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As a part of the online collaborative unit, Westward Ho!, students will work in cooperative groups of 4-5 students to decide what items they need to take on the Oregon Trail, determine the cost of the items, and complete a ledger to inventory (keep up with) items used on the trail. Information will then be used as part of a multimedia slideshow journal describing the journey.
Primary Learning Objective(s):
Students will create a budget for the Oregon Trail according to their needs and financial status. Students will explain why establishing a budget for obtaining essential supplies and keeping an inventory was important for pioneers on the Oregon Trail.
Additional Learning Objective(s):
91 to 120 Minutes
Materials and Resources:
list of supplies needed by pioneers traveling on the Oregon Trail in the early 1850's, cost of supplies during that time period, supply template, ledger template, the book Daily Life in a Covered Wagon
Technology Resources Needed:
Computers with Internet access, presentation software, such as PowerPoint, Hyperstudio, or KidPix Deluxe, calculators
Provide students with background information about the people, places, hardships, etc. they will encounter on the Oregon Trail using the book, Daily Life in a Covered Wagon, and various websites. Assign students to pioneer family groups and guide them in deciding the make-up of their family and/or traveling companions. They should decide the family name, current occupation/financial status, and why they are traveling to Oregon.
The teacher will check the supply lists/budget sheet/ledger for accuracy and completeness. A rubric can be used to assess group cooperation. A prepared or teacher-made quiz on multiplication of 2 and 3 digit by 1 digit problems can be used to assess math concepts. A checklist can be used to assess inclusion of appropriate information in the final slideshow presenttion.
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