Experience Oregon Curriculum

Curriculum for the Oregon Historical Society’s (OHS) core Oregon history exhibition, Experience Oregon, aligns with state and national standards. All classes can use this curriculum, regardless of whether they physically visit the exhibit. OHS offers units for kindergarten and grades 1–2, 3–5, 6–8, and 9–12; each unit includes both pre- and post-visit lesson plans. Units for kindergarten and grades 1–2 offer lessons on recognizing and creating inclusive neighborhoods and communities. Units for grades 3–5 offer lessons on Oregon Tribes, and units for middle school and high school focus on inclusive and exclusive events and laws in Oregon history.

Curriculum for all grades makes clear the relevant Oregon Social Sciences Standards and enduring understandings. Lesson plans include overviews, essential questions, vocabulary, materials needed, step-by-step instructions, assessments, and possible extensions. The curriculum links to resources throughout, and provides in-classroom materials in editable formats for ease of use.

This curriculum was created by Sarah Anderson and David Martinez in consultation with OHS staff and advisory board.

Kindergarten – My Oregon Experience: How Photos and Artifacts Tell Us About the Past

In this curriculum, children receive an introduction to historical artifacts and primary documents by examining and evaluating photographs and objects from the Oregon Historical Society collections. The unit culminates with the creation of a classroom museum, a “Museum of Us,” where students have the opportunity to share their own personal artifacts.

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Grades 1–2 – My Oregon Experience: Becoming Historians

In this curriculum, students explore the meaning of community and the ways that people in Oregon have helped their communities. As a culminating activity, students will learn more about the people in their school community and the roles they play to make the school successful.

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Grades 3–5 – Experience Oregon: From Creation to Present (Oregon Indians)

This curriculum uses geography to look at Oregon history specifically through the lens of Native people. This unit assumes that educators are already covering the fur trade, the Corps of Discovery, and the Oregon Trail in their classroom curriculum. All of the pre-visit lessons in this unit focus on Oregon culture and history since time immemorial. The post-visit lessons bring the learning through the past 200 years...

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Grades 6–8 — My Oregon Experience: Race and Our State

In this curriculum, students will analyze the lasting legacy of Oregon legislation in relation to its current racial diversity.

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Grades 9–12 — Experience Oregon: How Can I Be an Active Oregon Citizen?

In this curriculum, students will learn about the rights and responsibilities of U.S. citizens, as well as the steps they can take to actively participate in civic life.

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