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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.
Students, after creating and examining two maps showing population distribution and Oregon forests for 1900 and 2000, analyze the impact that forests had on settlement patterns in Oregon. They write a summary supporting their findings of significant changes and patterns found within the two maps.
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.
Explore non-fiction comprehension strategies with your class. They will visualize daily activities and label a 4 circle Venn diagram with related phrases. They must identify the overlapping sections as "main ideas," then complete a similar Venn diagram while reading Roughing it on the Oregon Trail. Additionally, they must be able to compare and contrast, draw conclusions, and determine cause and effect.
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.