3-5 yrs old
6-7 yrs old
8-10 yrs old
Climate & Environment
Choosing when to leave is an important part of the journey.
March 25, 2019
Making The Trek
What would it be like to take on the Oregon Trail journey today?
Students explore weather information for places along the Oregon Trail. Given the weather in the mountain ranges during certain months, which month would you leave on this 3-5 month journey?
You’re going to be gone on this journey for 3-5 months, so which part of the year will you begin your journey? Examine the weather patterns of the states covering the Oregon Trail. How does the weather affect this journey? Discuss with others in your group which month you think is best to begin your journey and reasons why you think that. Post your final choice by filling in this statement: “I think it is best to leave Missouri in the month of _____.”
Travelers needed to leave early enough in the year so that they didn’t get trapped in the mountains in the winter, but early enough so that animals had food to graze on. A typical month to leave would be April or May.