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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.
Students investigate and discuss Square Dancing as a folk tradition in America in this introductory lesson provided by Oregon Public Broadcasting. The unit focusses on learning dance and call techniques related to Square Dancing.
Students examine stained glass art techniques in this introductory lesson provided by Oregon Public Broadcasting. The unit emphasizes student created representations of stained glass art.
Young scholars capture the industrial workplace environment through photography in this three day introductory instructional activity provided by Oregon Public Broadcasting. This instructional activity requires a field trip and photography equipment.
Complete with maps, photographs, and historical documents, this presentation would be a great resource throughout a unit about mid-19th century America.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. 
Students acquire knowledge and literacy (through multiple intelligences) in social studies, language arts, science and math as we study the Oregon Trail. This type of lesson is strong in its attempt to be accessible to all learners.
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.
Young scholars begin creating Victorian decoration journals while investigating Victorian Architectural designs in this introductory lesson provided by Oregon Public Broadcasting. A video is included.
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.
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.
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.
Students compare and contrast trade routes. In this trade route instructional activity, 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.
Pupils explore the layers of the Earth and the dynamic changes that they cause on Earth's surface. Volcanoes and earthquakes become the focus of the lesson as the Oregon State quarter and its Crater Lake images are linked to the topic.
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.
Young scholars explore prairie life. In this Oregon Trail lesson, students read literature regarding the move west and participate in cross-curricular activities. Young scholars should take digital photographs of the participation in activities and create podcasts from journal assignments.

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