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For this word jumble worksheet, students unscramble the letters to spell words associated with the state of Oregon. Students spell 20 words.
In this social studies activity, 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.
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.
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. 
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 plan 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.
Complete with maps, photographs, and historical documents, this presentation would be a great resource throughout a unit about mid-19th century America.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.
Study pictures of the Tillamook Burn of 1933 to learn about the concept of cause and effect and the importance of Oregon's forest as a resource. Learners complete a Venn diagram to compare the cause and effect relationship. Then they write a short story using the Venn diagram. 
Students research one of the Plains or Northwest Native American tribes that the Oregon Trail travelers might have encountered in their journey west. In this American history lesson, students research the tribes, complete a journal entry for the topic, read a book about the topic, and make a digital scrapbook for the topic. Students may also take part in food tasting of the time and create crafts from the era.
First graders identify the commodities of Oregon and produce a map of the different commodities in different regions.
Eleventh graders examine the reactions of Oregon natives regarding Chinese immigrants in late 1800's. In this Oregon history lesson, 11th graders visit the Portland Classican Chinese Garden and consider its impact for healing the conflict between Oregonians and the Chinese when the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 was passed.
Students research Native American culture. In this Native Americans lesson plan, students read the folk tale, The Strongest One and identify the natural resources in the poem. Students participate in a discussion of how Native Americans got their food and locate tribes on a map of Oregon.
Students compare and contrast trade routes. In this trade route lesson plan, students explore the Oregon Trail and the Santa Fe trail. Students compare and contrast the purposes for these trails.
Students use a Venn diagram to compare two historical legends relating to volcanoes. They compare the legends of how Crater Lake, in Oregon, was formed and how the volcanoes of Hawaii were formed.
Students investigate what life on the Oregon Trail was like. In this Westward Movement lesson, students eat foods that were eaten by settlers on the trail as they read textbook pages about the trial. Students then draw an Oregon Trail scene and discuss what the trip must have been like.
The Oregon trail is a very interesting part of American history. The class, having read or discussed the events leading to the westward expansion and settling of the Oregon Territory, can answer each of these fill-in-the-blank statements. There are 17 sentences to complete.
Students explore prairie life. In this Oregon Trail lesson, students read literature regarding the move west and participate in cross-curricular activities. Students should take digital photographs of the participation in activities and create podcasts from journal assignments.
Students study the changes in bridge types that have occurred in the bridges of Portland, Oregon using music and visual arts. Using an abstract style, they draw and label bridges including the date, location, and type of bridge. Next, they write and perform chants and song about the bridges. In small groups, they design and present bridges that are assessed using a class-made rubric.

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