Map the Journey

8-10 yrs old

11-13 yrs old

14-18 yrs old

18+ yrs old


Students will learn about what it takes to map one's journey.

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September 18, 2017


  • Creativity
  • Critical Thinking

Learning Objectives

  • Students will practice finding locations on a map of United States.

Guiding Ideas

  • Can you map your favorite trip?
  • Can you map your way to your school?
  • Can you map your way to your friend's house?

Student Activities

Old fashioned GPS – It’s a map! Trail goers did not have GPS devices or fancy maps that identified the nearest fast food restaurant…because neither of those existed! Use this list of places that the Pioneers visited to chart their journey on a current US map. For an extra challenge, note the elevation changes along the trail by using a topographical map.

Performance Expectations

Maps have their own language and beauty.

  • What new vocabulary did you gain by mapping your journey?
  • What new concepts did you learn by mapping your journey?
  • What new observations do you have about your Oregon Trail journey?


  • Creativity
  • Critical Thinking