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Pack Your Wagon

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Grade Level:
Upper Elementary: Third Grade through Fifth Grade
Social Studies
Lesson Duration:
90 Minutes
Common Core Standards:
3.RI.3, 3.RI.6, 3.RI.9
State Standards:
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Additional Standards:
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Overview: This lesson can be used in conjunction with either the National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center, or else there are materials and resources that can be used in the classroom. Includes anticipation guides, primary sources describing packed items, and supply list worksheets.


This lesson can be done as part of the “Wagons Ho!” exhibit at the National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center, or it can be done in the classroom using only the attached materials. If done at the Interpretive Center, the full scale packable wagon can be used with large foam blocks labeled for each of the items on the packing list. This may require some pre-organization to assign groups.

Lesson plan: https://www.blm.gov/or/oregontrail/files/packwagon.pdf


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Last updated: July 20, 2017