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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.
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. They imagine they are members of the Corps of Discovery and write a letter to a family member on their trip through the west.
Fourth graders research Lewis and Clark's expedition. In this United States history lesson, 4th graders watch a video about the expedition and write a research paper using the information gathered. Students take on the role of a member of the expedition and create a journal about their experience.
Students act as archaeologists. In this Lewis and Clark expedition instructional activity, students develop a list of questions that archaeologists might use to find the physical remains of the expedition and then use print and Internet sources to research the answers to their questions.
Ninth graders examine the goals of the Lewis and Clark Expedition and identify the present day cities, towns, rivers, and regions that are on the route of the expedition. They complete an online WebQuest, recreating the route of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, identify significant people, events, and places on the route, and create a map.
Students explore with Lewis and Clark. In this research skills lesson, students analyze primary and secondary source links to study the accomplishments of the Lewis and Clark expedition. Students use their findings to create informative brochures.
Students use NebraskAcess to access information from Wilson Biographies to complete a fact book about Meriwether Lewis, William Clark, Sacagawea, and Thomas Jefferson. They use NebraskAccess to find books on WorldCat about the Lewis and Clark Expedition.
Students 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.
Sixth graders, in groups, produce a Special Edition Newspaper highlighting the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Paper must be historically accurate newspaper from the point of view of different roles.
Students study the Native American tribes impacted during the Lewis and Clark expedition. In this US history lesson plan, students complete a chart of guide questions about 11 Native American tribal groups by working in groups to research one tribe each. Students define the impacts on the tribe and their social structures. Students describe the tribe they would have wanted to live with.
Students view video clips of various aspects of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. They "explore" the schoolyard and record observations, as mapmakers and notetakers, just like Lewis and Clark did on their journey.
Fifth graders, in groups, produce a historically accurate Special Edition Newspaper, including articles, editorials, and pictures, highlighting the Lewis and Clark Expedition.
Students participate in a simulation of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. In this hands-on American history lesson, students become characters from the early 1800's and make the journey west. They write journal entries, make decisions, and participate in projects during the 4 weeks needed for this lesson.
Students travel with the Corps of Discovery. In this Lewis and Clark Expedition lesson, students watch the PBS video about the expedition and then research the details of the expedition and review the expedition routes.
Fifth graders travel with the Corps of Discovery. In this ancient civilizations lesson, 5th graders research print and Internet sources about the Lewis and Clark expedition. Students prepare PowerPoint presentations to share their findings with their classmates.
Eighth graders experience the Lewis and Clark expedition. In this Corps of Discovery lesson, 8th graders research details regarding the expedition in order to complete a classroom project that requires them to create journals that might have been kept as part of the expedition. Students also design PowerPoint presentations that feature their findings.
Young scholars discover the impact Lewis and Clark had on the United States. In this American history lesson, students work in pairs to research the events of Lewis and Clark's expedition and create a pamphlet illustrating the journey.
Eighth graders research biographies of people who participated in the Lewis and Clark expedition using Internet resources. They role play characters while acting out a campfire scene from the expedition.
Students explore the challenges of the Lewis and Clark Expedition through a physical education simulation. In this cross-curriculum physical education lesson, students work in groups of three to log 8000 steps, stopping to participate in physical activities similar to the challenges Lewis and Clark may have faced.
Students research the people that Lewis and Clark encountered on their expedition. In small groups, they conduct research on a group of Native Americans, answer research questions, and contribute information to a class chart comparing and contrasting the various American Indian Nations.