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Students explore a place of interest. They examine the cultural and historical features of the area. Students write a paper containing their collected data. They create a presentation or the class.
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Studying History through Journal Keeping
Students 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...
8th - 12th Social Studies & History
Westward Expansion in the Garden
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...
5th - 8th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Excerpt from the Trail of Tears Diary
How did Native American nations exhibit resilience as they were forcibly relocated from their homelands in 1830? Pupils read two interview excerpts from the Trail of Tears Diary and discuss what Native Americans fought to preserve along...
7th - 11th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Westward Expansion Packet
What major trails were used for westward migration of the American people during the nineteenth century? With these worksheets, your young historians will use and analyze maps to discover more about the travels of Jedidiah Smith, and to...
5th - 7th Social Studies & History
Interesting Facts about the Historic Trails
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...
6th - 8th Social Studies & History
Study History through Journal Keeping
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...
8th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable