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Oregon's Initiative Process
Eighth graders examine Oregon's Initiative Process. In this American History instructional activity, 8th graders analyze primary sources. Students create a power point presentation.
The Oregon Trail
In this Oregon Trail worksheet, students practice their map skills while they explore the states of Oregon, Missouri, Idaho, Nebraska, and Wyoming. Students us a map of the US to plot six points on the map that show the Oregon Trail.
In this Oregon instructional activity, students examine a flag of the state. After doing their own research, students fill in information about Oregon: capital city, motto, tree, flower, date of statehood.
Oregon Outline Map
In this Oregon outline map worksheet, students examine political boundaries of the state and the placement its capital city as well as its major cities. This map is not labeled.
Walking the Oregon Trail
Fifth graders simulate the walk along the Oregon Trail. In 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.
Portland, Oregon. A City Of Bridges
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.
Oregon trail/Santa Fe Trail/ Pony Express Assignment
Students access prior knowledge of the pony express. In this Santa Fe trail/Oregon trail pony express lesson plan, 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.
The Tillamook Burn
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.
Westward Ho-- With Multiple intelligences
Young scholars acquire knowledge and literacy (through multiple intelligences) in social studies, language arts, science and math as we study the Oregon Trail. This type of instructional activity is strong in its attempt to be accessible to all learners.
Wagons Out West
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.
Where it Grows
First graders identify the commodities of Oregon and produce a map of the different commodities in different regions.
Victorian Age Architectural Design - Activity 1
Pupils begin creating Victorian decoration journals while investigating Victorian Architectural designs in this introductory lesson provided by Oregon Public Broadcasting. A video is included.
Wild, Wild, West
Fifth graders explore pioneer life. They invent an Oregon Trail Guide Book, detailing important information on everything from what to pack to what trails to take.
Bound For Oregon
Students find 20 words that are new to them. They write the definition and drawing or symbol to help them remember the meaning of the word. Students use the context of the word from the book to help figure out the meaning of the word.
Is Portland, Oregon Experiencing Global Warming?
Students use data to determine if the climate in Portland has changed over the years. In this weather instructional activity students complete line graphs and study long wave radiation.
Keeping the Home Fires: The lives of Western women
Fourth graders explore the various trails that settlers took West from Missouri. They examine the reasons that people took these trails as well as the kind of people who made the journeys. They examine the Oregon, the Mormon, the Santa Fe and the California Trails
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.
Native American Culture
Students research Native American culture. In this Native Americans lesson, 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.
Trade and Travel on the Overland Trails
Students compare and contrast trade routes. In this trade route lesson, students explore the Oregon Trail and the Santa Fe trail. Students compare and contrast the purposes for these trails.
Let's Look at Legends
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.