The 9th book in our series is here, and to accompany it, we’ve created a free Oregon Trail homeschool study guide to use with all ages! Freighters and Pilgrims: Two Stories of Western Immigration is two books in one, telling the true stories of traveling west in 1865.
I create my guides for the way I homeschool: large family-group style, with all of my kids learning together as much as possible. With a book like this, I read the story aloud to all ages. We will follow the rabbit trails together. Younger kids may do less, while older kids will certainly do more.
Each chapter will look a bit different throughout the guide, depending on the topics. Since this is a historical narrative, I follow the flow of the timeline.
Homeschooling allows for so much flexibility in ages and grade levels, and I want you to have that flexibility with this guide! So it’s up to you to choose which activities to use in your home.
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How to use this free Oregon Trail homeschool study guide
Every study guide I create for Knowledge Keepers books is a little different, but they each contain geography, some copywork, research prompts, notebooking pages, and vocabulary.
Freighters and Pilgrims and the accompanying guide may be used as a stand-alone study, or alongside your favorite homeschool history curriculum.
Copywork: Print or cursive copywork is suitable for all ages, from beginning readers to high school students. I have inserted various quotes from Freighters and Pilgrims for copy work use. Feel free to adjust the length of the assignment to fit the needs of your own children. One sentence is perfect for younger students, while paragraphs are wonderful for high schoolers.
Map Activities: Wherever possible, geography activities are included. Seeing historic places on a map is so important, and is a natural way to learn geography. These are great for most ages, from elementary through high school. If your students are well-versed in world geography, you can certainly skip these.
BONUS LINKS: There are lots of fun added resources on the internet, so I’ve created a special page for you to access them all in one place on my website. Just go to KnowledgeKeepersBoostore.com/BonusLinks and click on the Freighters and Pilgrims book. The links are divided by chapter, along with more reading recommendations.
For Freighters and Pilgrims, there are several lins to free Oregon Trail downloads, such as worksheets, lapbooks, and other fun helps!
Download your free study guide here.
Every Knowledge Keepers Study Guide includes a Bonus Links page right here on our website. These are links to other great resources online, like unit studies, printables, videos, and field trips!
If you prefer, you may order a printed copy of the guide for $3 + shipping at this link.
Oregon Trail Computer Game T-Shirt
If you grew up playing the old computer game, you need this shirt! Designed by Nicki Truesdell for Knowledge Keepers, it features the classic green pixel design you remember. Order here!