Oregon | Unit 7: Oregon’s Natural Resources and Economy

Oregon | Unit 7: Oregon’s Natural Resources and Economy


In this unit, students will examine Oregon’s natural resources and their significance to the state.

  • Oregon | Activity 7.1: Oregon’s Natural Resources

    Students watch a video about Oregon’s rich natural resources. They learn about how the state’s key industries changed over time, and then create posters advertising one of these resources.

    Grades: 3-5, 13+
  • Oregon | Activity 7.2: Oregon or Bust

    Students examine a photo of a car with “Oregon or Bust” written on it, and learn about the economic climate at the time of the Great Depression. They then complete a cause and effect diagram to show what motivated workers to migrate West during the Great Depression.

    Grades: 3-5, 13+
  • Oregon | Activity 7.3: Timber Industry

    Students examine photos of Oregon’s trees and logging operations. They learn there are positive things about the timber industry, as well as negative effects of harvesting timber. Students then make a pros and cons list of the timber industry.

    Grades: 3-5, 13+
  • Oregon | Activity 7.4: Restoring Rivers

    Students watch a video about restoring the habitat for salmon spawning. They learn there are good things about building dams on waterways, but that there are also negative effects. Students then create a list of reasons river restoration is beneficial.

    Grades: 3-5, 13+
  • Oregon | Activity 7.5: Salmon and Dams

    Students watch a video on the effects of dams on salmon and the measures being taken to remedy the situation. They learn the extreme measures needed to continue using the dam and provide access to the rivers for the salmon. Students create a table showing how humans have both harmed and helped salmon in the Pacific Northwest.

    Grades: 3-5, 13+
  • Oregon | Activity 7.6: Critter Crime Fighters

    Students watch a video about Critter Crime Fighters. They learn the lab and investigatory tasks of these crime fighters, and create a resume showing the crime fighter skills necessary to work as a Critter Crime Fighter.

    Grades: 3-5, 13+

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