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ERIC Number: ED472010
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Pages: 10
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Trailblazers--Now and Then. Fifth Grade Activity. Revised. Schools of California Online Resources for Education (SCORE): Connecting California's Classrooms to the World.
Kline, Ralph
In this activity students (in pairs) become explorers and map readers tracing the best land routes to travel between select U.S. cities. They learn who were the first known explorers who broke the trails and who were the first groups of people to follow the trails. The activity tasks each pair of students with instructions to determine the possible routes and the best routes between two cities (assigned by the teacher), to highlight the agreed-upon routes on the maps provided, and then, using topographical maps, determine the route used by the early trailblazers, the mountain men and the pioneers. The activity asks students to compare and contrast the highlighted route and the trailblazer's route, take on the role of the trailblazer or pathfinder, and give a first-person presentation to the class. The unit provides a four step process, listing accompanying resources; offers learning advice; discusses evaluation; and addresses reflection and conclusion. The teacher notes section of the activity identifies grade level/unit; addresses California state standards; outlines the lesson's purpose; suggests length of lesson; notes resource materials needed; and offers background information. (BT)
Schools of California Online Resources for Education, San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools, 601 North East Street, San Bernardino, CA 92410-3093. E-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools, CA.
Identifiers - Location: California