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The True Story of Sacajawea
The story of Sacajawea's incredible role as the guide in the Lewis and Clark expedition across America is captured in this engaging, animated video. Learn about the efforts she took to support the explorers, including translating, foraging for food, and even salvaging important documents chronicling the historic expedition.
4 mins 8th - 12th Social Studies & History 8 Views 10 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Preparing for the Lewis and Clark Expedition
Here's a worksheet to help your class envision the Lewis and Clark expedition. Your young historians read a one-page article on the expedition, use context clues and a dictionary to define eight terms from the article and write a subtitle for each of the five paragraphs in the article.
5th - 6th Social Studies & History 54 Views 250 Downloads
The Intrusion of Strangers
How did Native Americans react to the arrival of the Lewis and Clark expedition? Here, learners review excerpts of journal entries that chronicle the arrival of the Corps of Discovery to the Shoshone and Blackfeet tribes. Your young writers will then construct a journal entry from the point of view of a tribal member, and share and discuss their writing with the class.
6th - 12th Social Studies & History 6 Views 6 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
On This Day With Lewis and Clark
Students research the exploration journeys of Lewis and Clark. They read excerpts from the Lewis and Clark journals to trace the route the explorer's followed and then identify some of dangers they faced and discoveries they made.
3rd - 5th Social Studies & History 30 Views 101 Downloads
Discovering New Resources
What is a natural resource, and what resources did the Lewis and Clark expedition seek? After reading an article on the mapping of the west, learners get into small groups to discuss the important natural resources of the period. They conclude by taking on the perspective of Meriwether Lewis and writing a business letter to President Jefferson presenting the findings of the expedition.
6th - 12th Science 11 Views 6 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Read All About It!
Follow along with Lewis and Clark on their grand expedition using The Journal of Augustus Pelletier: The Lewis and Clark Expedition. Perfect for a combined language arts and social studies lesson, young explorers keep their own journal as they read, writing daily entries, marking important places and events, and even sketching plants and animals they encounter.
4th - 6th Language Arts 17 Views 317 Downloads
New Review Manifest Destiny and the Lewis and Clark Expedition
Beginning with a thorough presentation on the concept of Manifest Destiny and background information on the Louisiana Purchase, your young historians will then consider the demands of the Lewis and Clark expedition and compose journal entries from their perspectives.
5th - 8th Social Studies & History 13 Views 9 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Lewis and Clark
Students investigate Lewis and Clark. In this Lewis and Clark lesson, students search the Internet for information about Lewis and Clark and the Corps of Discovery. Students use maps to understand the explorations and decide which supplies would be needed to survive the journey.
3rd - 5th Social Studies & History 8 Views 130 Downloads
Native American Indian Tribes Encountered by the Corps of Discovery
Upper elementary learners research the various Native American nations encountered during the Lewis and Clark Expedition. They work in groups researching Native American communities, prepare a slide show demonstrating various aspects of their lives, and give an oral presentation to share what they discovered.
3rd - 6th Social Studies & History 12 Views 235 Downloads
Analyzing Montana Indians' Points of Historic Significance
Students gain an understanding of Indian views of the Lewis and Clark expeditions. In this Montana Indians lesson, students discover how the Indians felt about the situation between Lewis and Clark and Blackfeet Indians. Students watch a video about this and write a one page reflection paper about what they learned.
9th - 11th Social Studies & History 3 Views 1 Download
Lewis and Clark: Lesson 1
Students research the expedition of Lewis and Clark. In this Lewis and Clark expedition lesson, students become familiar with the resources that Lewis and Clark found along their journey Students view mental maps created at the time for what they can learn about the terrain of the Lewis and Clark journey.
4th - 7th Social Studies & History 95 Views 191 Downloads
Be Specific, Go West To The Pacific
Fifth and sixth graders follow Lewis and Clark from St. Louis to the Pacific and back again. They read online journal entries made by Lewis and Clark to gather information. The official Lewis and Clark website is used by learners to answer questions, engage in activities, and to create their own journals.
5th - 6th Social Studies & History 9 Views 22 Downloads
Analyzing Point of View- Chief Rosebud Remembers Lewis and Clark
Students analyze point of view. In this Chief Rosebud remembers lesson plan, students view a film and write a response. Students discuss the discovery of Lewis and Clark and how it impacted American Indians. Students discuss the importance of researching a variety of historical perspectives.
7th - 8th Social Studies & History 4 Views 22 Downloads
On the Trail with Lewis and Clark: Native Experiences in the Pacific Northwest
Young scholars explore the importance of Lewis & Clark's Expedition. In this history lesson, students analyze and discuss information about the expansion of the West, then complete multiple activities that focus on this topic.
7th - 8th Social Studies & History 34 Views 138 Downloads
For any teacher of American History, The Lewis and Clark Expedition is a watershed event that should be shared with your students. This is a very good lesson on the Expedition, and the events that led up to it; including The Lousisiana Purchase.
5th - 9th Social Studies & History 40 Views 96 Downloads
New Review A President's Vision: Thomas Jefferson
Here you'll find a fantastic resource for analyzing several primary sources regarding Thomas Jefferson's presidency, from his election and home in Monticello to the Lewis and Clark expedition and the Louisiana Purchase.
5th - 11th Social Studies & History 16 Views 11 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Lewis and Clark Come Alive
Learners research and create a "living museum" about Lewis and Clark. For this Lewis and Clark lesson, students create maps and artifacts that would be in a museum on the expeditions of Lewis and Clark. Learners write about the artifacts in the museum.
4th - 5th Social Studies & History 5 Views 54 Downloads
Where is the Trail? The Journey of Lewis and Clark
Students explore the trail followed by Lewis and Clark on their journey across the United States. For this United States History lesson, students complete several activities to establish the Lewis and Clark Expedition, including a class discussion, creating a timeline, completing a Venn Diagram and writing an essay.
6th - 8th Social Studies & History 20 Views 110 Downloads