Oregon | Unit 8: Modern Oregon & State Symbols

Oregon | Unit 8: Modern Oregon & State Symbols


In this unit, students will consider Oregon’s natural and cultural heritage, as well as the state’s current day strengths and challenges. Students also learn about the state’s symbols and their meanings.

  • Oregon | Activity 8.1: Oregonian Hall of Fame

    Students watch a short video about the culture of Oregon. They then research one of several famous Oregonians whom they will nominate to their classroom’s own “Oregonian Hall of Fame.”

    Grades: 3-5, 13+
  • Oregon | Activity 8.2: Oregon State Symbols

    Students will learn about several Oregon State symbols and that many are related to the economy of Oregon. They then create a new state flag using state symbols.

    Grades: 3-5, 13+
  • Oregon | Activity 8.3: State Seal and Personal Seals

    Students examine the symbols, words, and images on the Oregon state seal. They then create personal seals to share with the class.

    Grades: 3-5, 13+
  • Oregon | Activity 8.4: Chinook Salmon - the Oregon State Fish

    Students watch a video about the salmon run in Oregon. They learn about research being done to help the Chinook salmon, and answer questions about the video.

    Grades: 3-5, 13+
  • Oregon | Activity 8.5: Salmon through the Years

    Students look at an EPA graph and photos of salmon at different time periods in history. They discuss the causes of the decreased size and population of salmon in Oregon, and make outlines of the size of the fish to note the significant difference.

    Grades: 3-5, 13+
  • Oregon | Activity 8.6: Portland City Planning

    Students watch a video that describes city planning in Portland. They learn definitions of new words, including “urban,” “suburban,” and “rural.” Students then define these new vocabulary words on a worksheet and discuss them as a class.

    Grades: 3-5, 13+
  • Oregon | Activity 8.7: Technology in Portland

    Students watch a video about the technology being used in Portland to solve city concerns. They learn that Portland is using technologies such as GPS and GIS to alert the government of problems, to analyze infrastructure, and to communicate with citizens about real-time events. Students then list city government concerns that are being addressed by GPS and GIS technology.

    Grades: 3-5, 13+
  • Oregon | Activity 8.8: Oregon Infrastructure

    Students watch a video about the problems with dangerous roads and bridges in Oregon, and learn about the difficulties in repairing the infrastructure. They then write a letter to a state or national representative explaining why infrastructure spending is needed in Oregon.

    Grades: 3-5, 13+
  • Oregon | Activity 8.9: Oregon Demographics

    Students review terminology related to citizenship, and watch a video about an undocumented immigrant who wants citizenship. They learn about the changing demographics and immigration issues in Oregon, and then answer questions related to demographic data.

    Grades: 3-5, 13+
  • Oregon | Activity 8.10: Land Competition

    Students watch a video about the conflict in the Oregon Wildlife Refuge, and learn how the federal government and the ranchers involved in the conflict view the issue of land ownership. They then write a letter to the editor about a public land space they enjoy.

    Grades: 3-5, 13+

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