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Changes in Bridge Types Throughout History
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.
3rd - 5th Visual & Performing Arts 7 Views 20 Downloads
Teaching American History Project Lesson
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.
5th Social Studies & History 5 Views 37 Downloads
Trails to the West
Eighth graders research American history of the 1850's. In this American history lesson, 8th graders write about how different American groups looked at the idea of Manifest Destiny. Students then draw the Oregon and Santa Fe Trail.
8th Social Studies & History 6 Views 16 Downloads
Lake Billy Chinook
Students investigate the impact of damming of the Deschutes River to create Lake Billy Chinook in Jefferson County, Oregon. For this physical environments and mapping lesson, students examine aerial photos and maps of locations before and after dam construction.
4th - 6th Social Studies & History 3 Views 0 Downloads
Studying History through Journal Keeping
Young scholars 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.
8th - 12th Social Studies & History 3 Views 1 Download
Sea Turtle Rescue
Students 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.
2nd - 5th Science 3 Views 8 Downloads
Go West Young Inventors
Students research the history of the Oregon Trail and role play to invent objects needed by immigrants in the 1850’s. In this American history and technology lesson plan, students read the book Bound for Oregon and complete invention handout activities for the chapters.
4th - 5th Social Studies & History 3 Views 12 Downloads
Writing a Fantasy Story - Time Travel
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.
6th - 8th Language Arts 3 Views 5 Downloads
Who Wants to be a Pioneer?
Students 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.
3rd - 5th Social Studies & History 3 Views 2 Downloads
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.
2nd - 4th Science 4 Views 14 Downloads
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, 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.
4th - 8th Social Studies & History 5 Views 6 Downloads
Exploring and Oregon Commodity
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.
3rd Math 3 Views 0 Downloads
Young scholars research the Internet to find resources to design a class map of the Oregon Trail. They investigate maps, documents, and images in order to assimilate information about the geography of the Oregon Trail and historic sites along its path.
3rd - 6th 21st Century Skills 3 Views 0 Downloads
Time-Travel Excursion to the Oregon Trail
Young scholars research through the internet, books, and other publications to find out about American frontier life. Through hands-on activities, projects, and presentations, students then decide if they would rather be a part of today's society or that of the 1800's wagon train society.
3rd - 5th Social Studies & History 3 Views 7 Downloads