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Oregon Trail Poems: Making Audio Recordings

For Teachers 4th
Poetry is a great way to express a feeling or thought. Fourth graders choose an Oregon Trail Landmark as inspiration for a descriptive poem which they compose and record using an MP3 and the program Photostory. This activity could be...
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Oregon Trail Wiki

For Teachers 4th
Here is a fantastic activity on the Oregon Trail! Learners use the wiki to create a fictitious character that travels on the Oregon Trail. After some mini-lessons on the lives of travelers on the Oregon Trail, they put themselves in...
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Oregon Trail Movies

For Teachers 4th
What a wonderful lesson! Your class learns about the Oregon Trail through doing research, filling out graphic organizers, and creating an iMovie. The resource links, rubric, and more are all provided, making this a truly useful lesson.
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Go West: Imagining the Oregon Trail

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students access the Oregon Trial website to find information on what it was like to experience traveling the Oregon Trial. Then, in groups, they create dioramas depicting events that could have happened along the Oregon Trail.
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The Oregon Trail

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students use maps and diagrams to examine the Oregon Trail. In groups, they create their own poster of the trail showing the different types of artifacts found along the way. To end the lesson, they identify the sources of water and...
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The Oregon Trail

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Upper elementary learners study pioneers on the Oregon Trail through a simulation. They will discover the supplies, choices, and modes of transportation while on the Oregon Trail. They also identify geography difficulties, weather...
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If You Were a Pioneer on the Oregon Trail

For Teachers K - 2nd
Students examine what it was like to travel west on the Oregon Trail. They develop a list of questions about the trip, explore various websites, and create a story about the experiences of a 19th century family travelling on the Oregon...
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Using Details from the Text

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Explore non-fiction comprehension strategies with your class. They will visualize daily activities and label a 4 circle Venn diagram with related phrases. They must identify the overlapping sections as "main ideas," then complete a...
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Trails to the Past: Oregon Trail

For Students 4th - 6th
In this Oregon Trail map worksheet, learners 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.
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Apples to Oregon

For Teachers K - 4th
Students read the story Apples to Oregon about fruit trees being carried along the Oregon Trail. In this reading lesson plan, students write letters to the main character and discuss why this is a tall tale.
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Occupations on the Oregon Trail

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Explore occupations during the Oregon Trail era. Young researchers define map vocabulary and use this information to identify geographical locations relevant to the common trades of the Westward expansion. They choose a trade and...
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Internet Oregon Trail Scavenger Hunt

For Teachers 5th - 6th
For this Internet Oregon Trail scavenger hunt worksheet, students use online research to answer 10 essay questions. No site suggestions are given on the page.
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Study History through Journal Keeping

For Teachers 8th - 12th Standards
Journal writing can be a fun way to bring history to life. Upper graders read a series of journals from the time of the westward expansion, specifically the pioneer journey along the Oregon Trail. They compose an ongoing journal from the...
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The Oregon Trail

For Students 4th - 5th
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.
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Manifest Destiny

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students explore the Manifest Destiny. They interpret quotations, study point of view in writing, research English words that derived from Mexico, and analyze reasons why settlers moved west. After writing journal entries in first-person...
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The Oregon Trail

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders discover the significance of the Oregon Trail in Idaho history. In addition, 4th graders conceptualize the Oregon Trail in relation to their own lives. They engage in a wide variety of curricular activities, culminating in...
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The Oregon Trail

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students engage in a lesson plan that is concerned with the concepts related to the history of the Oregon Trail. They take part in a variety of lessons that are focused around the creation of several creative projects like a poster or...
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On the Oregon Trail

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students work with primary documents and latter-day photographs to recapture the experience of traveling on the Oregon Trail. Working in groups, they write a scene for the movie that is historically accurate and based on the kinds of...
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Wagons West!

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Through learning about the Oregon Trail and Nebraska, learners evaluate the elements of historical fiction. Coming with a comprehensive bibliography, this lesson has your class learn about settlers traveling along the Oregon Trail,...
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Oregon Trail Journal

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders participate in Oregon Trail simulation to travel along Oregon Trail and reflect on their journey, use built-in diary to record and expand on their experiences along Trail, and create map depicting their route, rivers,...
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Wagons Ho! Hard Times! Hard Choices!

