Introduction

 One of the most popular software programs is "The Oregon Trail".  But did 
you know that The Oregon Trail was real?  In fact, the trail, in the 1800's, 
played had a significant role on the growth and economic development of our 
country. Thousands of hopeful emigrants traveled for three or four months on 
the dusty and frequently dangerous pathway leading west.  Emigrants hoped to 
find a better way of life and the promise of riches at the end of the trail.  
Explore this web quest and learn more about emigrants, Native Americans, and 
why The Oregon Trail is more than a fun software program.

This web quest has been divided into five activity pages.  Each has it's own 
tasks, processes,and evaluations.  You can chose to participate in one or all 
five. 
 
If you wanted language arts and history activities then you could choose:
Book Project -  Select a book from the literature list about the Oregon Trail 
                westward expansion then make a KWL chart explaining everything
                you knew before, during, and after reading.
Scavenger Hunt - If you are unable to read books on the literature list, don't
                worry!  You can read all about the Oregon Trail by taking the 
                internet Scavenger Hunt.  Mrs. Wolf has links to a site that 
                is filled with data, maps, pictures, and unusual fun facts.
                How many answers to the questions will you find?

If you like looking at maps and working with clay then check out:
Trail Geography- This page is packed with activities about landforms.  Did 
                know that the trail was over 2000 miles long?  It crossed 
                rivers, traversed up mountain ranges, and through narrow 
                valleys.  Creating a relief map will help you appreciate how
                difficult the journey must have been.

Or if you prefer hands on activities and science experiments go to:
Covered Wagon - You will make a shoe box or K-Nex "covered wagon" then
               conduct experiments to discover how much force was needed
               to pull the wagons up the Rocky and Cascade Mountains.

Do you like math?  Check out:
Wagon Dimensions - This page explains how large or small the covered wagons
                 were.  Imagine spending three to six months on the trail 
                 traveling by wagon train.  How much space do you think you 
                 would need to start a brand new life?