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The Oregon Trail
as part of Westward Expansion from Eureka!
a constantly changing URL database with content relevant to elementary school curricula
1843 - Oregon Trail
- Research the Oregon Trail taking notes while using a URL site, an encyclopedia and a picture book.
- As a character along the Oregon Trail, use the notes to create an illustrated journal containing 6 - 7 entries which reveal important incidents and discoveries. (Student characters 1 and 2 interpretations)
- Organize a focused narrative which:
- includes background information about how and why the Oregon Trail came about
- contains information of what happened along the Oregon Trail
- uses supporting details to explain how the use of the Oregon Trail affected the growth history of the United States!
- Create an artifact packet (use a gallon plastic bag) which includes primary source documents, miniature props, and a descriptive index of the contents related to the Oregon Trail.
- Follow the route of the Oregon Trail using maps and your wagon to begin at Independence, MO to Lake McCaonaughy, NE; persevere through the desert to Windlass Hill, NE and Robidoux Pass, NE; continue over the Rocky Mountains from Fort Laramie, WY to South Pass, WY; trek across the parched land from South Pass, WY to Bear River Valley, ID; pass through Soda Springs, ID to Fort Boise, ID; plodding onward from Keeney Pass, OR to The Dalles, OR; ending in Oregon City, Oregon. Take the image quiz of the Oregon Trail sights!!
- Read the diaries of people reaching Oregon after traveling the Oregon Trail
- Oregon Trail challenge and student-created interpretative work 1 and 2 based on suggested readings to support the readings.
- In Search of the Oregon Trail
- Oregon Trail Going West)
- Consider looking into seeing the West through the eyes of artists Albert Bierstadt, Frederic Remington, Charles Marion Russell
- Stein, R. Conrad. The Oregon Trail (description)
- Van Leeuwen, Jean. The Fourth of July on the Plains . NY: Dial, 1997. (Pict V Turner)(1852)(description)
[Indiana to Oregon]
- Schlissel, Lillian and Knight, Amelia Stewart. The Way West: Journal of a Pioneer Woman. NY: Simon & Schuster, 1980. (description)
- Coerr, Eleanor. Josefina Story Quilt. (1986) [1850 to California] (description)
- Ackerman, Karen. Araminta's Paint Box (1990) [1847 Boston to California] (description)
- Harvey, Brett. Cassie's Journey: Going West in the 1860s
(1988) [Illinois to California] (description)
- Gerrard, Roy. Wagon's West (description)
. (1996) [1850s]
- Levine, Ellen. If You Traveled West in a Covered Wagon (description)
- Hoobler, Dorothy. Julie Meyer: The Story of a Wagon Train Girl (description)
- Kudlinski, Kathleen. Facing West: A Story of the Oregon Trail (58 ps.) (description)
- Van Leeuwen, Jean. Bound for Oregon (description)
- Littlefield, Holly. Children of the Trail West. (description)
- Cushman, Karen. The Ballad of Lucy Whipple
. (195 ps) (Adams/CodSq/Lower Mills/Mattapan) (description)
- Gregory, Kristiana. Prairie Dust: The Oregon Trail Diary of Hattie Campbell (164 ps.) (description)
As of December 4, 2003, you are visitor to share the Oregon Trail.
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