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
You have just hit the lesson plan jackpot! This isn't just a lesson, it's a ten-day unit covering westward expansion, pioneer life, and the Oregon Trail. Activities include baking, model building, role-play, newspaper writing, science...
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Interesting Facts about the Historic Trails

For Students 6th - 8th
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...
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Overland Trails To The West

For Teachers 5th
Consider the political, physical, and geographical factors that led to and marked the Westward Expansion. Learners will track the various routes developed during the 1800's. They create a first person journal describing what they see,...
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Oregon Vocabulary

For Students 4th - 5th
For this vocabulary activity worksheet, students read the clues and use the words in the word box to complete the 10 statements about Oregon.
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The Oregon Trail: American Settler

For Students 3rd - 5th
A sequel to the hugely popular and enduring Oregon Trail, this game explores the daily life of those settling in the Wild West. Players have to build a shelter, grow their community, increase the population, ensure sufficient food...
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Selling of the West, or The Portrayal of Emigrant Travel on the Oregon Trail

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Young scholars compare and contrast the realistic and romantic art and literature about experiences on the Oregon Trail. Using this information, they compare their viewpoints and write messages on what they believe it was like on a trip...
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Oregon Trail Maps

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders explore the Oregon Trail. In this Oregon Trail lesson, 4th graders collaborate to conduct Internet research regarding states along the Oregon trail route. Students present their findings to their peers.
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Landforms And The Oregon Trail

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders investigate the historical context for the founding of The Oregon Trail. They conduct research to put together the events that led to the geographical route that was taken. The lesson also strengthens geography skills with...
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Manifest Destiny

For Teachers 8th - 11th
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...
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Adventure Writing: Oregon's Landscape as a Setting

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Students identify geographical features of different regions encountered by migrants on the Oregon trail. Students research how the Oregon landscape may have affected life and 19th century westward migration. Students write a narrative...
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The Overland Trails 1840-1860

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
What led Americans to head west in the 1800s? Using an interactive map and journals from those who traveled, pupils explore the stories of those who migrated. In addition, they see how the numbers fluctuated in response to the push-pull...
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A Century of Expansion: America's Destiny (1763-1867)

For Teachers 10th - 11th
How did we grow into such a large nation? Follow the events, wars, and treaties that led to the acquisition of major states as we expanded into the West. The slides provide maps, dates, and simplistic information to help learners...
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Building New Lives: The Oregon Trail

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders explore the Oregon Trail. In this social studies lesson, 3rd graders read about the Oregon Trail and view an interactive flip chart. Students match vocabulary words with their meanings.
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Walking the Oregon Trail

For Teachers 5th
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...
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Westmoreland Trail

For Teachers 7th
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...
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On the Oregon Trail

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Students prepare cross-curricular lessons based on the experience of traveling the Oregon Trail.
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Oregon Trail Diary

For Teachers 5th - 11th
Students pretend they are on the Oregon Trail and keep a diary of their adventures. In this Oregon Trail lesson plan, students write about their decisions to move, crossing rivers, buying supplies, and more.
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Oregon Trail Art

For Teachers K - 6th
Students describe events that happened on the Oregon Trail and in the daily lives of Native Americans by writing a narrative essay of a family traveling through Nebraska based on Thomas Hart Benton's paintings.
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Oregon Trail

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders research a chosen topic of information about the Oregon Trail. For this research lesson, 5th graders learn to research with primary and secondary sources and write a cohesive and well-edited written presentation. Students...
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Landmarks of the Oregon Trail in Nebraska

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders examine the Oregon Trail. In this Oregon Trail lesson, 8th graders read and analyze a primary source. Students discuss their findings as a class and complete a worksheet on their reading.
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Studying History through Journal Keeping

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Learners 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...
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Westward Expansion Vocabulary

For Teachers 6th - 8th
What do you need when you're teaching a lesson on Westward Expansion? A vocabulary review list! Slides contain 20 terms that range from the Santa Fe Trail and Davey Crockett to the Vigilance Committee and the Oregon Trail. 
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Westward Ho!

For Teachers 3rd - 12th
Students explore what life was like on the American frontier. They participate in a simulation of frontier life using Oregon Trail computer software, create an Oregon Trail newsletter, develop a timeline, and conduct interviews with...
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Pioneer America: Journey West

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders experience pioneer life on the Oregon trail. In this pioneer lesson, 4th graders research the reasons for moving west and what life was like on the trail. They create a map, complete an oral presentation, and write about...
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Moving West!

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students explore, explain and experience the importance of good character traits in everyday life by assessing the challenging journeys traveled on the Oregon Trail. They study the daily accounts of perseverance and courage along the trail.
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Oregon Trail Landforms

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders explore landforms located along the Oregon Trail. They discuss the significance of the Oregon Trail, identify visual landforms, and explain the definition of each one. Students complete worksheets, color, and label maps.
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Adventures along the Oregon Trail in Nebraska

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students discover how the land and people we develop relationships with in Nebraska affect our survival--past, present, and future. They write about and interview their grandparents, parents and peers and compare them with people on the...
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Oregon Trail Word Search Worksheet

For Students 3rd - 4th
In this word search worksheet, students locate 18 words that describe the Oregon Trail expedition. They find words that are located in a word bank at the bottom of the page.
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Oregon Trail Landforms

