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Oregon Trail ideas

Posted by on Apr. 19, 2012 at 2:42 PM
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 We live in Oregon and the Applegate trail comes close to where we are.  The Oregon Trail itself ended north of us and we're hoping to go see the end some this summer. I thought that this would be a neat topic for the kids to learn.

Any ideas? They're in 1st 2nd and 4th grades.

by on Apr. 19, 2012 at 2:42 PM
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usmom3
by BJ on Apr. 19, 2012 at 3:09 PM

 How out of the box do you want it to be? Do you remember the old game Oregon Trial for the computer? Well they have put it on the Wii & other systems. You could get that game for a fun way to learn about the ins & outs of what the people went through.  

kirbymom
by Sonja on Apr. 19, 2012 at 3:16 PM

 I am with us, on this.  I have the Oregon Trail and the Amazon Trail games. My kids loved them!   They learned a lot about where some animals live and how the trails were blazed in an entirely fun way. They didn't even realize they were absorbing the information until they would tell one another some of the information by heart.  lol   AND...that information stuck too!  thats one up for education if you ask me. hahaha

Pukalani79
by Kristin on Apr. 19, 2012 at 5:19 PM

 That's actually what started this. My son found the game at the Homeschool Center they go to and has been playing it and asking questions. That same week my daughter brought home a book about it . They're already interested, I was just seeing what we can do with it.  Out of the box is fine by me! :)

oredeb
by on Apr. 19, 2012 at 5:44 PM

 oh yea the applegate trail! have you ever visited the jacksonville graveyard? so many neat gravestones! ohh i read a neat story about the applegate to the kids, darn cant remember what it was called now, but it went through all the trials and everything,

as for the oregon trail, its just a few miles from where i live, they use to have the oregon trail interpetive building here but shut it down a few years ago, not sure if its running again.

for the oregon trail we made a wagon out of huge cardboxes,

there is an old kirk douglas or was it jimmy stewart movie aobut the oregon trail

heres a lot of stuff i used from mr donns site  http://americanhistory.mrdonn.org/oregontrail.html

heres some old maps  http://www.historicoregoncity.org/end-of-the-oregon-trail-history/maps

the wagon  http://www.historicoregoncity.org/end-of-the-oregon-trail-history/oregon-trail-history/156-wagons

cost of the trip- http://www.historicoregoncity.org/end-of-the-oregon-trail-history/oregon-trail-history/90-provisions-a-places

the chronology of the oregon trail  http://www.historicoregoncity.org/end-of-the-oregon-trail-history/oregon-trail-history/107-oregon-trail-chronology

fun to make your own timeline

we pretended we were making the trip and planned it out of what we'd take, and eat, and wear, etc

some neat ideas= http://www.ecarter.k12.mo.us/dept/elementary/fourthgrade/ccrites/oregontrail.html

http://www.hillsboro.k12.mo.us/faculty/link_robin/oregontrailplans1.html

heres the guide you can download http://www.blm.gov/or/oregontrail/education-teachers-packets.php

http://www.42explore2.com/oregon.htm

http://www.america101.us/trail/Oregontrail.html

i think this is one of the stories we read  http://flag.blackened.net/daver/1sthand/atp/atp.html

theres a lot of stuff i found on here thats not here anymore! to bad, use to be some really neat sites about it.

usmom3
by BJ on Apr. 19, 2012 at 5:45 PM

 Oh cool! So you could learn what they ate & pack the modern equivalent & go for a hike & then camp out! You could find a place to try your hand at gold panning sense that is what drove so many west on the trail & watch old movies set during that time.

Pukalani79
by Kristin on Apr. 19, 2012 at 10:58 PM

 Awesome ideas! Thank you!

mem82
by Platinum Member on Apr. 20, 2012 at 11:31 AM
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You could 'travel' the Oregon trail, leading up to when you leave. Pick a place to start from and have your kids write back stories for themselves, like maybe they were farmers from Ohio. Anyway, break the trail down into sections, that you travel each week. Have a map to mark your progress and maybe have a list of mishaps like high creeks or broken wheels. Figure out what you would do in each case. Try a new recipe out each week. Maybe learn about the landmarks, forts or tribes in the area you are traveling through.

mem82
by Platinum Member on May. 4, 2012 at 5:58 PM

Bump!


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