Oregon Trail Activity Free

Wise Guys
Grade Levels
5th - 8th
Formats Included
  • PDF (5 pages)
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This is a great activity to get your students ready for the Oregon Trail Simulation. Included in this free resource is: an introductory letter from a pioneer, two pages of questions to answer about prior knowledge of the Oregon Trail, key vocabulary related to the journey westward, and a United States map to locate important places along the trail. This intro activity will get your students excited about learning more about Westward Expansion.


This is part of our Oregon Trail Simulation resource that is for purchase.

Your Oregon Trail Simulation will include the following (50+ pages)

→Teacher Tips Handout (5-pages)

Introductory Handout (5-pages)-this resource

→Introductory Handout Answer Key

→Group Procedures Handout (1-page)

→Family Jobs for Teacher (1-page)

→General Store Price List Cards (4-pages)

→General Store Order Form (1-page)

→General Store Cards (9-pages)

→Oregon Trail Food Log (2-pages)

→Oregon Trail Journal (2-pages)

→Log and Journal Example (2-pages)

→Dairy Tracking Journal (1-page)

→Bullet Tracker Log (1-page)

→My Trail Reflection Handout (1-page)

→Project Choices (1-page)

→Creating “Apps” Choice (1-page)

→Trail Bucks (6-pages)

→Health Cards (1-page)

→Hunting Cards (1-page)

→Random Events Cards (1-page)

→River Crossing Cards (1-page)

→Grading Rubric (1-page)

→Game Board Extension Activity (separate from simulation; 6-pages)

This is a very comprehensive resource that will give you the tools to successfully implement the Oregon Trail Simulation in your classroom.


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Total Pages
5 pages
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