For Teachers 5th - 6th
Students study the landforms that exist along the Oregon Trail. In this Oregon landforms lesson, students review their knowledge of pioneers moving west and their challenges they faced. Students then work in groups to label a map with...
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Life On The Oregon Trail

For Teachers 3rd - 4th
Students investigate the concept of the Oregon Trail. They conduct research using a variety of resources. The class divides into different groups to take a different aspect of the research. Then the groups present the findings to the...
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Western Trails

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Students practice map skills. In this Western Trails lesson, students locate different trails on a map. Students label the locations on the map.
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Oregon Trail Diary

For Teachers 5th - 11th
Students write a diary. In this writing and creativity lesson, students pretend they are moving west and keep a diary about their adventures. Students study real-life scenarios about families who made the trip out west before writing...
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Wagon's West: Life on the Trail

For Teachers 5th - 6th
Learners investigate what life on the Oregon Trail was like. For this Westward Movement lesson, students eat foods that were eaten by settlers on the trail as they read textbook pages about the trial. Learners then draw an Oregon Trail...
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Diseases of the Oregon Trail

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Students identify diseases that plagued the pioneers and find preventative measures to avoid them.  In this Oregon Trail lesson, students brainstorm possible health problems and diseases for pioneers. They then research a particular...
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Trails to the Past

For Students 4th - 6th
In this Oregon Trail information and map activity, students study and use the map to answer questions. Students write five short answers.
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Wagons West: Report

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Have your middle schoolers choose a topic about the Oregon Trail to research for an informative report. They are given a list of report ideas and the components required when composing an informational report. Then, they choose one of...
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Oregon's Early Explorer Routes

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Students investigate the route of an early explorer that passed into the Oregon Territory. They research the reasons for the traveled route and especially looking at the topographical features that could affect the journey. Students also...
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Oregon Alphabet Activity

For Students 2nd - 3rd
In this Oregon learning exercise, students put words in alphabetical order representing Oregon's history. Students put 10 words in alphabetical order.
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Westward Ho!

For Teachers 3rd - 4th
Students participate in an Oregon Trail simulation in order to learn the hardships that the emigrating settlers faced. In this U.S. history lesson, students are required to work as a team and use the internet to research a final...
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Mountain Men

For Students 4th - 5th
In this history worksheet, students read a one page article about life on the Oregon trail and the fur traders and mountain men. Students then answer 4 essay questions.
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Overland Trails To The West

For Teachers 5th
After observing a map of trails that settlers took in the 1800s, your class will write a journal with the perspective of a settler. In their journals, they must describe the trail they traveled, geographical features they saw, states and...
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Westward Movement/the Oregon Trail Using Power Point

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders research and examine the Westward Movement using a computer. they create their own word search from facts they discover in their research or while interacting with the Oregon Trail software. They create PowerPoint...
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Westward Ho: The Difficulties of Emigrants Moving West

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Students research the journey west of 19th century emigrants. In this pioneer lesson, students read the letters and diaries of a fictitious family traveling on the Oregon Trail. They mark their route on a US map, create a chart showing...
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Landmarks of the Oregon Trail in Nebraska

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students examine art work as primary sources and complete the worksheet to leaern about the Oregon Trail and Westward Expansion as it affected Nebraska.
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Trails to the West

For Teachers 8th
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. 
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Let's Party like its 1849

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students explore prairie life. In this Oregon Trail instructional activity, students read literature regarding the move west and participate in cross-curricular activities. Students should take digital photographs of the participation in...
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Wagons Out West

For Teachers 5th - 7th
Students research one of the Plains or Northwest Native American tribes that the Oregon Trail travelers might have encountered in their journey west. For this American history lesson, students research the tribes, complete a journal...
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Wagon's West

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Students travel to the American West. In this Westward Expansion lesson, students discuss the Oregon Trail and then play the computer game of the same title. Students take on the roles of those who travelled the trail.
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Webquest - Westward Ho!

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Students investigate life on the trail West. In this Oregon Trail lesson, students collaborate to research the pioneer life and then role play a family's life on the trail. Students author an essay regarding their research finding and...
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The Wagon Ride West

For Teachers 8th
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...
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On the Loose in Oregon!

For Students 3rd - 4th
In this Oregon worksheet, students read a detailed 3 page text about the state of Oregon. Students then answer 10 multiple choice and ordering of historical events questions.
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Westward Expansion in the Garden

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
What an exceptional hands-on experience for learning about the period of Westward Expansion in the United States! Learners are divided into groups and embark on one of three "trails" to learn about the challenges early pioneers...
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Wagons West

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Students 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.
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"Go West, Young Man!"

