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28 reviewed resources for us history, oregon trail

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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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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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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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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Complete with maps, photographs, and historical documents, this presentation would be a great resource throughout a unit about mid-19th century America.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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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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Westward Ho!

For Teachers 3rd - 4th
Young scholars 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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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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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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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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"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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Western Expansion

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders practice their map skills.  For this American History and Geography lesson, 8th graders participate in problem solving and teamwork.  Students study the impact of western migration. 
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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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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.