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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.
Pupils explore prairie life. In this Oregon Trail lesson, students read literature regarding the move west and participate in cross-curricular activities. Pupils 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.
Fifth graders research the history of the American West. In this United States history lesson, 5th graders complete 6 activities to learn about the American West. Students research the Oregon and California Trails, the Donner Party, Kit Carson, John Fremont.
Eighth graders research American history of the 1850's. In this American history instructional activity, 8th graders write about how different American groups looked at the idea of Manifest Destiny. Students then draw the Oregon and Santa Fe Trail. 
Fifth graders research the Oregon, Old Spanish, California, and Mormon trails, and the impact western expansion had on the Native Americans living on those lands.
Students investigate the impact of damming of the Deschutes River to create Lake Billy Chinook in Jefferson County, Oregon.  In this physical environments and mapping lesson, students examine aerial photos and maps of locations before and after dam construction.  Activities are pre-cursors to field trip to locations.
Pupils examine life on westward trails. In this Westward Expansion lesson, students analyze textbook passages about life on the Oregon Trail and the motivations of the people who settled Oregon.
Students read and write journals to relate to events of the past, in this case the Oregon Trail travels. They watch a video and read journal accounts dealing with the trip to the West as they attempt to keep a journal of what the trip would entail.
Young scholars create a three column chart about working with wildlife and how different organizations help sea turtles. In this sea turtles lesson plan, students compare the Oregon Coast Aquarium, the Coast Guard, and Sea World and what they do to help the animals.
Students research the history of the Oregon Trail and role play to invent objects needed by immigrants in the 1850’s. For this American history and technology lesson, students read the book Bound for Oregon and complete invention handout activities for the chapters. Students research the inventions of the time and assign them a spot on a timeline. Students create their own invention to help pioneers and try to sell the invention to pi
Students write a fantasy story about travelling back in time to the period of the Oregon Trail. They conduct research and take notes about the Oregon Trail, and write a first and a final draft of their short story about their visit to the Oregon Trail time period.
Learners write a story based on their research of the Oregon Trail. Using the Internet and traditional sources, they engage in research about pioneer's experiences on the Oregon Trail during westward expansion. Students write a story based on their research.
Fifth graders simulate the walk along the Oregon Trail. For this geography lesson, 5th graders use a map of the Oregon Trail and measure the length of the trail. Students fill out an included mileage log each week and determine their location at every fifty miles.
Students explore the city of Portland, Orgon. They city's many bridges by reciting the names of ten bridges in the city using the song "Portland Town" by Nedra Schnoor. In addition, they create their own bridge models from one of the three main bridge designs found in the area.
Students access prior knowledge of the pony express. In this Santa Fe trail/Oregon trail pony express lesson, students write brochures of a route of the pony express or create help wanted posters for a job on the pony express. Students must complete all the outlined components of each project.
In this Oregon Trail map worksheet, students read about the Oregon Trail and use a map of it to answer questions. There are four questions to answer and one activity to complete.
Middle schoolers engage in a novel study using the layered curriculum style of unit. The unit has many different types of activities that have different ratings of difficulty. This allows for a great deal of differentiation.
A fun (and delicious!) lesson teaches measurement to your third graders. They work in small groups to first predict, then to measure the weight, circumference, and number of seeds found in a watermelon. Everyone gets to eat watermelon after all of the measurements have been compiled.
For this online interactive Oregon worksheet, students respond to 10 multiple choice questions that require them to exhibit what they know about the state. Students may submit their answers to be scored.

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