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Students 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. Students then use their journals to write and record relevant information.
Learners research and create a "living museum" about Lewis and Clark. In 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. Students write one page biographies of Lewis and Clark.
Learners explore the trail followed by Lewis and Clark on their journey across the United States. In 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.
Students journey with Lewis and Clark. In this literature lesson, students read The Journal of Augustus Pellitier-The Lewis and Clark Expedition 1804. Students keep a journal in the persona of a member of the expedition crew.
Students practice descriptive language when one student describes an object to another student who cannot see it. They guess what the object is and relate the experience to that of the Lewis and Clark expeditionary journals.
Students comprehend the various aspects of the Lewis and Clark expediton. They complete an idea web. Students work in small groups. They recall some important aspects of the Lewis and Clark expedition by performing the Corps of Discovery Spoken Fugue.
Fifth graders complete a variety of activities surrounding the Lewis and Clark expedition. They create topographical maps of the U.S, showing the general route Lewis and Clark took, and create a board game based on the expedition.
Students consider how they perceive geographic features and obstacles, and how expedition members might have done so. If possible, begin the lesson plan before your students see the large-format film Lewis and Clark: Great Journey West.
Students create a Sacagawea-inspired wampum belt. In this Native-American activity, students study Sacagawea and her influence on the Lewis and Clark expedition. Students 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.
Students examine the nature journals of Lewis and Clark. In this primary source analysis instructional activity, 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.
Students 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.
Fourth graders become familiar with the conditions facing the members of the Expedition in the early 1800's, as well as the causes and consequences of the Expedition. They describe the conditions of the land in the 1800's and during the expedition.
Students examine the preparations made by Lewis and Clark before leaving on their expedition. They make predictions about what they believe the two explorers took and organize the list into a venn diagram. They compare their predictions to the actual list.
Students complete a scavenger hunt which highlights events on the journey by Lewis and Clark. Using the internet and journals, they identify events on the journey and places them on a timeline. They complete a worksheet as well to end the activity.
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.
Fourth graders research the internet and fill out a worksheet about the expeditions of Lewis and Clark. In this Lewis and Clark lesson plan, 4th graders explore internet websites given to them in order to answer questions about the expedition.
Students interpret historical evidence presented in primary and secondary resources. In this Lewis and Clark activity, students conduct research about the expedition and present their findings to their classmates.
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.
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. As a final activity, small groups create a board game based on the expeditions!
Sixth graders examine the Lewis and Clark Expedition. In this plant discovery lesson, 6th graders put in chronological order the plant discoveries of Lewis and Clark. Students understand the characteristics of leaves and find the area of leaves. Students study maps and chart the route of the exploration.