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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.


CURRICULUM

The lesson covers units on western expansion, California Trail, geography and development, and U.S. history from 1849-1869.

United States History Curriculum

K-4 Grades:

SS1A.2 .3, SS2A.7 SS2B.4, SS3D.2, SS3D.5

Grades 5-12:

Historical Thinking Standard 1, 3, 4, and 5


OBJECTIVES

  • 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.


STUDENT MATERIALS

The materials are available on line and may be printed for use.

Available through most libraries:

  • The West Episode 3 by PBS


TEACHER DIRECTIONS

Day One: 
Introduce students to the California Trail through group discussion and activities.

Day Two: 
Discover the impact of Cholera on a Wagon Train. Explore the spread of infectious disease and treatment in the nineteenth century.

Day Three: 
Introduce the students to the art of panning for gold utilizing problem solving skills.

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Last updated: 09-17-2013