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students examine reasons why people migrated west. They describe how the geography of the U.S. changed in the 19 th century and design a PowerPoint presentation to convey factors for westward expansion.
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The Settlers are Coming, but the Natives are Here

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students examine interactions between Native Americans and settlers. In this Westward Expansion lesson, students participate in a classroom simulation and then write paper about how the Native Americans and settlers could keep the...
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Education On The Trail

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders explain the unique experience of pioneer studenT education on the trail. They invent ways to provide schooling to pioneer students while they were on the trail.
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The U.S. Westward Movement

For Teachers 4th - 7th
Students, working in groups, research and write about one of the trails that were used during US Westward Movement. They create a travel brochure for their trail keeping in mind the era in which the travel took place.
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The Oregon Trail

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students discuss migration and reasons people came across the Oregon trail. Students create a time line of important events along the Oregon trail. A Historical Time Line is included for student use. Students work in small groups to...
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Oregon Trail Cooking

For Teachers 4th - 7th
Students compare differences between cooked and fresh greens. They realize how simplicity of recipe makes for easy travel on the Oregon Trail.
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Cultural Lit. 18: The Oregon Trail & Native Americans

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders name the American Indian people by tribe who lived in the lands which the Oregon Trail traversed. They investigate and describe some impacts of western expansion upon the American Indians.
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Writing a Fantasy Story - Time Travel

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Middle schoolers write a fantasy story about time traveling back to the time of the Oregon Trail. In this Oregon trail instructional activity students gather information from their Social Studies textbook about life during the time of...
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Discovering the Oregon Trail

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students explore U.S. history by researching the Oregon Trail. In this American exploration lesson, students read the story On the Shore of the River and define the exact path early settlers took to find the state of Oregon. Students...
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Who Wants to be a Pioneer?

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
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...
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Bound for Oregon

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students 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.
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Oregon Trail

For Teachers 6th - 10th
Young scholars complete a game of The Oregon Trail in groups. They keep careful track of all the decisions made along the way in order to write their own guides to the Oregon Trail. They may use a folding brochure or a bound collection...
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Simulation- Oregon Trail

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students research life in the U.S. during the mid 1800's and obtain knowledge and appreciation for this time in U.S. history.  In this life in the U.S. in the mid 1800's lesson plan, students discuss the social, political and economic...
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Trails to the West

For Students 4th - 5th
In this American history worksheet, students first analyze a map of the trails leading westward in 1890. Students answer 4 multiple choice questions about the map.
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Western Expansion and Native Americans

For Teachers 5th
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.
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Trade and Travel on the Overland Trails

For Teachers 5th - 7th
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.
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Teaching American History Project Lesson

For Teachers 5th
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...
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The Trail

For Teachers K - 2nd
Students identify major geographical features shown on the core map, explain map symbols used on the core map, create a picture of the condition of the trail in the 1840s, and construct a chart of average temperatures and rainfall.
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Life on the Trails

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders explore U.S. Geography by completing a worksheet. In this west coast geography lesson plan, 4th graders discuss the Santa Fe and Oregon-California trails and the people who traveled them in the 1800's. Students define...
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Oregon Challenge

For Students 4th - 6th
In this Oregon activity, students answer multiple choice questions about Oregon's history. Students answer 10 multiple choice questions.
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The Mormon Trail and Native Americans

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders identify the American Indian tribes who lived in the lands that the Mormon Trail went through. They investigate and describe the impact of western expansion on the American Indians.
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Writing a Fantasy Story - Time Travel

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Pupils 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...
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Go West Young Inventors

For Teachers 4th - 5th
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, students read the book Bound for Oregon and complete invention handout...
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Historical Maps

For Students 4th - 5th
In this Oregon Trail map worksheet, students use the historical map of the Oregon Trail to help find the questions about the geography and topography of the map. Students also learn the meaning of the terms historical maps and inset map.
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Time-Travel Excursion to the Oregon Trail

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students 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...
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Westward Trails

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students explore the emigration of people following the Platte River Road and the impact this has had on Nebraska. They identify with trail life. In small groups students analyze pictures of trail life and landmarks paired with journal...
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Westward Expansion Vocabulary

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
Here is a nice set of worksheets that your kids can use while studying the fascinating period of Westward Expansion in the United States. Types of worksheets include a vocabulary quiz, acrostic poem handout, reading comprehension, word...
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Persistence

For Teachers K - 3rd Standards
When the going gets hard, the hard get going! Learn about persistence, one of the Habits of Mind, with a series of lessons that focus on different groups of people and animals who persisted through adverse times and situations.
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Influences of Black Oregon Trail Settlers

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Learners discuss reasons settlers settled in the Oregon Territory. Then, through the examination of primary documents, they compare the influences upon black settlers and how those influences were important to the settlement of the...
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Life on the Trail

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students discover details regarding life on the Overland Trails. In this Western expansion lesson, students watch a video about the Overland Trails and read letters written by people who used the trails. Students then write their own...
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Pioneering Children on the Move

