Mountains, Sinks and Deserts: The Physical Geography of the California Trail

GeoHistory
GeoLiteracy
GeoSTEM
Lesson Plan Content
Description: 
<p>In this lesson, students will practice map skills while learning about the physical geography of the California Trail and how it impacted travelers.</p>
Author: 
Carol Carney Warren
Grade Range: 
5
Duration: 
2 class periods
Lesson Materials
Teacher Instructions: 
Standards
Arizona Geography Concepts: 
1: The World in Spatial Terms
6: Geographic Applications
National Geography Standards: 
1: How to use maps and other geographic representations, tools, and technologies to acquire, process, and report information
7: The physical processes that shape the patterns of Earth's surface
17: How to apply geography to interpret the past