Read Kansas! Intermediate - I-7 Life on the Trails
This lesson designed for fourth grade focuses on life and hardships on both the Oregon-California and the Santa Fe Trails. Students will read two Read Kansas! cards that are reminiscences by trail travelers. Students will complete a vocabulary worksheet to help define new words used in the primary source documents. Students will use the Read Kansas! cards to complete a worksheet about the costs and benefits of traveling on the trails. This lesson is designed to take three class periods but can be adjusted to meet individual classroom needs.
To view a PDF of the front and back, click on the card
4th Grade Kansas History Standards:
- Benchmark 1, Indicator 6: The student describes life on the Santa Fe and Oregon-California Trails (e.g., interactions between different cultural groups, hardships such as lack of water, mountains and rivers to cross, weather, need for medical care, size of wagon).
4th Grade Economics Standards:
- Benchmark 5, Indicator 2: The student analyzes the costs to the benefits of making a choice.
4th Grade Reading Standards:
- Benchmark 3, Indicator 1: The student determines the meaning of words or phrases by using context clues (e.g., definitions, restatements, examples, descriptions) from sentences or paragraphs.
Kansas College and Career Ready Standards (Common Core ELA):
- RI 4.4: The student determines the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words or phrases in a text relevant to a grade 4 topic or subject area.