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Learners 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.
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 Trail.
Fourth graders explore the pioneer experience on the Oregon Trail and compare and contrast modern day travel experiences with those of the nineteenth century. They synthesize historical data through a creative project.
Students 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.
Middle schoolers 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.
What a wonderful lesson! Your class learns about the Oregon Trail through doing research, filling out graphic organizers, and creating an iMovie. The resource links, rubric, and more are all provided, making this a truly useful lesson.
Third graders explore the Oregon Trail. In this social studies lesson plan, 3rd graders read about the Oregon Trail and view an interactive flip chart. Students match vocabulary words with their meanings.
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 modified to suit any local or state landmark and provides good practice using technology to publish and create audio recordings of original work. 
Fourth graders discover the significance of the Oregon Trail in Idaho history. In addition, 4th graders conceptualize the Oregon Trail in relation to their own lives. They engage in a wide variety of curricular activities, culminating in a film spot.
Upper elementary learners study pioneers on the Oregon Trail through a simulation. They will discover the supplies, choices, and modes of transportation while on the Oregon Trail. They also identify geography difficulties, weather conditions, and Native American Indian conflicts.
Fifth graders participate in Oregon Trail simulation to travel along Oregon Trail and reflect on their journey, use built-in diary to record and expand on their experiences along Trail, and create map depicting their route, rivers, towns, forts, landmarks, and various problems encountered.
Students engage in a lesson that is concerned with the concepts related to the history of the Oregon Trail. They take part in a variety of lessons that are focused around the creation of several creative projects like a poster or diorama.
Explore occupations during the Oregon Trail era. Young researchers define map vocabulary and use this information to identify geographical locations relevant to the common trades of the Westward expansion. They choose a trade and research its details including reasons the trade provided support needed to successfully move westward. An Oregon Trail simulation is included.
Students use maps and diagrams to examine the Oregon Trail. In groups, they create their own poster of the trail showing the different types of artifacts found along the way. To end the lesson, they identify the sources of water and food along the trail.
Students compare and contrast the realistic and romantic art and literature about experiences on the Oregon Trail. Using this information, they compare their viewpoints and write messages on what they believe it was like on a trip down the Trail. They create a Hyperstudio project in groups to promote an area for traveling through.
Students investigate the concept of the Oregon Trail. They conduct research using a variety of resources. The class divides into different groups to take a different aspect of the research. Then the groups present the findings to the class using a jigsaw format.
Fourth graders explore the Oregon Trail. For this Oregon Trail lesson, 4th graders collaborate to conduct Internet research regarding states along the Oregon trail route. Students present their findings to their peers.
Students study the landforms that exist along the Oregon Trail. In this Oregon landforms lesson, students review their knowledge of pioneers moving west and their challenges they faced. Students then work in groups to label a map with the landforms that existed on the Oregon Trail. Students explain the significance for three of the landforms.
Students describe events that happened on the Oregon Trail and in the daily lives of Native Americans by writing a narrative essay of a family traveling through Nebraska based on Thomas Hart Benton's paintings.
Students pretend they are on the Oregon Trail and keep a diary of their adventures. In this Oregon Trail lesson plan, students write about their decisions to move, crossing rivers, buying supplies, and more.

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