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Oregon Trail Simulation

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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.


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