1)The program begins with a live auction in which all 'families' chose which items to purchase for their journey based on their budget.
2)We will begin the journey in Independence MO.
3)The students will trace the path of the journey west on their own maps and mark several important landmarks along the way.
4)The students will calculate the miles traveled at each landmark.
5) Students will learn about the jobs children had in wagon trains.
6)There will be some time for questions and answers.
The participants will make decisions about what supplies would be necessary for a trip across the continent with a limited amount of money.
The students will make decisions about supplies by using teamwork and cooperation.
The students will map out the Oregon Trail on their individual maps.
The students will learn about the role of children their own age on the trail.
The students will calculate the actual mileage traveled on the trail by the settlers.
National US History Social Studies Standards (NSS-USH.5-12.3 ERA 3)
Revolution and the New Nation (1754-1820s)
National US History Social Studies Standards (NSS-USH.5-12.4 ERA 4)
Expansion and Reform (1801-1864)
South Carolina Social Studies Standard (4.3.CO)
Compare the motivations for and reactions to various expeditions into the Western territories.
South Carolina Social Studies Standard (4.3.CE)
Analyze the effects of government policies in promoting United States territorial expansion into the West.