Oregon Is Indian Country Traveling Trunk
Grades 4 and up
The Oregon Is Indian Country Traveling Trunk is a large, rolling suitcase filled with Native American-made examples of crafts; CDs, magazines, books, and DVDs about Native Americans; and activity and lesson ideas for teachers. The Trunk was created for the Oregon Is Indian Country exhibition. To view scheduled exhibition dates and areas, please visit http://www.ohs.org/exhibits/traveling-exhibits/oregon-is-indian-country.cfm.
Great Basin Native American Traveling Trunk
Grades 3 and 4
Explore and touch objects to learn about the history and culture of the Northern Paiute Indians in a hands-on, interactive way! The trunk provides background information on the landscape, history, and culture of the Northern Paiute tribes living in the Great Basin of Oregon. The Great Basin extends across the southeastern portion of the state. The Great Basin Native American Traveling Trunk includes topic-specific objects, photographs, and lesson plans.
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Geography in Oregon Traveling Trunk
Grades 3 and 4
Background information is included along with lesson plans, objects and maps all related to Oregon’s geography. This educational tool explores Oregon’s geographical regions, their characteristics and their resources.
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Oregon Trail Traveling Trunks - Two Trunks are now available for rental thanks to a generous grant from Fred Meyer Stores.
Grades 4 and 5
Examine replicas of Oregon Trail diaries and handle objects brought over on the Oregon Trail! The Oregon Trail Traveling Trunk describes life on the Oregon Trail and includes hands-on artifacts, primary source documents, and four related lesson plans that explore trail diaries, mapping the trail, and how landscape affects human migrations. A related CD offers students a virtual tour of the trail experience.
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Lewis and Clark Traveling Trunk
Grades 4, 5, and 8
Explore and touch replicated Expedition objects to learn about the purpose of the Lewis and Clark Expedition and the Corps of Discovery’s encounters with Native Americans. The trunk also includes an Expedition timeline, primary source documents, including excerpts from Lewis and Clark’s journals and letters, and two lesson plans on mapping and trade relations.
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Portland Traveling Trunk
Discover how Portland has changed and grown in the last one hundred years and how community participation builds a city! The Portland Traveling Trunk is organized around the following themes:
- Getting Around in Our Community—Bridges
- Keeping Our Community Safe—Firefighting
- Celebrating Our Community—The 1905 Lewis and Clark Exposition.
Through hands-on artifacts, lesson plans, and a related slide program, students see examples of the three types of moveable bridges in Portland, learn about the ways firefighting in Portland has changed with time, and learn just how big, and just how fun the 1905 Lewis and Clark Exposition was.
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Coastal Tribes Native American Traveling Trunk
Grades 3 and 4
Touch and study the rich collection of objects provided by members of the Coastal Tribes of Oregon. Besides over thirty objects, this trunk includes background information for teachers and students, a suggested list of additional resources, maps, and three lesson plans.
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Oregon Folklife Traveling Trunks
Learn about Oregon's diverse cultural landscape in 3 traveling trunks. Trunks includes self-contained instructional units focused on specific topics of traditional arts and cultures in Oregon. You can also contact the World Affairs Council for more multicultural resources. www.worldoregon.org
- Traditional Arts of the Oregon Country - This is an overview of traditional arts in Oregon, including the role of traditional arts in communities around the state and featuring interviews with six young people about the role of traditions in their lives. Traditional Arts of the Oregon Country Trunk Contents (PDF)
- Chinese Traditions of Oregon - This cultural exploration of one of Oregon's oldest immigrant communities looks at history, language, and geography as well as customs, beliefs, foods, healing, and artistic traditions. Chinese Traditions of Oregon Trunk Contents (PDF)