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.
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.