Lesson Plan

Westward Ho!

Students researched the lives of people who traveled the Oregon Trail during the 1840s and 1850s. They read journals written by the travelers themselves and using the information from these journals, they replicated the journey in Minecraft.
Jennifer R.
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Heathrow Elementary School
Lake Mary, FL
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies
Objectives

Students will answer this essential question:
What would it have been like to walk in the shoes of a 19th-century settler in the West?

Westward Ho! Florida Social Studies Standards Addressed:

SS.5.A.1.1
Use primary and secondary sources to understand history.

SS.5.A.1.2
Utilize timelines to identify and discuss American History time periods.

SS.5.A.6.1
Describe the causes and effects of the Louisiana Purchase.

SS.5.A.6.3
Examine 19th century advancements (canals, roads, steamboats, flat boats, overland wagons, Pony Express, railroads) in transportation and communication. 

SS.5.A.6.4 
Explain the importance of the explorations west of the Mississippi River.

SS.5.A.6.6 
Explain how westward expansion affected Native Americans.

SS.5.A.6.7
Discuss the concept of Manifest Destiny.

SS.5.A.6.9 
Describe the hardships of settlers along the overland trails to the west.

Subjects
Social Studies
exploration
geography
history
Grades 4 - 5
STEPS
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