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students inquire about life for pioneer children. In this pioneer period lesson, students analyze photographs of children, make information foldables, and create a covered wagon that was typical of the ones of the past. Students will...
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Internet Challenge Worksheet

For Teachers 4th - 7th
In this Internet usage worksheet, students navigate to a specific search engine website and enter the word "Oregon Trail". Students then answer 7 questions based on their results.
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History Detectives

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders investigate the significant events in America's history. Students listen to a variety of books based on significant historical events in America. Students divide into 6 groups, each of which is responsible for researching...
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Oregon City: A Convergence of Endings

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students describe the activities that occurred in the Willamette Valley before the establishment of the Oregon Trail and agricultural settlement and explain the impact that American settlement had on the landscape and native groups who...
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Westward Expansion

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders explore the components of the Westward Movement in the United States. Understanding the past and the linkages it has to the present is the intended goal of this seventeen day unit.
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Westward Ho

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Young scholars examine primary sources regarding Western migration. In this Manifest Destiny lesson, students determine why the pioneers moved west and what the trip was like as they examine sources and write journals based on their...
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Westward Ho for Nevada

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Learners analyze primary sources about pioneers. In this United States history lesson, students use various sources to identify why pioneers moved west. Learners share their information and are assessed based on a class discussion.
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Crossing the Oregon Trail

For Teachers 5th - 6th
Students become familiar with the sacrifices that the migrants endured crossing the plains to the west. They experience some of the problem solving that the pioneers faced and pay the natural consequences of their choices.
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Wagons West: Native Americans

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Students examine interactions between Native Americans and settlers. In this Westward Expansion lesson, students analyze select passages from Plains Indians by Dana Newmann and The World of Native Americans by Marion Wood. Students...
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The Pioneer Experience

For Teachers 10th
Tenth graders consider the move westward. In this Westward Movement lesson plan, 10th graders compare and contrast the experiences of 2 pioneers by creating t-charts. Students analyze diaries, photographs, and political cartoons that...
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Heading West

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Young scholars study the concept of the westward expansion. In this exploration of the western U.S. lesson, students participate in different activities that explain economic hardships, jobs, and land opportunities. Young scholars...
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The 21st Century Lewis and Clark Trail

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Students create a better route through the Rocky Mountains for the Lewis and Clark expedition after tracing the original path.
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Travel the Trail: Nebraska quarter reverse

For Teachers 2nd - 3rd
The life of the pioneers was much different than the life a family today. Pupils use a "Now and Then" worksheet to compare and contrast how travel has changed over the last 100 years. Worksheets are included.
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Moving West

For Teachers 1st - 5th
Students research the Westward Movement and struggles encountered by the pioneers as they moved from Nebraska, Westward along the Oregon Trail. In this Westward Expansion instructional activity, students read an Oregon Trail poem and...
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Patty Reed's Doll: The Story of the DonnerParty

For Teachers 4th - 5th
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...
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Native American Culture

For Teachers 5th - 6th
Students research Native American culture. For 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...
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Dominguez-Escalante Trail

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders play a game based on the Oregon Trail. They divide into four groups called Leader, Fate, Hunter, and Trader. They select professions such as blacksmiths and saddlemakers. They hone basic math skills by using money to buy...
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Swing Squares - Activity 1

For Teachers 4th - 11th
Learners investigate and discuss Square Dancing as a folk tradition in America in this introductory instructional activity provided by Oregon Public Broadcasting. The unit focusses on learning dance and call techniques related to Square...
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Cultural Lit. 19: Old Spanish Trail & Native Americans

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders name the American Indian people by tribe who lived in the lands which the Old Spanish Trail traversed. They investigate and describe some impacts of western expansion upon the American Indians.
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Trails West: Westward Expansion Maps

For Students 5th - 12th
In this United States historical map worksheet, students examine the trails that settlers of the Western United States took during the period of Western Expansion. Major cities on the routes are labeled.
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Oregon's Early Explorer Routes

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Students research the route of an early Oregon Territory Explorer. In this exploration lesson plan, students speculate on the affect of the topography and forest of Oregon had on the explorer's routes and analyze how these early routes...
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California Trail and Native Americans

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders identify the American Indian tribes who lived on the lands in which the California Trail went through. They investigate and describe the impact of western expansion on the American Indians.
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Robert Fulton and the Steamboat, "Trail of Tears"

For Teachers 2nd
Second graders study Fulton and his Steamboat, the "Trail of Tears," the Oregon Trail, the Transcontinental Railroad and the Pony Express in this series of lessons.
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Bison on the Plains

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders explore U.S. geography by reading assigned text about American Indians. In this migration lesson, 5th graders identify the differences between Native Americans and European settlers who traveled through middle America in...
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Establishing Borders: U.S. Expansion

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Young scholars interpret historical maps and locate territories annexed by the United States in the 1840. In groups, they research the war with Mexico over Texas from both perspectives and answer on a worksheet about expansion.
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Mapping the Lewis and Clark Trail

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students explore how physical and human geography features effected Lewis and Clark's expedition by using the Lewis and Clark Digital Discovery Web site.
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Use It Safely!

