This 151 page set includes all materials needed for students to write a story and publish a 22+ page book as if they were traveling the Oregon Trail. There’s lot of components to this fun and motivating project so keep reading! See the 5 page product preview to see what's included. :)
Students research Oregon Trail landmarks and record notes to be included in their story. Help students build background knowledge by conducting online research, reading books, watching videos etc. Students keep notes about Trail landmarks in their story planner/note taking organizer. Students spin a spinner on the SMART Board (also in non-SMART Board format) to get their family’s wagon type and brothers and sisters. They use a real pioneer name list to create their characters, and choose animals, occupations, and a departure year. Students draw a sketch of their family and write three reflective responses before they embark on this journey. Using the criteria sheet, student authors weave problems and incidents into each page of their story. They write rough drafts on the special paper with space for editing and criteria listed for each page. Later, students use the torn edged bordered paper for their final copy. The “About the Author” page finishes off the inside of the book.
Students also draw a quilt block that shows symmetry and a draw a map of the Oregon Trail to include in their book. Students make their own stiff book cover from cardboard and fabric and bind the book together with braided yarn.
All details and directions are provided along with photos of student work. Directions are included to make a stiff, fabric covered book cover that will be held together with braided yarn. Other book cover styles are shown as well.
I love teaching the Oregon Trail and this is my favorite project for students to demonstrate not only their knowledge of the Oregon Trail journey but also their writing and illustrating skills. This story writing project is the perfect to accompany my Oregon Trail simulation. Books become treasured keepsakes for students afterwards.
Materials Included: 142 pages of material in all
• Project Overview for the Teacher – 17 pgs PDF
• My Pioneer Identity & Choices – 3 pgs PDF
• Meet My Family Drawing Paper – 2 pgs PDF
• Meet My Family Student Examples – 1 pg PDF
• Writing Response - Pros and Cons of Going to Oregon – 1 pg PDF
• Writing Response – Would YOU Go to Oregon? 1 pg PDF
• Writing Response - Diary Entry: Goodbye, We’re Leaving for Oregon – 1 pg PDF
• Story Planner & Student Note Taking Packet with Trail Distances, Criteria and Evaluation Sheet – 19 pgs PDF + 19 pgs MS Word
• Rough Draft Book Story Paper, page by page, landmark specific – 19 pgs PDF
• Oregon Trail Map – 1 pg PDF
• Oregon Trail Wall Map Photos – 1 pg PDF
• Human Migration Wall Definition – 1 pg PDF
• Design a Quilt Block – 6 pgs PDF
• Quilt Block Book Cover Color Order Form – 1 pg PDF
• Story Due Dates Handout – 1 pg MS Word editable
• Final Copy Book Story Paper with Torn Edges 8.5 x 11 Inches, assorted line heights, with and without space for illustrations – 7 pgs PDF
• Final Copy Book Story with Torn Edges 8.5 x 8.5 Inches for making a square finished book, assorted line heights, with and without space for illustrations – 7 pgs PDF
• Teacher Book Making Instructions & Photos of Student Work Samples – 19 pgs PDF
• SMART Board File – “Get Yer’ Wagon & Family” Interactive Activity – 5 pgs SMART Notebook
• Non-SMART Board Users “Get Yer’ Wagon & Family” Interactive Activity – 2 pg PDF
• Oregon Trail Web Site Use & Link to Online Web Collection – 1 pg PDF
• Binder Cover, Back and 4 Spine Sizes to Hold Teacher Materials - 6 pgs PDF
• Binder Cover, Back and 4 Spine Sizes to Hold Student Materials (Black & White & Color) - 3 pgs PDF
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Oregon Trail or Old Fashioned Looking Writing Paper