My powerpoint presentations are typically short and sweet. You will not see slides with an overwhelming amount of information. I use these presentations after my kids have had the chance to explore the topic through text and other resources.
This 11 slide powerpoint discusses the reasons why pioneers moved west and what legacies they left behind. The four groups covered are Pioneer Women, Mormons, 49ers, and the Chinese. Each slide gives a simple explanation of their reasons and legacies.
There is also graphic organizer that students complete as they review the powerpoint. Students takes notes and make an illustration relating to legacies. The last question brings them to the modern day pioneer. It asks them if they would be willing to be a pioneer to the planned Mars colony in 2022!