The Lewis and Clark Expedition
For students to gain a general knowledge about how Lewis & Clark determined latitude and longitude. Also each student should gain enough skill to use a sextant properly.
Lewis and Clark: The National Bicentennial Exhibition
Large collection of information, resources, and lesson plans.
Clark Lesson Plans
Below from PBS
The student will examine the historical context of the expedition and trace the path followed by the Corps of Discovery.
The student will explore the mental, physical, and geographical challenges faced by the Corps of Discovery.
The student will practice cartography skills.
The student will use journal entries from the Corps of Discovery to develop a historical narrative of the expedition.
The student will identify the structure of the Dakota Nation and practice communication skills in the context of a conflict.
The student will work in a group to complete a map and discuss the impact of the expedition on the Lakota Indians.
The student will identify the contributions that York, Sacagawea, and several Native American tribes made toward the success of the expedition.
The student will estimate the time and distance traveled by the Corps of Discovery and construct a multiple line graph to visually compare the data.
The student will estimate the number and types of supplies that would be needed for a trans-continental expedition.
The student will apply measurement skills and ratio and proportion to collect data on vegetation.
The student will create a river and examine its dynamics.
The student will practice skills related to the science of taxonomy.
The student will compare the positions of select animals in the food web both at the time of the expedition and now.
The student will practice their descriptive writing skills by communicating an unknown idea to another.
The student will explore communication challenges faced by the Corps of Discovery.
The student will create and publish an online newspaper with details on events from the expedition.
The student will write a journal entry from the point of view of one member of the expedition.
and Clark Thematic Unit
Students will be able to identify the major events of the Lewis and Clark Expedition and the importance of this expedition to modern society.
Science of the Lewis and Clark Expedition
1. Identify species in the animal and plant kingdom (Science) 2. Describe characteristics of specific plants and animals (Science) 3. Make clear, concise, and detailed journal entries (Language) 4. Illustrate plants and animals (Science and Art)
Teaching With Documents Lesson Plan: The Lewis and Clark Expedition
Images of authentic documents from the era along with lesson ideas.
Lewis and Clark: American Explorers
Information about numerous participants in the expedition.
Day With Lewis and Clark
Some great lessons here.
Lewis and Clark: A Scientific Journey
Lewis and Clark: Building a Lasting Legacy
In this lesson, students will draw or make a diorama that focuses on the geographic perspective of the expedition.
Lewis & Clark PBS Companion information for the Ken Burns television series on Lewis and Clark.