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Lewis and Clark Lesson Plans and Thematic Units

 icon 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.

 icon Lewis and Clark: The National Bicentennial Exhibition
Large collection of information, resources, and lesson plans.

 icon Lewis and Clark Lesson Plans
Below from PBS

 Lesson 1 (SS)
The student will examine the historical context of the expedition and trace the path followed by the Corps of Discovery.

Lesson 2 (SS)
The student will explore the mental, physical, and geographical challenges faced by the Corps of Discovery.

Lesson 3 (SS)
The student will practice cartography skills.

Lesson 4 (SS)
The student will use journal entries from the Corps of Discovery to develop a historical narrative of the expedition.

Lesson 5 (SS)
The student will identify the structure of the Dakota Nation and practice communication skills in the context of a conflict.

Lesson 6 (SS)
The student will work in a group to complete a map and discuss the impact of the expedition on the Lakota Indians.

Lesson 7 (SS)
The student will identify the contributions that York, Sacagawea, and several Native American tribes made toward the success of the expedition.

Lesson 8 (M)
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.

Lesson 9 (M)
The student will estimate the number and types of supplies that would be needed for a trans-continental expedition.

Lesson 10 (M)
The student will apply measurement skills and ratio and proportion to collect data on vegetation.

Lesson 11 (S)
The student will create a river and examine its dynamics.

Lesson 12 (S)
The student will practice skills related to the science of taxonomy.

Lesson 13 (S)
The student will compare the positions of select animals in the food web both at the time of the expedition and now.

Lesson 14 (LA)
The student will practice their descriptive writing skills by communicating an unknown idea to another.

Lesson 15 (LA)
The student will explore communication challenges faced by the Corps of Discovery.

Lesson 16 (LA)
The student will create and publish an online newspaper with details on events from the expedition.

Lesson 17 (LA)
The student will write a journal entry from the point of view of one member of the expedition.

 iconLewis 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. 

 iconThe 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)

 icon Teaching With Documents Lesson Plan: The Lewis and Clark Expedition
Images of authentic documents from the era along with lesson ideas.

 icon Lewis and Clark: American Explorers
Information about numerous participants in the expedition.

 icon On This Day With Lewis and Clark
Some great lessons here.

 icon Lewis and Clark: A Scientific Journey
Students will

 icon Teach Lewis and Clark: Updating the Journals Nearly 200 Years Later

 icon 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.

 icon National Endowment for the Humanities - Lewis and Clark: Exploring Uncharted Territory

 icon National Council on Economic Education - Economic Spotter: Lewis and Clark's Expedition Faces Scarcity

 icon The United States Mint: 50 State Quarters® Program Lesson Plans – Louisiana grades 2-3

 icon The United States Mint: 50 State Quarters® Program Lesson Plans – Louisiana grades 4-6

 icon The Smithsonian Institute: Lewis and Clark and the Language of Discovery

 icon Smithsonian in the Classroom, Lewis and Clark and the Language of Discovery

 icon The Lewis and Clark Expedition: A Webquest

 icon Frontier Army Museum Lesson Plans

 icon Lewis and Clark: a Webquest

 icon You Asked for It: Lewis and Clark

 icon The Science of the Lewis and Clark Expedition

 icon National Endowment for the Humanities, ED Sitement!

 icon Lewis and Clark, Reliving the Journey

 icon Sacajawea lesson plan

 icon From Sea to Shining Sea: A Nation Moves Westward!

 iconPrint-A-Unit, the Lewis and Clark Expedition

 icon National Endowment for the Humanities, Ed Sitement

 icon USA Today Weekend: Lead the Way!

 icon West Tech WebQuest

 icon Home School Legal Defense Association, Lewis and Clark Rediscovering their Journey

 icon The EOS Education Lewis and Clark Project

 icon Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory

 icon Lewis & Clark Curriculum Guide
 
 icon Discovering Science with Lewis & Clark 

 icon Lewis & Clark Among the Indians of the Pacific Northwest
 
 icon Lewis & Clark and the Language of Discovery
 
 icon Native American Contributions to the Lewis & Clark Expedition

 icon Sacagawea and the Lemhi Shoshoni

 icon Plants & Animals Seen by Lewis & Clark
 
 icon Captain Lewis Buys a Dog
 
 icon Louisiana Purchase
 
 icon Introduction to Maps

 icon Lesson Plans: Latitude, Longitude and Mapmaking

  iconMap Adventures

 icon What Do Maps Show?

 icon Exploring Maps

 icon Mapping the School

 icon On-line Lewis and Clark Study Resource 

Internet Resources

 icon Lewis & Clark PBS Companion information for the Ken Burns television series on Lewis and Clark. 

 icon The History of the Lewis and Clark Expedition  Detailed history of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, with a bibliography and photographs.

 icon Map of Lewis and Clark Expedition

 icon Map of Lewis and Clark Expedition (no labels)

 icon Lewis and Clark: Following the Trail

 icon Time Machine-New Nation