Teacher Review For The Oregon Trail

Great addition to the curriculum

Suzanne F.
Classroom teacher
Ormondale Elementary School
Portola Valley, CA
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My Grades 3
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts
My Rating 4
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Individual
Knowledge gain
Great with Advanced learners
Special needs
How I Use It
Students use it during our Pioneer unit on the medium level. We keep track of their progress in a written journal so that there is some accountability of their progress. This allows them to reflect on what worked and didn't work along the route. Students are engaged and motivated to use it and learn a lot about the challenges faced along the way.
My Take
This is a great app which adds value to the Pioneer unit taught in my classroom. Students learn about the challenges faced by the pioneers as they started on the trail towards Oregon. Go too quickly and your wagon and health will suffer. Forget to hunt for food, and your health will suffer and you could lose some of your family. You need to make good decisions along the way to successfully make it to Oregon. I love the multiple levels as it really differentiates itself for the different learners in the classroom.