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Lewis and Clark: Facing Challenges-Real and Imagined
Students consider how they perceive geographic features and obstacles, and how expedition members might have done so. If possible, begin the lesson before your students see the large-format film Lewis and Clark: Great Journey West.
Lewis and Clark: Prized Possession
Young scholars create a Sacagawea-inspired wampum belt. In this Native-American lesson, students study Sacagawea and her influence on the Lewis and Clark expedition. Young scholars learn about wampum and prized possessions and work in groups to create a unique bead pattern. Then students work individually to create a wampum belt using with strings and beads.
Lewis and Clark: Artful Recordings
Students examine the nature journals of Lewis and Clark. In this primary source analysis lesson, students research the journals that the members of the Corps of Discovery kept during the expedition and then conduct further research on plants and animals noted in the original journals. Students present their findings in their own nature journals.
Analyzing the Lewis and Clark Journals
Learners examine and interpret Corps of Discovery journal entries as primary documents/sources providing insight into the Lewis and Clark expedition's journey. They present information they have documented on included activity sheet in the form of written historical narratives.
The Expedition Gets Underway
In this Lewis and Clark Expedition worksheet, students read for information and complete comprehension activities. In this fill in the chart, journal entry, and multiple choice worksheet, students answer twenty questions.
Lewis and Clark Expedition
Fourth graders read excerpts and research the Internet to learn about the expeditions of Lewis and Clark and their impact on the United States. Students fill out a KWL chart as they learn.
The Lewis and Clark Expedition
Learners 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.
Ethnography of the Lewis & Clark Expedition
Middle schoolers 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.
Was the Lewis and Clark Expedition Successful?
Students investigate the effectiveness of the Lewis and Clark. In this exploration lesson plan, students read Tall Tales with Lewis and Clark and read journal entries written by Lewis. Students determine whether or not the expedition was successful.
History: Impact of the Lewis and Clark Expedition
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.
Lewis and Clark: Great Journey West
Students understand the acts of kindness shown Lewis and Clark by the Native Americans. In this Lewis and Clark lesson, students watch a movie and recognize that without the interaction with Native Americans Lewis and Clark would not have survived. Students complete a journal.
Lewis and Clark: Why Explore the Vast Unknown?
Students interpret a map of the West as it was known at the time, learn what President Thomas Jefferson asked Meriwether Lewis to accomplish, and explain why the expedition was important for the future of the country.
Lewis & Clark: Lesson 2
Third graders use maps and a National Geographic video to explore the journey of Lewis and Clark. In this Lewis and Clark lesson plan, 3rd graders focus on the physical environments that Lewis ans Clark travelled through. Students create maps to show physical features of their trip to school.
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. Students develop timelines and write to show understanding.
Were Lewis and Clark respectful to the Native Americans they encountered on their journey?
Sixth graders debate whether or not Lewis and Clark were respectful of Native Americans they encountered on their journey. In this American History lesson, 6th graders review primary documents and diary entries from the Lewis and Clark expedition in preparation for their debate.
Lewis & Clark Picture Book
Learners examine the Lewis and Clark Expedition and discover the historical impact the journey had on the US. In this Lewis/Clark expedition lesson, students read the book Lewis and Clark on the Trail of Discovery: The Journey that Shaped America. Learners then use their journals to write and record relevant information.
A Differentiated Way through Think Dots
Students examine reasons that led people to explore, identify "West" as defined following Revolutionary War, explain importance of finding natural resources, develop time line of dates and events leading up to Lewis and Clark Expedition, and create resource maps.
East Meets West: Americans on the Move
Students imagine what it was like to be part of the Lewis and Clark expedition. In this Lewis and Clark Expedition lesson, students watch "East Meets West: Americans on the Move," and then write journal entries from the perspective of the crew members.
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.
Proving For The Crew
Students write math questions that pertain to the Lewis and Clark Expedition. For this math lesson, students utilize resources in the classroom to help write mathematical questions and answers that relate to the Lewis and Clark Expedition. There are student-written examples included in this lesson.