We started this week by gathering with our Westward Expansion Families. Each student was placed in a group and were given a family name: Johnson Family, Jackson Family, Jones Family, Weaver Family, Smith Family!
Together they created roles for each student. Some were brothers and sisters, we had uncles and aunts, and mom and dads. After they were finished, they found a reason for traveling West and researched the trails. Each family decided on a trail they would take. They also made a list of what they were going to pack. The best way to do this was to sit around a fire (they all made pretend campfires) and have family discussions.
By the end of the week they had a design of their covered wagon and began to create a small model of their Prairie Schooner! Next week they will finish their wagons and begin their journey!
Did you know?
“In 1840s the Oregon Territory was made up of the land that is now the states of Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and parts of Montana and Wyoming.
Back then nobody knew if the Oregon Territory was going to be part of America or if it was going to be part of England. Both countries had built forts in the territory. At the forts, trappers and Native Americans sold animal furs and skins, such as beaver, marten, and muskrat, and bought tools and supplies.
America and England agreed that Oregon would belong to the country that could get more of its people living on the new land. So to make Oregon part of America, many Americans had to go there to live. Oregon finally became a state in 1859.”
If You Traveled West in a Covered Wagon written by Ellen Levine