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Which Month Will You Leave?

3-5 yrs old

6-7 yrs old

8-10 yrs old

Science

Geography

Climate & Environment

Choosing when to leave is an important part of the journey.

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Submitted By: Minecraft Education

September 17, 2017

Skills

  • Critical Thinking
  • Creativity
  • Communication

External References

Making The Trek
https://www.nps.gov/oreg/learn/historyculture/history1.htm

What would it be like to take on the Oregon Trail journey today?

Learning Objectives

  • Students will explore weather patterns along the Oregon Trail.
  • Students will justify their reasoning for which month was best to begin their journey on the Oregon Trail.

Guiding Ideas

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?

Student Activities

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 _____.”

Performance Expectations

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.

Skills

  • Critical Thinking
  • Creativity
  • Communication

External References

Making The Trek
https://www.nps.gov/oreg/learn/historyculture/history1.htm

What would it be like to take on the Oregon Trail journey today?

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