In the fourth grade curriculum at our kids' school, the Oregon Trail is a very big deal. The whole second half of the year is dedicated towards activities including a ho-down, simulations, reports, and creating miniature "wagons" with all the supplies needed.
To kick off the curriculum, a field trip is planned to the Lane County Historical Museum. It's just across town from the school, and for the short hour and a half we were there, I feel like they did an excellent job giving the kids a real taste of what the journey along the Oregon Trail was like and what the day of a pioneer would include. I had gone when Brayden was in fourth grade - his experience was a little longer and more tedious, so today was a pleasant surprise.
Also, Mikayla was asked to be one of ten "actors" to be part of the enactments of what a day would look like. It gave me plenty of photo ops.