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Different Perspectives of Oregon's Forest Economic Geography
Middle schoolers locate the many forests located in Oregon. In groups, they use the internet to research employment data on wood products made in the state. They discuss how looking at information presented in a different way can change their perspective of the given situation.
Kalapuya Indians in the Eugene Oregon Area
Second graders describe the life of a Kalapuyan Indian before European contact. In this Kalapuya Indian unit, 2nd graders interpret events, issues, and developments in the history of Native Americans and Oregon. Students participate in a variety of learning activities, including field trips.
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.
Influences of Black Oregon Trail Settlers
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.
Castles and Forts of Wales and Oregon
Learners 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. Learners then design their own fort or castle and build it.
Simulation - Oregon Trail
Learners, 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.
Adventures along the Oregon Trail in Nebraska
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.
Portland Architectural Tour - Activity 1
Students 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.
Life on the Trails
Fourth graders explore U.S. Geography by completing a worksheet. In this west coast geography lesson plan, 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.
Resources and Economic Development
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.
Pioneer America: Journey West
Fourth graders experience pioneer life on the Oregon trail. In this pioneer lesson, 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.
Young scholars 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 lesson has your class learn about settlers traveling along the Oregon Trail, analyze their experiences, and discuss the characteristics of historical fiction.
Seventh graders complete a unit of lessons on the Westward expansion of the U.S. They play the computer game, Oregon Trail III, read primary source documents, conduct Internet research, write diary entries from the pioneer viewpoint, and create an artifact.
Swing Squares - Activity 1
Students investigate and discuss Square Dancing as a folk tradition in America in this introductory instructional activity provided by Oregon Public Broadcasting. The unit focusses on learning dance and call techniques related to Square Dancing.
Stained Glass Art - Activity 1
Students examine stained glass art techniques in this introductory instructional activity provided by Oregon Public Broadcasting. The unit emphasizes student created representations of stained glass art.
Photography in the Industrial Work Place - Activity 1
Learners capture the industrial workplace environment through photography in this three day introductory instructional activity provided by Oregon Public Broadcasting. This instructional activity requires a field trip and photography equipment.
Complete with maps, photographs, and historical documents, this presentation would be a great resource throughout a unit about mid-19th century America. Manifest Destiny, Texas Independence, the Oregon Trail, and the Mexican War are all featured topics of this slideshow.
Patty Reed's Doll: The Story of the DonnerParty
Students explore westward movement through eyes of doll belonging to Patty Reed, member of Donner Party. They write journal entries from points of view of characters in book, Patty Reed's Doll, participate in Pack the Wagon game, and create KidPix slide show portraying wagon train at five different settings along Oregon Trail.