Are your students ready to make life-or-death decisions as if they were pioneers on the Oregon Trail? This engaging simulation follows a "choose your own adventure" style, and allows students to work individually or in groups to make decisions that pioneers faced during the long journey to Oregon! It gets kids excited to learn, engaged with the material, and allows them to make choices as they collaborate with one another!
For this activity, student groups will read about various situations that pioneers potentially would have faced along the Oregon Trail, and are asked to make a choice between two or more options as to what *they* would do. Each unique choice leads them to their next situation, and their next choice to the next situation - and so on! As they make each decision, students anticipate throughout the activity whether or not they are going to "survive," or "die" along the dangerous journey!
This purchase includes:
-(1) interactive google slides presentation that are specifically linked for students to click according to their own choices with varying end results based on those choices, creating a "choose your own adventure" feel to the activity.
-A 3-page "Teacher's Manual," including specific instructions, tips and tricks, guiding questions for leading up to the activity, and more!
-A student activity handout which students complete as they engage in the activity.
-Reflection questions for students to complete following the completion of the activity.
-A google slides presentation to display to your students which introduces the topic, displays a map and sets the context for students, displays the objectives of the activity, and displays the reflection questions to discuss as a full class following the activity.
My store also sells a hands-on/scavenger hunt version of this product which you can find here:
Oregon Trail Simulation
This version includes materials to set-up the activity as a scavenger hunt that allows students to physically move from location to location as they make their decisions! If you like the idea of allowing your students to get up and move as they complete this activity, click the link for more information! :)
****The materials are accessed through google slides. Written instructions as to how to copy, save, and edit these documents are included upon download of this product. ****