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This web site is brought to you by teachers Mike Trinklein and Steve Boettcher, creators of The Oregon Trail, the award-winning documentary film which aired nationally on PBS. During the three years we spent researching the film, we found lots of great material we thought would be great for teachers and home schoolers--so we built this this web site to make it all available. Enjoy the adventure! Copyright c. 2012 by Boettcher+Trinklein Inc.
"Remember the Alamo!," 1836 "At last they were all destroyed by grape, musket shot and the bayonet." A former Catholic mission is the site of a fight to the last man in the Texas War of Independence. Buffalo Hunt, 1846 In the days when the buffalo thronged the Plains. The Tragic Fate of the Donner Party, 1847 "Snowed hard until twelve o'clock last night; many uneasy for fear we shall all perish with hunger."
Personally, I don't care for it, but I've heard a lot of students talk about Discovery's television show Gold Rush Alaska . That gave me the idea for this list of lesson plans for teaching about the original gold rushes in North America. The National Parks Service offers fifteen lesson plans about the Klondike Gold Rush . The lessons are designed for use with students in grades two through eight. You can view the lessons online or download them as PDFs.