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    Oregon Trail Ideas
    By Donna Grossarth

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    I have taken the Interact of Hacker Trail and altered the locations to fit with the Oregon Trail. It is a wonderful simulation although mathematically challenging for some students. I have worked out my own methods of "score keeping" for miles on the trail. I am currently writing my own Oregon Trail classroom simulation and plan to use it next spring. I will be writing it as we "hit the trail" this spring. There are lots of sites if you do a search. They're hit and miss depending on the type of information you're looking for. As a culmination activity, my class builds covered wagons out of red wagons (I've had PVC pipe frames made for our covers). We dress up in period costumes and walk a couple of miles through a local park where we stop for lunch and "campfire activities" that the children have researched and share with the rest of the group.
    Good luck!
    Donna


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