Oregon Trail Simulation
May 24, 2011
We end the year with a simulation game of the Oregon Trail. The kids dress in 19th-century style clothes and play pioneer games, cook Johnny cake, and sew period quilts as we make the journey on the Oregon Trail. The students work in groups of 4-6 with each person representing a wagon within the wagon train. They decide on supplies needed for the 2,000 mile trip. They are responsible for making trail decisions that may affect the entire train. There is journal writing and trail mishaps several times a day in which the team must work cooperatively in order to survive. The room is noisy and full of activity and a favorite for my fifth graders.