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The Oregon Trail
Imagine walking for 2,000 miles barefoot.
That is what many children did as they traveled the Oregon Trail
in the 1800s. Being a pioneer was not easy. The weak did not survive.
But those who were strong and determined had an incredible adventure.
Go to http://www.isu.edu/~trinmich/Oregontrail.html
and read All About the Oregon Trail.
Click on "Hardships." On this page, the historian
Merrill Mattes is quoted as saying: "The trip for most
people was an ordeal. More than they bargained for, I'm
sure. But most of them had the guts to stick it out and either
get there or die in the effort." What do you think the pioneers
were looking for? What do you think would motivate them "to
stick it out"?
Now from the left side of the screen, click on "Historic
Sites." Visit five sites along the trail and write the name
of the site and a give brief description of each.
Go to Fantastic Facts and then click on "Weird Wagons."
Imagine that you plan to join the wagon trains on the Oregon Trail.
On your paper, design a vehicle that could take you on a journey
across rough, uncharted territory. (Remember cars didn't
Complete your journey by taking a field trip with the students at Monroe Middle School. Go to http://monhome.sw2.k12.wy.us/ot/trail.html. Read about the places they visited, then read their imaginary pioneer journals. Show what you learned from this lesson by writing a journal pretending that you traveled the Oregon Trail with your family.
The Oregon Trail Teacher's Notes
Grade Levels: 48