Multcolib Homework Center Picks: Oregon Trail
Annotation:By imagining theyhave been cast in a play about a family traveling the Oregon trail, readers learn about the daily routines and challenges emigrants faced on the trail.
Annotation:From dehydration, to scurvy, a lack of food, and no privacy when using to bathroom, this book focuses on the challenges emigrants faced on their travels west.
Annotation:After Jedediah's family dies crossing a river along the Oregon trail, he takes over the diary his mother began to record his challenging journey.
Annotation:Take a break from your research for some hands-on pioneer fun. Make your own mini covered wagon and cross-stitch sampler. Start a root vegetable garden in pots!
Annotation:Ten year old Rachel and her family travel the Oregon Trail from Illinois to California, and Rachel chronicles the seven month trip in her journal. This fictional journal is "handwritten" and contains drawings as well.
Annotation:Thirteen year old Hattie Campbell is given a diary for her birthday, just in time to record her experiences traveling the Oregon Trail in 1847.
Annotation:The editors of this book suggest reading it with "an attitude of skeptical inquiry"; this "journal" contains historically accurate information and terrific graphics written by a fictional emigrant.
Annotation:Cook like a pioneer! Covered wagons carried supplies like cornmeal, bacon, and rice a beans. Learn how to make dinners like venison stew, boiled potatoes with peas, and salt-rising bread.
Annotation:Provides a complete history of the Oregon Trail, from Lewis and Clark's exploration, to the first pioneers who crossed the trail, hardships faced on the trail, to what remains of the Oregon Trail today.
Annotation:An estimated 500,000 people traveled the Oregon Trail. About 40,000 of them were children. Read quotes from their letters and journals to learn about their experiences.
Annotation:The Larkin family featured in this book is fictional, but the details about day to to day life on the trail are accurate. Learn how emigrants hitched their wagons, Native American tribes they encountered along the trail and what supplies were needed along the Oregon trail.