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California Trail Teacher's Overview ABOUT THIS LESSON
The lesson introduces students to the National California Trail used for westward migration during the California Gold Rush in the mid-1800s.
The lesson covers units on western expansion, California Trail, geography and development, and U.S. history from 1849-1869.
United States History Curriculum
SS1A.2 .3, SS2A.7 SS2B.4, SS3D.2, SS3D.5
Historical Thinking Standard 1, 3, 4, and 5
- Students will learn about the California Trail and be able to recognize related vocabulary.
- Students will identify different travel routes to California.
- Students will decipher the dilemma infectious diseases created on the Trails.
- Students will recognize that medical treatment varied through time.
- Students will analyze the spread and treatment of Cholera on a wagon train.
- Students will understand that gold panning required skill.
- Students will develop problem solving skills.
The materials are available on line and may be printed for use.
Available through most libraries:
- The West Episode 3 by PBS
Introduce students to the California Trail through group discussion and activities.
Discover the impact of Cholera on a Wagon Train. Explore the spread of infectious disease and treatment in the nineteenth century.
Introduce the students to the art of panning for gold utilizing problem solving skills.
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