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        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.

        Lesson Summary

        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.

        This lesson is part of "Great States: 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.

        Time Allotment

        30 minutes

        Learning Objectives

        Standards: 

        4.12: Explain how people in Oregon have modified their environment and how the environment has influenced people’s lives.

        Supplemental Standards

        SS.05.CG.02.01: Understand the responsibilities individuals have to participate in their state.

        Supplies

        Directions

        1. Tell students that they will be watching a video, which will talk about infrastructure issues in Oregon. First, explain that “infrastructure” includes the streets, bridges, and electricity—everything that supports the structure of the area.

        1. Distribute the  Oregon Infrastructure handout to students.

        1. Either give students a minute to read through the vocabulary on the worksheet, or run through them together as a class. Ask if they have any questions, but encourage them that the video will help them make sense of the terms together.

        1. Play the video, States Scramble to Fix Dangerous Roads and Bridges. [6:30]

        1. Clarify any questions students had about the video or the vocabulary. Explain to students that elected officials in government are voted in to represent their communities’ concerns. So, when there is something that students see needs attention in society—such as money needed to fix the bridges and roads—as concerned citizens, they can participate and have their voices heard by reaching out to their representatives.

        1. Instruct students to write a letter to a state or national representative explaining their opinions on whether or not infrastructure spending should be supported in Oregon.

        Extend the lesson (10 minutes):

        Materials Needed:

        • Envelopes

        • Stamps

        • Addresses of state or national representatives

        • A “mailbox” – a box or collection bin for students to drop their letters into

        Directions:

        1. Have students put their letter into an envelope, address the envelope, and stamp it.

        1. Either collect the letters to mail them, have the students drop their letters in a makeshift mailbox, or take them to drop in an actual US Postal Service (USPS) mailbox.

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