Life on the Oregon Trail: A Pioneer Woman's Story

Rebecca Dempsey [ view artist bio ]

Life on the Oregon Trail: A Pioneer Woman's Story


Professional actress Rebecca Dempsey brings a trunk of artifacts to describe pioneer life on the OregonTrail.  Students participate in the experience, and her dynamic delivery keeps them actively engaged. Students perform charades, play games, examine artifacts, do creative thinking in small groups, listen for clues, and participate in a story. 


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Grade Levels: 4,5

Fees: $110 for 1 workshop; $95 each, for 2 or more workshops on the same day / The break between workshops must not exceed 90 minutes to receive the reduced rate.

Maximum Audience Size: 30

Availability: Please inquire

Program Length: 45 minutes

Location: At Your School

Teachers' Guide: Life on the Oregon Trail_TPG

Requirements: Enclosed classroom or multi-purpose space; open space large enough for children to sit in a circle on the floor; long space across the front of the room for display materials; desk or table for display materials; one chair; all workshops in same room

Standards: 1.1 1.1 Knows how a culture's art works and artifacts reflect its values and beliefs.1.6 1.6 Understands that group and cultural influences contribute to human development, identity, and behavior.1.7 1.7 Knows how a culture's rules reflect its values and beliefs.5.3 5.3 Understands patterns of immigrant life after 1870 (e.g., where people came from and where they settled; how immigrants formed a new American culture; the challenges, opportunities, and contributions of different immigrant groups).5.6 5.6 Knows the ways that families long ago expressed and transmitted their beliefs and values through oral tradition, literature, songs, art, religion, community celebrations, mementos, food, and language.5.7 5.7 Understands daily life of a farm family from long ago (e.g., work, clothing, tools, food and food production in the early 1800's).14.1 & 14.3

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