Six Trails West

Self-Paced Lesson

Students will learn about how and why people moved west during the 1800s. Students will investigate the six trails pioneers used to travel west, pick a trail, create a packing list and write a fictional journal entry on the journey based on what they learned about the trail west.


Standards

CA HSS 5.8.4


Lesson and Resources

Lesson: Six Trails West; Spanish

Student Response Sheet: Six Trails West Fillable Student Response Sheet; Spanish

Webinar: Trails West


Associated Education Lessons


Teaching Tips for Different Learning Environments

Whole Class In-Person Learning: Group project - pack a suitcase, present trail and suitcase. Or, Students view others' trail maps, and write a journal entry for a day on that trail or creates a packing list based on what they see.

Whole Class Distance Learning: Challenge students to physically collect objects for their packing list and dress in an outfit for the trail.

Tech Fun: Use Padlet maps, Google Tours or another application and students add information on a trail to the map: stops and points of interest, packing list, journal to trail.


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