The Oregon Trail Language Pack is a curriculum based resource developed to target higher level language skills. It is intended for use in speech-language therapy, but may also be used in resource rooms or for in-class centers based activities. Language skills targeted include: auditory memory / listening comprehension, idioms, problem solving / reasoning skills, and content based Tier II / Tier III vocabulary. Activities are motivational and include reinforcement games. This packet is intended for use with 4th and 5th grade students. It is aligned to the Common Core State Standards, as well as the North Carolina Essential Standards for Social Studies.*
~27 Auditory Memory / Listening Comprehension cards containing non-fiction passages (4-6 sentences in length) about The Oregon Trail. Includes follow-up questions.
~28 Idioms cards. Each card contains an idiom used in context, and is based on Oregon Trail content.
~24 problem solving cards based on real hardships pioneers faced on The Trail.
~10 Tier II / Tier III unit specific vocabulary cards**, with matching definition cards. 10 words in sentences cards. 15 synonym cards. Templates for writing sentences. Vocabulary instruction and activities suggestions.
~1 Problem Solving Guide
~1 Oregon Trail game board with game pieces
~"Idioms Outpost" game
*In North Carolina, The Oregon Trail is taught in 5th grade as part of the Westward Expansion Unit.
**Research indicates that 4th and 5th grade students participating in the regular curriculum are capable of learning between 10-11 new vocabulary words per week. Typically developing students require at least 6 exposures before they begin to learn and recall new words. Students with language and learning disabilities will require specific and explicit instruction in curriculum vocabulary, and will need more than 6 exposures before they demonstrate retention. For these reasons, content specific vocabulary words were included with this packet, and selected words were limited to 10 targets.
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