Learners 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 situation of our country. Learners then work in groups to research the Oregon Trail. Students then write and illustrate letters. Learners then learn songs relating to the 1800's.