesson plan jackpot! This isn't just a lesson, it's a ten-day unit covering westward expansion, pioneer life, and the Oregon Trail. Activities include baking, model building, role-play, newspaper writing, science...
3rd - 5th Visual & Performing Arts
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...
6th - 8th Social Studies & History
Studying History through Journal Keeping
Young scholars read and write journals to relate to events of the past, in this case the Oregon Trail travels. They watch a video and read journal accounts dealing with the trip to the West as they attempt to keep a journal of what the...
8th - 12th Social Studies & History