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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 Biographies)
A Picture Book of Sacagawea (Picture Book Biographies)

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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      Evelyn Saenz 7 years ago from Royalton

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

      Please consider adding this lens to the Unit Studies: Fun, Creative Hands-On Leaning Group.

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      Evelyn Saenz 7 years ago from Royalton

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

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      anonymous 7 years ago

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


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      AlisonMeacham 7 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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      VBright 7 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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