Objective•Students will map out the trail Lewis and Clark followed•Learn how to make a map key•Learn the rivers and territories Lewis and Clark explored•Learn where the journey began and ended•Learn the obstacles the explorers faced, such as: weather and Native Americans
Pre-Assessment1. Who knows about Lewis and Clark?2. Why did they travel the United States?3.How would you feel about traveling 1200 miles on foot and by boat?4.What do you think you would encounter on your trip?5.What kinds of things would you need to take with you?6.How would you map areas that have not yet been explored?
IntroductionThomas Jefferson sent Lewis and Clarkon a journey west to find a waterroute to the Pacific and explore theuncharted west. Lewis and Clark found over300 species unknown to science, nearly 50Indian tribes, and the Rockies. Lewis, Clark,and their men endured the cold winters withtemperatures reaching zero degrees anda dwindling food supply. The group metToussaint Charbonneau and his wife,Sacagawea, at their Mandan Fort. Sacagaweabelonged to the Mandan tribe.
Materials Map of the trail Lewis & Clark explored Blank U.S. map for each student List of areas and bodies of water they crossed Colored pencils
Learning GeographyHand out blank maps for thestudents to create theirown map of the explorationof Lewis and Clark.
AssignmentMap:1.The territories the U.S. was split up into at that time: United States, Oregon Territory, and Spanish Territory2.The rivers Lewis and Clark followed3.The mountains they crossed: Rockies and Sierras4.Where they met Charbonneau and SacagaweaCreate a map key using different colors to mark the different points of the exploration
Class Narrative Perform a narrative in front of class. Pretend to be William Clark visiting the class to tell the students about his journey. Describe the expedition and what he encountered along the way. Have props such as: pictures of the Rocky Mountains, grizzly bears, and a dollar piece with a picture of Sacagawea.