Teacher Review For The Oregon Trail

This game maybe the reason I became a social studies teacher!

Jen F.
Classroom teacher
Charles R. Drew Charter School
Atlanta, GA
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My Grades 10
My Subjects Social Studies
My Rating 4
Learning Scores
Engagement 4
Pedagogy 4
Support 2
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Individual
Knowledge gain
Student-driven work
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
I used this product during our Unit on Manifest Destiny in U.S. History. It is geared for younger students (elementary or middle), but my high school students really enjoyed it. This isn't something we spent a ton of time on (maybe 15 min 2 or 3 times during that unit), but my kids really enjoyed it & seemed to have a greater sense the choice homesteaders faced.
My Take
This is a tool around which I would plan an entire unit, but it is a great tool to engage students around specific aspects of America's settlement of the West. It is geared toward younger students, but it might be neat to see a version for older students that incorporates more of Howard Zinn's social history.