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Oregon Trail - If You Traveled West in a Covered Wagon

This flashcard set is for a 5th grade unit on the Oregon Trail. These terms are from the book If You Traveled West in a Covered Wagon by Ellen Levine.
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buffalo
a type of cattle with shaggy hair and up-ward curving horns
diary
a daily record; a journal
chores
daily tasks, like feeding livestock, making your bed, or doing dishes
Indians
a race of people native to America
Manifest Destiny
a belief that the United States had a right to all of the land between the east and west coasts
overlander
someone who travels over land to reach their destination.
Oregon Trail
a historical route to the western United States extending from various cities on the Missouri River to Oregon and the West coast.
pioneer
someone who explores or goes to live in a place previously unexplored or uninhabited.
scarce
not much at all or just a small amount available
tipi
an Indian tent
ransom
money paid for the return of something or someone
oxen
a bull that was used to pull wagons and farm machinery.
landmark
a distinctive stone or tree - Chimney Rock, for example - used to help pioneers find their way along the Oregon Trail
wagon train
a group of covered wagons that went together on the long trip west.
buffalo chips
dried buffalo droppings that pioneers burned for their campfires
moccasins
soft but strong shoes made of deer or buffalo skin
Prairie Schooner
another word for the covered wagons the settlers used to travel west in.
jerking
a way to dry the buffalo meat so it would last longer.
Cholera
a disease that settlers would get from unclean drinking water or eating food that was not fully cooked.
scow
large flat boats that took wagons across some of the rivers.
fort
buildings where settlers could stop to buy/trade supplies for their journey
Dr Marcus Whitman
a famous guide who led the first big wagon train to Oregon
doorways
prairie dog homes in mounds in the ground
gingham
soft, brightly colored cotton used for women's skirts or dresses
fried bread
this was done to the dough instead of baking it
Blackfoot
one of the tribes of Indians that settlers met on the Oregon Trail
trade
when you give one thing for another
family
a group of people, usually related, that live together
campfire
an outdoor fire used for cooking or warmth
Chimney Rock
a famous landmark; a column of rock that was about 500' tall