Oregon Trail Scavenger Hunt
Instructions: The following questions will help you learn more about the Oregon Trail. To complete this scavenger hunt, first print out this page. Look at the questions and just click on the links to go directly to the websites that will help you answer the questions. Write your answers in the spaces provided. Complete all the questions and make it to the end of the trail!
1. Oregon City
Click: Trail Info
In miles, about how long was the Oregon Trail?
Determine what animals were needed to pull the prairie wagon.
3. Provisions for the Trail
URL: Site 1
What did they pack for food? List all mentioned:
Explain 2 of the tools that they packed, and what purpose each tool served:
4. If You Traveled West in a Covered Wagon
URL: http://www.imahero.com/readingprogram/coveredwagon.html (see just above question 3)
How many months did it take the settlers to complete the Oregon Trail journey in the 1840′s? Why did it take this long?
5. Prairie Schooners
Describe the method of travel used by the settlers on their journey along the Oregon Trail.
6. Historical Sites
The site below has many things that you will see along the trail. Click on at least 3 sites.
Write the name of the sites and give a description of each for what you see in your own words.
7. Historical Facts of the Oregon Trail and America’s Manifest Destiny
URL: http://www.thefurtrapper.com/oregon_trail.htm (see map)
Assess the major differences and similarities between the Oregon Trail and the Mormon Trail.
Conclude what some of the main causes of death were on the journey west along the Oregon Trail.