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Lewis & Clark Expedition

Updated on October 21, 2014

Lesson Plans & Unit Materials for Teaching about Lewis and Clark

The Lewis & Clark Expedition ~ how exciting! Doesn't it send tickles down your spine? A journey on the way across a broad new land! Who knows what they will see, who they will meet, what dangers await, which obstacles they may come across?

The men and woman of the Corps of Discovery sure were brave heading into the totally unknown! Would you have wanted to join them? Part of me is saying, "Yes ~ totally!", the other part of me saying, "No way!" I'm too spoiled in our century ~ I'd want my favorite restaurant chains to eat at instead of 'unknown animal burgers' and 'fresh berries of the day'. It would be nice to find a clean restroom on the way also, not to mention to be able to give birth in a clean safe environment instead of the wilderness like the incredible Sacagawea!

Well ~ we are lucky. We have the chance to relive the events of their adventures through videos, pictures, books, journals, lessons, and interactive online tours.

Over all my years of teaching (uhm, does that make me sound old? LOL), I have collected numerous materials for study. I have some saved in computer files, some in word processing documents, some links under 'favorites', some on bookshelves and filecabinet, and others printed out and stored in binders. I decided this year to attempt to list various teaching materials that I have gathered according to subject in lenses in order to find them easier. I have used some of the resources below, and others I have not, but found them to look interesting. I don't mean for it to look overwhelming. Take a glance around, and choose what works best for you and your students. I hope my attempts at organization will be useful to others, too.

For Stamp and Coin Collectors

Lewis and Clark 200th (bicentennial) Anniversary Coin & Stamp Collection with Frame
Lewis and Clark 200th (bicentennial) Anniversary Coin & Stamp Collection with Frame

This set contains some of the coinage and stamps celebrating the 200th anniversary of the Lewis and Clark expedition along with written historical notes in a frame!


Map of the U.S. in 1803, Showing the Louisiana Purchase

Portrait of Explorer William Clark

Would you have traveled across the country with Lewis & Clark if you had the opportunity?

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Diary Kept by William Clark of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, c.1804-1806

Lewis & Clark with Sacagawea

Read more about this female leader!

A Picture Book of Sacagawea (Picture Book Biography)
A Picture Book of Sacagawea (Picture Book Biography)

Colorful pictures seem to make as big of an impact as materials read to students - you will find both in this reader. Several other good Sacagawea books exist, too, as well as a coloring book by Dover.


Tools of the Trade for Lewis and Clark Expedition

Fort Mandan, Reconstructed Lewis and Clark Campsite on Missouri River, North Dakota

Inspiration from Matthew 28:19 - 20

"Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."

Video Learning

Thank you to Mr. Phillip Martin for his creative artwork!

Map of the Lewis and Clark Route across Louisiana Territory, c.1804-1806

Enjoy your expedition of learning!

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      Anna K. Ortiz 3 years ago

      thank you so much you helped me so much on my current events and this article was the best thing i could of write down on my assiment sheet

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      JoyfulPamela2 5 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      @JoshK47: Thank you! :)

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      A very interesting period of time, indeed - blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      JoyfulPamela2 5 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      @jaystanley: You're welcome!

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      jaystanley 5 years ago

      great! thanks for the lens

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      JoyfulPamela2 5 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      @shellys-space: It is a fun subject to study!

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      JoyfulPamela2 5 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      @shellys-space: It is a fun subject to study!

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      Shelly Sellers 5 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      My son loved learning about the Lewis and Clark Expedition!

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      Gabriel360 6 years ago

      Awesome Lens! Lewis and Clark were awesome.

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      LornsA178 6 years ago

      As usual, very interesting lens. I need to go back here again...Thanks!

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      Wendy Hughes 6 years ago from Charlotte

      WOW! What an informative and impressive lens! Thanks for sharing your knowledge!



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      blastfromthepas1 6 years ago

      Interesting lens. Maybe the Lewis and Clark Expedition was not great news for the American Indians though...

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      sushilkin lm 6 years ago

      Thanks for Sharing informative lens !!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Love this lens! Wonderful help in planning homeschool and co-op lesson plans. Thanks for putting all this together.

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      iijuan12 6 years ago from Florida

      I love your lens! I featured it on my Lewis & Clark Lesson Plan Lens:

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      DianaHarper LM 7 years ago

      Thanks for the great lens! Blessings!

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      pheonix76 7 years ago from WNY

      Excellent lens!! I always love reading about Lewis and Clark -- they were great naturalists.

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      JJNW 7 years ago from USA

      Yay - We homeschool too and history is one where I learn along with the kids! So happy to find your cool pages - Thanks!

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      JoyfulPamela2 7 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      @Steve Dizmon: That sounds good - I'll look it up! Thanks! =D

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      RealityTV LM 7 years ago

      I needed this so many years ago when I was in school! I'll remember it for my grandkids in the future! lol

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      Steve Dizmon 7 years ago from Nashville, TN

      Great lens. I enjoy American History and this was such a huge part of it. If you haven't seen the "Decoded" episode dealing with the death of Meriwether Lewis on the History Chanel, I would highly recommend it.

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      MamaRuth 7 years ago

      Great collection of resources. Thanks.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      A great look at the Lewis and Clark Exp. and lessons for the homeschooling parents.

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      Francis Luxford 7 years ago from United Kingdom

      I love history and learning something new! Great Lens, thank you for making this.

