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Complete with maps, photographs, and historical documents, this presentation would be a great resource throughout a unit about mid-19th century America.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.
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.
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.
Young scholars 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. Young scholars may also take part in food tasting of the time and create crafts from the era.
Eleventh graders examine the reactions of Oregon natives regarding Chinese immigrants in late 1800's. In this Oregon history instructional activity, 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 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.
Eighth graders travel the Oregon Trail. In this Manifest Destiny lesson, 8th graders determine why the pioneers moved west as they participate in a classroom activity that requires them to identify landmarks upon the route and deal with conditions the pioneers faced along the way.
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 plan, students examine aerial photos and maps of locations before and after dam construction. Activities are pre-cursors to field trip to locations.
In 2003, there was an unprecedented decline in the population of Blue Mud Shrimp up in Oregon. This presentation gives many of the facts, and theories that were developed as to why the population took such a dive. Excellent photographs and throutful discussion questions are embedded in the PowerPoint.
Fifth graders simulate the walk along the Oregon Trail. In this geography instructional activity, 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.