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- Estela H., Teacher
- Lewisville, TX
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Fourth graders explore U.S. Geography by completing a worksheet. For 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. In 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.
Learners 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.
Young scholars compare a castle in Wales to a fort in Oregon and design and build a castle or fort. For this structure study lesson, students complete activities to study castles in Wales to forts in England. Young scholars then design their own fort or castle and build it.
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.
Through learning about the Oregon Trail and Nebraska, learners evaluate the elements of historical fiction. Coming with a comprehensive bibliography, this instructional activity has your class learn about settlers traveling along the Oregon Trail, analyze their experiences, and discuss the characteristics of historical fiction.