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Oregon Trail

Famous People from the 1800s!

February 15, 2016
Famous People from the 1800s!

  These are short biographical summaries of people that made a difference in the events in the United States during the 1800s.   Since we watched a DVD on Lewis and Clark from National Geographic, that my students enjoyed, I wanted them to focus on other famous people from that time period.  Granted, I...
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Mapping Skills Used for the Oregon Trail Simulation

January 19, 2016
Mapping Skills Used for the Oregon Trail Simulation

This is the map I drew up for the Oregon Trail Simulation that I took my students on.  It lead them through the trails of a state park that I adapted to fit our needs and added the appropriate land marks along the way. It was a great adventure. Tweet
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I Made a Wood Tripod for Cooking Over a Fire!

May 30, 2012
I Made a Wood Tripod for Cooking Over a Fire!

To get ready to serve my students a traditional wagon train meal of beans, corn bread and coffee, I set out to figure out how to make a tripod like the pioneers might have had.  A little research and a long stick found in the nearby woods and I was ready. First I removed...
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Making Their Own Corn Meal

May 27, 2012
Making Their Own Corn Meal

  Using simple tools to make corn meal The pioneers needed to provide for 6 months of food on the trail and, since there were no Walmart’s to go to if they ran out of supplies, enough to live on until they could grow their own.  Tools were simple. So we had our students...
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Covered Wagons Ready!

May 26, 2012
Covered Wagons Ready!

Preparing Covered Wagons Preparing for our travel on the Oregon Trail has been fun.  The students have all been grouped into “families” with new names and occupations.  They have been very excited by their names and “How do you speak Swedish?”.  On this day the families are working on building their covered wagons. A...
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Sharing Around the Campfire!

May 10, 2012
Sharing Around the Campfire!

Famous People in 1800’s I have a multi-age classroom and my older students read about people that influenced events during the 1800’s.  The assignment was to read the brief summary and write out an outline of the important events. Then come up with 3 questions to be interviewed about that person.  After they had...
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Selecting the right supplies for our trip on the Oregon Trail

May 9, 2012
Selecting the right supplies for our trip on the Oregon Trail

  This is the display we set up to help our scholars plan for their trip on the Oregon Trail.  A very creative volunteer made our “hide” supply list.  She even wrote some of the letters backwards to give it an old time feel!  Very funny! Our scholars were grouped into families.  They were...
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