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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. They will also learn about the contributions of Sacagawea and consider the overall effect of the expedition on Native Americans.
Students 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.
Learners create a Sacagawea-inspired wampum belt. In this Native-American lesson plan, students study Sacagawea and her influence on the Lewis and Clark expedition. Learners 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 and read about Pomp, the infant son of Sacagawea. They research the Lewis and Clark expedition, create a storyboard presenting important events, and design a Powerpoint presentation.
Students consider the role of Sacagawea as part of the Corps of Discovery. In this Lewis and Clark expedition instructional activity, students discover details about Sacagawea's wampum belt and then create their own wampum belts using their computer and mathematical skills.
Explore famous women in U.S. history by creating a Venn Diagram, The focus of this Sacagawea biography lesson is for students to discuss the triumphs and contributions of Sacagawea's life and compare her to an average 21st century woman. Students utilize a Venn diagram to accurately compare and contrast a modern woman to Sacagawea.
Students research the decision to place the image of Sacagawea on the Golden Dollar, then write persuasive essays either defending or opposing this decision.
Students research and examine the life of Sacagawea to determine why she might have been chosen to appear on the Golden Dollar. They write journal entries based on their research.
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.
Examining life events is a great way to learn about chronological order. Sequencing and time order are analyzed after reading a book about Rosa Parks. With a chart, the class works together to put the events from Mrs. Parks' life in the correct order. I like the instructional activity because it works to reinforce social studies content as well as an ELA concept. 
Examine the lives of people who have made a significant contribution to society. The concept of biography is discussed with the class; they identify important actions, and read passages about Sacagawea and Benjamin Franklin. They write to explain how each of these people made contributions to American society. 
Students participate in a jigsaw reading activity about the contributions of Sacagawea to the Corps of Discovery. They also write a poem to reflect upon what they studied.
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.
Students identify advantages and disadvantages of using a barter system, explain the four characteristics of money, consider items that might be used as money, identify the functions of money, and use knowledge to solve mystery of unused coins.
Students examine historical Native American acts of philanthropy. In this Lewis and Clark lesson, students watch a movie and conduct research regarding the topic. Students explore how sharing one's time, talent, and treasure contribute to the greater good.
Students receive Presidential bookmarks with various information regarding U.S. Presidents on them. They participate in a variety of interesting sorting, reflect and write, timeline, and geography activities concerning this information.
Students investigate the expedition of Lewis and Clarke. In this United States history lesson, students choose a topic from the story to explore, such as the Missouri River, Sacagawea, and dugout canoes. The teacher creates a web on the board or computer to brainstorm a list of these topics as the story is read. Students use various resources, such as the Internet, to learn more about the topic of their choice and write a report.
Students identify the philanthropic acts of the Native Americans towards Lewis and Clark. For this United States history lesson, students list the conflicts that Lewis and Clark may have experienced and how the Native Americans helped them. Students role-play a scenario where they are new to the country and list things they would need for survival.
Students participate in cyber hunt activities involving Lewis and Clark in order to gain a better idea of what it was like to be an explorer of the vast western lands. In this history lesson, students may choose to study the route that Lewis and Clark traveled, write about what it was like to be part of the expedition, draw sketches of the views and places that they saw, or hypothesize about some of the challenges that these explorers faced traveling through unknown lands.
Students brainstorm, analyze, compare and contrast, and illustrate accomplishments of pioneers of the west. Students identify and interpret the Pacific Northwest pioneers. Students present their final projects to the class , including illustrations.

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