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      Thomas F. Wuthrich 7 years ago from Michigan

      Excellent! Congratulations on this informative and interesting lens! Lots of good stuff here for history and geography buffs. Thumbs up!

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      JJNW 7 years ago from USA

      Awesome homeschool resource! Nicely done!

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      homeschoolmomof4 7 years ago

      wow, lots of info

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      javr 7 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I remember the old computer game The Oregon Trail. Anything we do to breathe live into history is great for the children.

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      MusicalKay28 7 years ago

      Good Job........ p. s. HHHHIIIII!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      So many resources. Good lens.

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      ElizabethJeanAl 7 years ago

      Great resources!

      Thanks for sharing

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      jgall34 lm 7 years ago

      lots of great resources on this lens. very interesting read. thanks

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      Faye Rutledge 7 years ago from Concord VA

      Great information and resources here! Congratulations on the purple star!

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      David Gardner 7 years ago from San Francisco Bay Area, California

      Nice lens on the Lewis and Clark expedition. After having lived in some of that area (Montana), I can visualize the rough, but beautiful country they had to travel through! An interesting side question would be, "what if a competing team was trying to beat Lewis and Clark to the Pacific?" -- the movie "Almost Heroes"--starring Matthew Perry and Chris Farley--is a humorous look at what this "race" might have been. I've liked, favorited, thumbs-upped, and lensrolled this nifty lens! Congrats on a great job!

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      Kiwisoutback 7 years ago from Massachusetts

      I loved learning about this in school. Thanks for resurfacing some old forgotten knowledge. Nice work!

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      missbat 7 years ago

      Wow, what an awesome lens on Lewis and Clark!

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      RebeccaE 7 years ago

      I'll be back on this one, like your other lenses filled with info!

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      JoyfulPamela2 7 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      @RhondaAlbom: Thanks! : ) I hope the girls will enjoy the materials. We sure had a fun time with it last year!

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      Rhonda Albom 7 years ago from New Zealand

      Came back for a quick review as we get ready to do a Lewis and Clark unit. I think this lens will give us everything we need. Thanks. you are awesome :)

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      kimark421 8 years ago

      Great lens with some excellent links. Thanks for the info!

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      norma-holt 8 years ago

      Congrats on purple star. I love stories about explorers and history. Top marks and lens rolled to Save Planet Earth


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      JoyfulPamela2 8 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      @landforms: Hope it is useful to you students! Thank you for your info link! :)

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      JoyfulPamela2 8 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      @eclecticeducati1: Thank you, Lynn!! :D

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      JoyfulPamela2 8 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      @kimkreate: You're so welcome! I love to learn and to share that info with others ~ and, of course, it should be fun at the same time!

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      landforms 8 years ago

      I will be using this in my classroom. Thank you! David form

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      eclecticeducati1 8 years ago

      Pamela, congratulations on your purple star!!!! Great lens. Blessed by an Angel.

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      CCGAL 8 years ago

      This is an absolutely amazing collection of information and links to more information. What a terrific resource you've compiled here. I wish all teachers & home-schoolers could know about it. Congratulations on a well deserved purple star.

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      HorseAndPony LM 8 years ago

      Congratulations on your purple star! We love Lewis and Clark.

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      puzzlerpaige 8 years ago

      So much incredible information. I will definitely be back for all of your wonderful links!


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      Carolan Ross 8 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Such a comprehensive lens here about Lewis & Clark! I mean you've collected everything imaginable. Well done. A+ and 5*s!

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      Rhonda Albom 8 years ago from New Zealand

      Fantastic! Perfect for our upcoming term. I have made this Link of the month for Jan 2010 on Geography Resources for homeschoolers and it is Blessed by this Squidoo Angel.

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      Laniann 8 years ago

      Congratulations, on being selected as one of the 2009 Giant Squid Award Winners for your lens on Lewis & Clark Expedition.

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      nebby 8 years ago from USA

      Congratulations on being a winner in the 2009 Giant Squid Awards! This lens is so much more fun that learning this in school.

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      bdkz 8 years ago

      Congratulations on being a winner in the 2009 Giant Squid Awards!

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      GrowWear 8 years ago

      Congratulations, on your nomination for Lewis & Clark Expedition as Best Potential Giant Squid Lens!

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      WindyWintersHubs 8 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Congratulations on your Giant Squid Awards Nomination!

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      happynutritionist 8 years ago

      Hello again, "joyful" friend, good to see that your lens got the Giant Squid Award nomination. Nice lens! ~claudia

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      justholidays 8 years ago

      Congratulations for this great lens as well as your nomination to 2009 Giant Squid Awards!


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      Dianne Loomos 8 years ago

      Family rumor has it that we are descendants of Sacajawea but I haven't actually seen any confirmation. An interesting period in history to be sure.

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      KFreeman 8 years ago

      I always hated history. You made it Fun! Great Lens!

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      VBright 8 years ago

      What a fantastic lens! Yes, I love Lewis and Clark stories and adventures! I'm going to be reading more of your wonderful lenses!

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      AlisonMeacham 8 years ago

      Pamela this is exactly what I have been looking for to help my daughter with a project. Squid Angel Blessings to you.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      A very nice lens about Lewis and Clark! Very nice!!!


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      Evelyn Saenz 8 years ago from Royalton

      This lens is now featured on Unit Studies: Fun, Creative Hands-On Leaning Group.

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      Welcome to the Lesson Plans Group. Be sure to add this lens to the appropriate plexo.

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