For Students 3rd - 7th
Campfires are not the only way that forest fires start. In a worksheet and word matching activity, young campers learn about common fuel and heat sources that, when combined, can be the spark to a dangerous and harmful forest fire.
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Resources and Economic Development

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Identify natural resources in the world and how they translate into economic development. In this global economy lesson, your class will utilize the Internet to view an Oregon Time Web which they research to examine the history of...
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Westward Ho-- With Multiple intelligences

For Teachers 4th - 6th
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.
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Technology in the Early Education Classroom

For Teachers K - 1st
Learners explore computers. They type their names and use different fonts. They create mini-posters using Kid Pix software and use the Oregon Trail software to discover the westward trek in United States history. They explore websites...
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On the Trail with Lewis and Clark: Native Experiences in the Pacific Northwest

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Students explore the importance of Lewis & Clark's Expedition.  In this history lesson, students analyze and discuss information about the expansion of the West, then complete multiple activities that focus on this topic.
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Westward Expansion Unit - Lesson 1

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Students research the Westward Expansion. In this Westward Expansion lesson, students look at how America expanded from 1801 to 1861. They look at the motivations for land purchases and movement and the trails people took. 
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The Unnature Trail Game

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students collect data from a simple investigation of wooded area. They explore the concept of camouflage and observe small animals and insects that live nearby and identify how they use camouflage in their environments. Students take a...
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On the Road

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students create a diorama to illustrate the challenges of and requirements for long distance travel in the West before the coming of the railroads.
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Keeping the Home Fires: The lives of Western women

For Teachers 4th
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...
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Selling the Trek West: Propaganda Through Artwork

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students examine why many individuals and groups wanted to encourage westward migration in the 1800's. They explore how trail guides with sketches, etchings, and even oil paintings were made to glorify the west.
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Pearl Harbor is Burning

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Supplement a discussion of World War II and Pearl Harbor. This lesson focuses on a book called Pearl Harbor is Burning by Kathleen V. Kudlinski. Learners fill in graphic organizers, answer questions, and conduct writing activities as...
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War & Expansion

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
How did the United States come to acquire two of its largest states? Your class members will learn about the sequence of events that led to and immediately followed the acquisition of Texas and California, including the Mexican-American...
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Roads of the Past and Present

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders compare the paths taken by the pioneers with those taken today. They trace the development and emergence of culture in indigenous communities.
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Caleb Greer: Pioneer

For Students 2nd - 4th
In this comprehension worksheet, students read a passage about Caleb Greer and answer multiple choice questions about it. Students complete 5 questions total.
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Historical Routes

For Students 4th - 8th
For this reading maps practice worksheet, student use the map titled "Leaving the Dust Bowl 1930-1939" and respond to 4 multiple choice questions. Students also complete the story writing activity at the bottom of the sheet.
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Westward Expansion

For Teachers 8th
Grab the popcorn and take a seat for a Hollywood premier! Eighth graders grasp the concepts behind Westward Expansion and create engaging videos by working through a set of 18 engaging tasks. They also hone their technology, social...
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Wagons West!

For Teachers 5th - 8th
The first pioneers faced many obstacles on their journey west. Middle schoolers read different historical fiction texts (ideas are provided), make connections, and complete a detailed packet (included). Reading guides, journal ideas, and...
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A Trip Back in Time: Missouri quarter reverse

For Teachers 2nd - 3rd
I love time capsules. After reviewing elements of pioneer life, your class will create a time capsule that would have belonged to a pioneer in the 1830s. Each person must write a description of each item they would have brought and why...
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Feature Column: Virtual Field Trips

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Students discover ways to stay healthy by utilizing Internet education software.  In this computer technology lesson, students investigate Internet programs that simulate a field trip by showing images and video.  Students participate in...
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Nebraska Challenge

For Students 4th - 5th
In this Nebraska activity, students explore the state of Nebraska. Students complete ten multiple choice questions about Nebraska.
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Manifest Destiny

For Students 9th - 12th
In this Westward Expansion worksheet, students read assigned textbook pages which describe  Manifest Destiny and respond to 33 short answer questions.
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The Gold Rush

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Students identify the routes involved in the Gold Rush on a map. In this map skills lesson, students use a United States map to locate the routes used to travel to California during the Gold Rush. Students demonstrate how to use the map...
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Women of Stone - Activity 1

For Teachers 6th - 11th
Students create a short writing piece reflecting one defined role of a woman in this introductory look at women and their role in society through the ages. Emphasis is placed on group discussions of student writings.
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Third Grade Social Studies- Quiz

