We have spent the last two months studying the life on the Oregon Trail . We listened to a wonderful chapter book titled Ranger in Time Rescue on the Oregon Trail along with several other books with wonderful visuals, watched several documentaries, listened to music etc. We ended our unit with a few fun projects to demonstrate our understanding of the geography by narrating our personal adventure using a map and stopping along several key locations, trying to ford the Missouri River in a wagon full or personal belongings and supplies and will end the year acting out the journey in a reader's theatre adapted to a play.
The children made their wagon with a specific set of supplies. On a previous day they were asked to pick supplies from a list they felt they needed to take on their trip west. These items were weighted and the corresponding grams were placed in their 'wagons'. We had some heavy wagons! Many wagons lost their pianos, kitchen tables and chairs etc. down that deep fast flowing river.