Freebie Friday Oct. 9, 2009 The Oregon Trail

October 9, 2009 at 8:15 am (Uncategorized)

Me standing in front of the Donner’s Pass Monument..  Imagine, the winter the Donner Party spent stranded on this site the snow was as tall as the stone portion of this monument!

Welcome to Freebie Friday’s!

Since my family lived on the West Coast for many year we have been able to visit many of the places along the Oregon Trail.  We have crossed over the Sierra Nevada Mountains (In a car of course!), visited Donner’s Pass, seen Patty Reed’s doll at Sutter’s Fort in Sacramento and visited the End of the Oregon Trail Interpretative Museum in Oregon.  We have even stood in a rut made by the thousands of wagon wheels that traveled the Oregon Trail!  Seeing so much of the Oregon Trail has made that period of history come alive to us!  However, if you don’t live near enough to experience The Oregon Trail for yourself there are abundant free resources online to bring the trail alive for your family! 

So load up your Conestoga wagon, pack your supplies and get ready for some great freebies to take your children on an adventure along the Oregon Trail.  All for free of course! offers a free Oregon Trail Unit Study.  This is a excellent overview and includes general resources, a reading list, lesson plans, web resources, cooking and arts and crafts.

Lapbook Lessons has a free Oregon Trail Lapbook.  While completing this lapbook your children will learn vocabulary, geography, Bible verses and handwriting.  They will also learn about animals, routes taken, children on the trail, trading for goods and much more!

Cooking on the Oregon Trail was a big part of daily life.  Find out what you might have been eating when your resources are "200 pounds of flour, 150 pounds of bacon; ten pounds of coffee; twenty pounds of sugar; and ten pounds of salt."  This website also includes information on what other items you would have packed in your wagon.  If anyone tried the Vinegar Lemonade please let me know how you liked it!

Patty Reed’s Doll was one of our favorite books we read when we did our Westward Expansion study.  You will find a free Teacher’s Guide to go along with the book Patty Reed’s Doll HERE.

The End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center is a wonderful place to wrap up your Oregon Trail Study!  Even if you can’t visit in person you can still benefit from the great free resources at their website! The Classroom Activities section of their website includes ideas for art, writing, math and hands of activities.  There is even a free downloadable Jeopardy Power Point game!

Want to see ruts left from all those wagon wheels? Click HERE.

For wagon loads of more Oregon Trail freebies check out the Pathfinders Website.  They offer online resources galore!

Last, but not least, I wanted to let you know that there are many online sites that offer a free the original version of the Oregon Trail computer game.  I am not going to link to one specific one since everyone’s computer needs are different.  But, if you are interested you can search for "free Oregon Trail online game" and find the one that is right for you.  My kids love this game!  You get to load up your wagon with all the supplies you need, find travel companions and then set out on the trail.  You will experience all kinds of joys and hardships along the way! 

I hope you have enjoyed this week’s journey on the Oregon Trail!

Happy Homeschooling,



1 Comment

  1. Cathy Santarsiero said,

    Loved your Little House study ideas this morning! Here's one more for you. I recently saw Little House On The Prairie The Musical. If you go to their website, and click 'learning center' at the bottom you can download an awesome free PDF study guide. Have a lovely weekend! Warmly, Cathy in NY ^..^

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