For Students 3rd - 5th
In this social studies worksheet, students complete a 25 question multiple choice quiz about early American colonial life and the Cherokee and other Native American tribes.
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Double Quiz: Present Simple Questions/ Trivia

For Students 6th - 10th
In this ESL online interactive grammar worksheet, students answer 15 multiple choice questions regarding the use of present simple tense verbs. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
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Nebraska Vocabulary

For Students 3rd - 4th
In this vocabulary worksheet, students read the vocabulary associated with Nebraska. Students complete the 10 examples using the words in the word box.
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Add and Subtract within 100- Matching Worksheet

For Students 1st - 3rd
There are seven word problems here which test your class's basic addition and subtraction skills. Answers are listed on the right, but they must find the correct one and record the corresponding letter next to the problem. Consider doing...
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Historical Routes

For Students 5th - 6th
In this United States highways worksheet, students review a short paragraph about the Dust Bowl and the routes people used to leave the region. Students then use the map to answer the geographical questions about the two routes. Students...
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A Helping Hand: The Role of Guides During Western Expansion

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students research and examine the lives and culture of western mountain guides during the early to mid 1800s. Students write reports about a guide they research, do a simulation of the guide by keeping a journal, managing money and...
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Mapping Your Way Out West: A Stamp of Approval

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students explore the relationship between people, places, and the environment during the Westward Expansion of the US. They identify geographical landforms and features encountered by the pioneers during this time period.
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Native American Culture

For Teachers K - 3rd
Young scholars read a variety of Native American Literature and discuss the main idea by answering critical thinking questions about the poem. Students use context clues to understand the feeling of the Native American culture about the...
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Numbers in Art

For Teachers K - 3rd
Students choose a number from one to twelve and tell a number story about it. They listen to the teacher read "Numbers in Art" by Lucy Micklethwait. Students choose three numbers from one to twelve and view works of art while looking for...
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A Study of Grasses on the American Prairie

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders study the ecology and impact of animal and human life as it relates to the environment of the Great Plains and its grasses. They compare types of grasses with a rainfall map to illustrate the effect of precipitation on...
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Impact of Westward Expansion on Indigenous Populations

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students study the impact of westward expansion on Native American populations. They create a diorama of a Native American scene, write imaginary letters as a pioneer child reflecting on his/her experiences, and create story sticks that...
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The Adventure Begins: "Boys I Believe I have Found a Gold Mine"

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Learners explore the California Gold Rush.  In this U.S. history Gold Rush lesson, students view and analyze a number of authentic documents that originated during the California Gold Rush.  Learners identify images that reflect the Gold...
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Nebraska Crossword

For Students 3rd - 4th
In this crossword puzzle worksheet, students read the phrases associated with Nebraska. Students complete the puzzle with 10 words about Nebraska.
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Mapping our Way- A journey through United States Expansion

For Teachers 7th - 10th
Students explore the Westward Expansion. In this United State expansion lesson, students use various primary sources to complete maps of the United States, as they looked prior to and after the Westward movement.
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Learning Landscapes

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders analyze a landscape depicting Yosemite during the time of the Wild West. They compare their perceptions of the West from film and television to this representation. They observe the use of scale and color to depict size and...
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What if the Mormons had not come to Utah?

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders use critical thinking, evaluation, and geography skills to find alternative locations that Brigham Young could have taken the Mormons to settle.
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Wagon Train

For Teachers 3rd - Higher Ed
Students use educational software to examine the hardships and problem solving skills needed by the pioneers as they endured frontier life. They work as teams while using the game simulation. They work a number of project while not on...
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Manifest Destiny on the Ground

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students explain the map symbols used on the core map. They define Manifest Destiny. They create a journal of how people experienced Manifest Destiny.
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Lesson: The U.S. Westward Movement

For Teachers 4th - 10th
Learners research the U.S. Westward movement. In this U.S. history lesson plan, students research the topic, complete a creative writing activity for the lesson plan, and a design activity for the lesson plan.
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Where's the Boss? -- A Scripted Play About the Iditarod

For Teachers K - 8th
Young scholars utilize a Reader's Theater script and accompanying lesson plan to learn about the Iditarod race that takes place in Alaska. During the process, they also learn about teamwork and working together.
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Describing a Landscape

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students identify the geographical features and find them on a map. They describe the continuities and changes in a landscape between 1846 and the present.
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4 and 5 Digit Dividends

For Students 4th - 5th
In this dividend worksheet, students divide to solve 6 word problems. All problems have 4 or 5 digit dividends. Problems 1 and 2 have been started for students.
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Headin' West! The Life of a Pioneer

For Teachers 5th
Students explore the life of a pioneer and the relationship between the concept of Manifest Destiny and pioneering. Students complete activities, maps, writing and reading to experience pioneer life. Handouts and worksheets are included...
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A Trip Back in Time

For Teachers 2nd - 3rd
Students investigate the pioneer experience in the 1800s. They view and discuss the images on the Missouri quarter, read a story about pioneer life, complete a worksheet, and create a booklet-form time capsule of pioneer items from the...
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Civil War Battle Map

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders identify five Civil War battles.
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The Adventure Begins: "Boys I Believe I Have Found a Gold Mine!"

