The Oregon Trail as a Multidisciplinary Instructional
Mapping - The students will keep track of their route on a map.
Geography - The students should label and describe the key geographic locations
that they arrive at.
Clothing Styles - Look into identifying what clothing was used at the time.
Religion - Research the religious backgrounds of those who embarked on
the trail. This will likely be varied.
Guns/Hunting - Find out what types of guns and ammunition were used at
Food - What kinds of food were eaten on the trail.
Medical - Keep track of the diseases and ailments that the travelers got
on the trail.
Practical - What is "caulking"? What does it really involve?
Weather - What are the weather patterns on the Oregon Trail from March
Vegetation - What types of vegetation was encountered, including wild fruit,
types of grass, and types of trees and forests. What was edible,
what was poisonous?
Study the changes in wildlife along the trail from the 1800's through present.
Purchasing/Budgeting - The process of outfitting the waggon should be discussed
in the context of money management.
Continued tracking of funds - Much like the skills used to balance a check
book, the students should keep track of each expense along the way, and
subtract it from their total.
Reading - The students will not only read and observe what heppens to them,
but learn to take brief notes about events that happen to them and their
Creative Writing - The students can write about what happened to their
family, and embellish the story as they see fit for a creative writing
Painting/Drawing - The students could use a given medium (watercolors/stencil,
etc.) to draw depictions of key events that occur.
Image Capture - The students could take screen snapshots of key events
already drawn by the game, and incorporate them into their written report.
Tranlsation - Students could do a cross-age unit, in which high school
age students work with elementary age students to translate the elemtary
students' stories from english to the foreign language the older student
here to download the Oregon Trail Treveler's Notes