Background For Teachers:
Intended Learning Outcomes:
Video: 'Children of the Wagon Train', Heritage Gateway project link to Various Pioneer Hardships information, or any other source of information that would give students a real look about what kind of hardships the pioneers would have encountered while traveling the Mormon trail.
Show the students the large copy of the map of the Mormon Trail. Ask the students to predict what kind of hardships could have occured to the pioneers while traveling the trail.
Have the students write down their predictions.
Watch the video or read through the Pioneer Hardships information link and have students keep track of the hardships that they predicted would happen along the trail.
After viewing the video or exploring the internet link shown below, discuss what the students saw or read and which hardships they were able to predict.
Narrow the hardships down to hardships that were caused by land features.
Show the map and discuss the location of land features.
Teach the students how the make a legend by using land features as symbols. Have an open discussion about what kind of symbols could represent water, mountains, desert, etc.
Teach them how to organize the map and the legend on the same paper. Use the paper sacks from a grocery store to draw the maps on. After they are finished with their maps, they could crinkle up the sack and press it down again to look like leather.
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