Project Description

Our class has been studying Westward Expansion. We have examined in detail the four major trails traveled by the settlers: the Santa Fe Trail, the Mormon Trail, the California Trail, and the Oregon Trail. At the beginning of the year we mailed out four stuffed animal bears. Each bear was sent to different schools as they made their way across the country. Our class received information from different schools bordering the four trails that describe what each bear has seen and experienced through its journey. Click on one of the trail buttons below to read about our bears' adventures.


Oregon Trail Bear

California Trail Bear

Mormon Trail Bear

Santa Fe Bear

Links to other informational sites.

Westward Expansion Oregon Trail California Trail Mormon Trail Santa Fe Trail
History of the West End of the Trail Library California trail Info The Mormon Pioneer Story  
  Trail Info   The Mormon Trail - Trail of Hope  
  Trail Facts and Stories   The Donner Party  
  In Search of the Oregon Trail   more on The Donner Party  

See New York State Social Studies Standards for more information.