"The Crossing America series was created to highlight some of the more important pathways in the United States and to show their impact on the real story of America as we know it today. The Oregon trail describes on of the magor passageways accross the united States. Students follow in the footsteps of the explorers, trappers, and pioneers who made the six month 2000 mile journey into the fertile farmlands of the Willamette Valley. Exploration, settlement, and continued development are the topics of focus. Students read original resource information, then answer comprhension questions and complete activities and projects that will help them to better understand and apprecate the importance of this famous trail in the settlement of the western united States. Reproducible. Grades 5-8"