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Students research one 20th century Oregon city, focusing on its population changes and the reasons for the changes. They write an expository essay which includes graphs/charts.
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.
Students compare a castle in Wales to a fort in Oregon and design and build a castle or fort. In this structure study lesson, students complete activities to study castles in Wales to forts in England. Students then design their own fort or castle and build it.
Students, in groups, research and write a newspaper article that explores daily life along the Oregon Trail in the mid-1800's. They compare life in the 1800's to their own lives.
Students discover how the land and people we develop relationships with in Nebraska affect our survival--past, present, and future. They write about and interview their grandparents, parents and peers and compare them with people on the Oregon Trail.
A video featuring members of Oregon’s Astoria Native American fishing community launches a study of the oral tradition of poetry, and how traditions are passed down within different cultures. Activities, assessments, extensions and adaptations are included in the richly detailed plan. Could also be used as an introduction to a study of marine life and the environment.
Mapping and exploring uncharted territories may seem practically impossible on our planet, but Eddy Cartaya has found some cool places to boldly go where no one else has gone: glacial caves. He shares his experiences and excitement about being the first person to map some ice caves on Mount Hood in Oregon, and explains that, without trigonometry and other math, it would not be possible to accurately map the caves. 
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 perspective of a person traveling west. This project could produce a very interesting final paper.
Eighth graders examine Oregon's Initiative Process. In this American History instructional activity, 8th graders analyze primary sources.  Students create a power point presentation. 
For this Oregon Trail worksheet, students practice their map skills while they explore the states of Oregon, Missouri, Idaho, Nebraska, and Wyoming. Students us a map of the US to plot six points on the map that show the Oregon Trail.
In this Oregon worksheet, students examine a flag of the state. After doing their own research, students fill in information about Oregon: capital city, motto, tree, flower, date of statehood.
In this Oregon outline map activity, students examine political boundaries of the state and the placement its capital city as well as its major cities. This map is not labeled.
For this social studies worksheet, students find the words that describe the cities in Oregon. The answers are found at the bottom of the page.
In this word search worksheet, students search and find vocabulary words as they relate to the state of Oregon. Words may be located forward, backward, up, down, and diagonally.
Learners research architectural designs of the Portland, Oregon metro area in this excellent lesson provided by Oregon Public Broadcasting. While this unit is written with Portland, Oregon in mind, teachers can adapt for any geographic region.
Fourth graders explore U.S. Geography by completing a worksheet. In this west coast geography lesson, 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.
Identify natural resources in the world and how they translate into economic development. For this global economy lesson, your class will utilize the Internet to view an Oregon Time Web which they research to examine the history of resources in the state. They create a group presentation identifying resource industries that have boomed in Oregon.
Fourth graders experience pioneer life on the Oregon trail. In this pioneer lesson plan, 4th graders research the reasons for moving west and what life was like on the trail. They create a map, complete an oral presentation, and write about their journey. 
After looking at the back of a quarter featuring Oregon terrain, learners distinguish between fiction and non-fiction and identify the beginning, middle and end of a story. First, they listen to legends that describe the creation of Crater Lake. Then, they identify the beginning, middle, and end of a story. And, finally, they do a group sequencing activity.  
Students explore what life was like on the American frontier. They participate in a simulation of frontier life using Oregon Trail computer software, create an Oregon Trail newsletter, develop a timeline, and conduct interviews with other students about their frontier experience.

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