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The Louisiana Purchase
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The Lewis and Clark
Expedition.

Louisiana Purchase

Background

Facts About the Land Purchased

Lewis and Clark Expedition

Planning for the Journey

Meriwether Lewis

William Clark

Members of the "Corps of Discovery"

Supply List for the Expedition

Interesting Facts and Trivia about the Expedition

Links to lessons, WebQuest and other Resource

 



Lewis and Clark Expedition

This section links to web sites, lessons and Web Quest.

|Lessons | WebQuests Web Sites |

Lewis and Clark
PBS OnLine
http://www.pbs.org/lewisandclark/index.html
An extensive site based on the film The Journey of the Corps of Discovery. You can use this site without purchasing the video. The contents of the site include: biographies of all of the members of the expedition, articles on the Native Americans tribes that the expedition encountered, and lesson plans for classroom use.

National Archives Digital Classroom
Teaching with primary sources
http://www.archives.gov/digital_classroom/lessons/lewis_and_
clark/lewis_and_clark.html
This site is very unique. It offers lesson plans based on digital images of the original documents related to the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Some the documents featured include:

  • President Thomas Jefferson's confidential message to Congress concerning relations with the Indians
  • List of Indian presents purchased by Meriwether Lewis

These are three of the 11 documents provided. At the bottom of the page are the links to the lessons and worksheets.

Lewis and Clark's Historic Trail
http://www.lewisclark.net/
The site includes interactive maps, timelines, journals, biographies and a did you know section.

Lewis & Clark: Mapping the West
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
http://www.edgate.com/lewisandclark/
An excellent site. One outstanding feature is the section on cartography. The lessons and resources will help your students understand not only how to use maps, but also how maps are made. Don't miss some of the interactive features where you can rotate some of the artifacts. (Example: http://www.edgate.com/lewisandclark/compass_qtvr.html)

Education World
http://www.educationworld.com/a_lesson/lesson179.shtml

This web site has information on the Louisiana Purchase and the Lewis & Clark Expedition, with suggestions for learning activities. It also presents both historical information and teaching suggestions on such related topics as the Gold Rush and the Transcontinental Railroad. Good page for information on the significance of the Frontier and the Westward Movement for the growth of the modern American nation.

Lewis and Clark
Created by Scholastic
http://teacher.scholastic.com/products/instructor/lewisandclark.htm
Could be used with grades four and higher. Provides links and questions for the students to answer. This would be a good introductory lesson.

WebQuests on Lewis and Clark

Lewis and Clark Webquest
http://www1.bellevuepublicschools.org/curriculum/k6web/fourthgrade/nebraskastudies/lewisandclark/LCQuest.htm

Additional Sites

Lewis and Clark Interactive Adventure
http://www1.bellevuepublicschools.org/curriculum/k6web/fourthgrade/nebraskastudies/lewisandclark/LCQuest.htm
Teacher created Webquest. Simple, but the data collection sheets are nicely done and will lead your students through their research.



Who was Sacagawea, and how did she aid the expedition?
http://www.pbs.org/lewisandclark/living/4.html
From PBS
Background information on Sacagawea. Contains audio segments from historians commenting on her role in the expedition.

Discovering Lewis and Clark
http://www.lewis-clark.org/index.htm

This is a highly interactive site with resources and information on the journey. Your students will enjoy exploring this site.

Pedaling Lewis & Clark
http://www.loe.org/series/lewis_clark/
Barrett Golding and Josef Verbanac biked the Lewis & Clark Trail in two three-week installments during the summers of 2001 and 2002. They called their two-thousand-mile trip “The Great Pains and Accuracy Tour,” after Thomas Jefferson’s instructions to Lewis and Clark to explore the Missouri River and to document what they found with “Great pains and accuracy.”

They provided Living on Earth with interviews of people who live and work along the route today. To learn more, click the towns in the map above.
They provide audio clips of their journey and the interviews.

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Lewis and Clark for Kids: Their Journey of Discovery with 21 Activities

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Lewis & Clark - The Journey of Discovery
DVD

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Lewis and Clark - The Journey of Discovery
VHS

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Going Along with Lewis and Clark
(Elementary)

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Animals on the Trail with Lewis and Clark



 
 
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This page was modified on: May 14, 2012

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