For Teachers 7th - 11th
Students view and discuss historical documents regarding Native Americans and Californians prior to the gold rush in the 1940's. They complete a variety of activities designed to show what they have learned from these sources and class...
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Who are the Women of the Pacific North West: 1830-1870?

For Teachers 10th - 11th
Students view a picture from the Vancouver National Historic Reserve and discuss the people in the picture. They locate Cromwell's Map and discuss the villages located close to Fort Vancouver. Students read information regarding the role...
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Become An Expert!

For Teachers 3rd - 7th
Students become aware of the history to the Missouri quarter. Students combine two historically significant images: the famous explorers Lewis and Clark and the Gateway Arch. Students explore the rich history of this state.
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Writing With Dolch

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students increase their skills in word attack, fluency, and spelling of words and research and find information on topics from the Internet. They then use the Quick Cam with the computer and will increase cooperative skills in small...
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Impact of Westward Expansion on Indigenous Populations

For Teachers 7th
Seventh graders explore, analyze and study about the impact of westward expansion on Native American populations. They assess the cultures of American Indians, the development of the Western States as well as the development of the...
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Social Studies: Primary and Secondary Sources

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students assess the information contained in primary and secondary sources and discuss the differences between them. They examine the diary of a World War I soldier with a textbook account to determine the validity of each. As a...
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American West: Railroads

For Students 5th - 6th
In these American West worksheets, students cut out the cards related to the American West and the railroads. Students match the cards together.
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Writing a Weather Report or Weather Forecast

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Middle schoolers examine their geography skills. In this weather forecasting lesson, students select a location and research it. Middle schoolers write a weather report or forecast for the chosen location based on their research.
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Language Arts Activities

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Students complete vocabulary, letters, poetry, and non fiction activities. In this language arts lesson plan, students do a variety of activities testing their language arts knowledge.
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An Encounter of Former Foes

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Students examine a timeline on the internet showing the relationship between the American Government and the Nez Perce in the 19th Century. After looking at the timeline and included map, students answer questions.
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Volcanoes A-Z

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students examine terminology related to the study of volcanoes, geology, or the ecosystems that surround them. They make note of key words while reading exhibits, interpretive signs, or labels, or hearing them from each other, their...
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Learning About Asia

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students study about Asia from class lecture. They study about the continent, the main places in Asia, the products, the climate, and other important facts so they can write an outline for their paper. Students write their outline and...
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Learning About Firemen

For Teachers K
Students explore the job of a fireman. In this career education activity, students brainstorm what they already know about firemen and take a field trip to a fire station.
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Generalizing

For Students 4th - 6th
In this reading comprehension practice worksheet, learners read a brief selection and then respond to 5 multiple choice questions regarding generalization.
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Frontier Forts

For Teachers 7th
Seventh graders study frontier forts. In this Kansas history lesson, 7th graders research the history and conditions of Fort Leavenworth, Fort Scott, Fort Riley, Fort Larned, and Fort Hays. Students write letters from the perspective of...
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Sacajawea

For Students 7th - 12th
In this online interactive history quiz worksheet, students respond to 48 multiple choice questions about Sacajawea. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
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My Name is America

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Students read My Name is America about the Donner Party journey and create a scrapbook of what they read. In this Donner Party lesson plan, students also map out the journal they read about.
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Curiosity Drives Change: Early Pioneers' Sense of Disc

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders examine the journals of some of the earliest pioneers in Utah. They discover the attitudes of pioneer living and summarize what they have learned.
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The American West-Knowledge Test

For Students 4th - 5th
In this American West worksheet, students complete a 24 questions test about the American West. Answers are included beneath questions on worksheet.
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Mr. Bush in Washington

For Teachers 2nd - 4th
Students study about George Washington Bush and write a biography about him in a small group. To gain a better understanding of him, they listen to a biography on a tape about him. They visit various sites about him to help them examine...
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Westward Expansion

For Teachers 2nd
Students examine how the events that took place during the time of the Westward Expansion affected the pioneers and Native Americans through the seven lessons of this unit. Enhancements in transportation over time are also a part of the...
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Our Community- In Sculpture Form

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Students use the works of William H. Johnson as the basis for a project. The objective is to use his works as a demonstration of communication to the community. The sculpture is supposed to be made out of clay.
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The Civil War

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Students examine the events of the Civil War. Using the internet, they research one aspect of the war of interest to them. In groups, they create a hyperstudio stack which they present to their classmates showing the information they...

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