Transportation on the Trail

Comparing and contrasting travel by wagon with travel by bike is a great way to introduce the Pedaling Pioneer to your class!  In this lesson, students will analyze the similarities and differences between these two modes of transportation.  Then, they’ll read about windwagons – a unique and little-known invention of the Oregon Trail – and show what they’ve learned by writing a constructed response.

Click on the files below the lesson plan to download or print a copy of everything you will need.

Trans Lesson Image

Lesson Plan – Transportation (Wagon vs. Bike)               Windwagons Excerpt

Wagon vs. Bike Photo Slideshow                                           Windwagons Constructed Response Handout

Venn Diagram                                                                               Venn Diagram-answer key

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