All Aboard! The Orphan Trains

GeoHistory
GeoLiteracy
Lesson Plan Content
Description: 
In this lesson, students will understand the role orphan children played in the settlement of the West by exploring personal stories and their railroad routes across the United States to start a new life with a new family.
Author: 
Jessica Medlin
Grade Range: 
5
Duration: 
2 class periods
Lesson Materials
Teacher Instructions: 
Standards
Arizona Geography Concepts: 
1: The World in Spatial Terms
National Geography Standards: 
1: How to use maps and other geographic representations, tools, and technologies to acquire, process, and report information
9: The characteristics, distribution and migration of human populations
17: How to apply geography to interpret the past