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Here's a instructional activity 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.
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 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.
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 explain the challenge to find and cook during the Lewis and Clark Expedition. They practice frying techniques. They recognize the appearance and consistency of cooked fish.
Students act as archaeologists. For this Lewis and Clark expedition lesson, 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.
Young scholars 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. Young scholars use their findings to create informative brochures.
Middle schoolers dentify the period of the Lewis and Clark Expedition and the life of Sacagawea on a timeline that demonstrates the chronology of important events in American History.
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 examine the Lewis and Clark expedition. They develop skills for historical analysis. They locate a variety of geographic features encountered by the expedition, and create a timeline that documents Lewis and Clark on their journey.
Young scholars examine the Lewis and Clark expedition for examples of scarcity. They define new vocabulary and analyze the choices that were made and reference them to present and future consequences. Using the internet, they view a simulation of the journey and write a paragraph about their choices at the end of the lesson.
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.
Learners 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.
Middle schoolers discover specific instances in which Native Americans helped the Lewis and Clark expedition overcome obstacles. They explain that the expedition succeeded because Native Americans generously shared their knowledge and resources.
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.
Young scholars examine journals and documents to investigate Lewis and Clark's explorations and how they relate to the concept of Manifest Destiny. They consider the impact of modern civilization to some of the areas Lewis and Clark wrote about.
Students formulate theories about the Lewis and Clark Expedition about its purpose and impact on America. They write position papers supported with facts discovered in their research. Students include quotes, factual references, maps, and journal excerpts in their essays.
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.
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.