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Lewis & Clark Expedition

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Lewis & Clark

Lewis & Clark

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.

The New Nation at the Turn of the Century - Leading up to the Expedition!

Napoleon: The French Leader



Thomas Jefferson: The American Leader

  • Jefferson & the New Republic
    Several Power Point Presentations on Creating a New Government and The Era of Good Feeling, Teacher & Kids Links
  • Thomas Jefferson
    An online exhibition about President Jefferson from the Library of Congress
  • Thomas Jefferson: A Revolutionary World
    Writer of the Declaration of Independence, Influences Around the World
  • Thomas Jefferson & The West
    Jefferson's interest in the west, Acquisition of the Louisiana Territory, Concerns about Native Americans and Slavery
  • Thomas Jefferson
    Enchanted Learning - Biography, fill in the blank, printout quiz, timeline, nickel page, Mt. Rushmore
  • Thomas Jefferson
    Mini-Books & President Resources from Homeschool Share
  • Thomas Jefferson
    Thomas Jefferson Information from Liberty's Kids
  • Jefferson on the Nickel
    *Lapbook / Notebook Idea* For my elementary student I printed out the US Nickel page with Jefferson, and a few of the addition and subtraction with nickels pages which may be folded to make into mini books. - We also made a matching card game with "M
  • Thomas Jefferson
    Who was he? Chronology, Administration, Foreign, Domestic, & Events of his Presidency.

Games & Toys

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

Portrait of Explorer William Clark

  • *Lewis & Clark Lapbook Unit*
    Lapbook to Download ~ Pictures, Mini Fact Books & Pocket, Sacagawea, Notebooking Pages for Clark, Lewis, & Sacagawea, Botany, Geography, and Links to some cool things like a Lewis & Clark Bingo Game, Coloring Page, Online Quiz, Crafts, An
  • Lewis and Clark and Me
    Homeschool Share Lapbook ~ These materials are based around a story of Lewis' equally famous dog, Seaman! In this fictionalized narrative by Seaman, go back to 1803 to travel to the Pacific Ocean with Lewis and Clark! Excerpts of real journals have b
  • Lewis & Clark Lapbook
    Pictures and resources of a very nice lapbook.
  • Lewis & Clark Lesson Ideas & Materials
    From Guest Hollow (Our Los Banos) ~ links to online book chapters, Route Maps, Timeline ~ *Lapbook / Notebook* ~ "Who were Meriwether Lewis and William Clark and what did they do?" Map, questions, and notebook pages, Lewis & Clark and Jefferson P
  • Lewis & Clark: American Explorers
    Enchanted Learning also has short to the point information and fun reinforcement activities! We like to make mini books for our lapbook out of their pages. For Lewis & Clark they have: a summary, 3 map activities for their journey, and a cloze qu
  • Lewis & Clark Expedition
    *Lapbook* ~ we like to shrink these to ½ or ¼ size to put into out lapbooks ~ contains information, comprehension questions, spelling practice, crossword and word search puzzles.
  • Adorable Clipart
    From artist Mr. Phillip Martin ~ all clipart on this lens are his designs! Meriwether Lewis, Co-Leader of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, by Charles Willson Peale
Lewis & Clark Trail

Lewis & Clark Trail

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

  • Lewis & Clark
    There are four major sections in this interactive journey with Lewis & Clark. Explorers. Begin by making a 'specimen box', packing for the trip, and preparing to be a reporter in the early 1800's. 1 ~ The first station is at Monticello, Virginia

More knowledge through reading!

Missouri Breaks Backcountry of the Missouri River, 1st Described by Lewis & Clark

Read more about this female leader!

Great Research and Information!

  • *Discovering Lewis & Clark*
    Main site of the following areas - good stuff!
  • Overview
    Lewis & Clark from the Air - view map and pictures of their journey! A Western Adventure - A National Epic by Harry Fritz - a step by step tale of the expedition. Day by Day with Lewis & Clark - Listen to their story with Radio Broadcasts tha
  • The Expedition
    Very well explained and detailed maps and notes of the trip - Journal Excerpts
  • American Nation
    Deserts, Flag, Connections, Other Expeditions, Louisiana Purchase, Mackenzie, Jefferson, Peace Medals, Fur Trade
  • The Corps
    Lewis, Clark, Speech, Portraits, Enlisted Men, Journals, Sacagawea, Squads, Anniversaries, Military Profile, Music, Pay Scale, Orders, Uniforms, Hunters & Hunting, and much more!
  • Geography
    Explorer's Map, Beaverhead Rock, Mapping the Unknown, River Length, Mountain Ranges, Northern Lights, Road Hazards, Various Trails
  • Issues & Values
    Bison, Black Gold, Nature, Bears, Tobacco, Trail of Tears, War Monuments, Literature, Etc.
  • Native Nations
    Bear Claw Necklace, Nebraska, Nez Pierce, Fort Mandan Winter, Dogs, Games, Lodge, Salish, Osage, Passing the Hat, Trail of Tears
  • Natural History
    Birds, Dinosaurs, Fish, Mammals, Reptiles, Northern Lights, Paleontology, Plants,
  • Technology
    Air Guns, Caches, Camera Obscura, Candle Making & Lantern, Coopers, Celestial Navigation, Chronometer, Dugout Canoe, Fish Weirs, Keelboat - Barge, Guns, Illustrations, Branding Iron, Rifle, Power Keg, Route Survey, Shoshone Comparison, Steelyard,
  • Lewis & Clark
    Find many links to great Lewis & Clark sites for research and learning!
  • Follow in the Footsteps of Lewis & Clark
    Articles, Information, and PDF downloads of: The 2 Rivers of Lewis & Clark, About the Expedition, Rivers, Forests, and Prairies, Wilderness Notebooks, Special Places in Lewis & Clark Country, Spectacular Fishing Spots, Adventures Along the Tr
  • Explorers of the Pacific Northwest Education Resource Guide
    148 PAGE free PDF download containing lesson plans, activities, worksheets, poems & songs, history, maps, everything for an excellent unit. :) Some of these pages may be used in your *notebook or lapbook*.
  • Lewis & Clark Curriculum Guide
    Great site with very useful information: Louisiana Purchase, Lewis & Clark: Researchers, Images of the West Before Lewis & Clark, The American West Today, and more lessons.
  • Lewis & Clark
    Lesson plans, resources for teachers, kid friendly links to games and activities, power point presentations, and more from Mr. Donn.
  • Lewis & Clark Materials
    Several kid friendly materials for them to explore - a webquest with followup activity suggestions.
  • Lewis & Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery
    Created by Ken Burns and PBS ~ Sections of the site are: ~ Read a journal of one the explorers (You choose who and when in the search area.) ~ Inside the Corps ~ Native Americans ~ The Archive ~ Unto the Unknown ~ Interactive Trail Map! (Really cool
  • Lewis & Clark Unit
    From Easy Fun School Lesson Plans
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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."

More Webquests! - Internet Research!

  • The Famous Expedition
    Info page about Lewis & Clark for kids ~ Links to other pages.
  • Discover the Big Sky with Lewis & Clark
    Events, For Fun, General Info, Maps, People of the Party, Plants, Animals, Landmarks - Adorable kid drawn pictures. This would be good for younger elementary.
  • The End of the Trail
    Lewis & Clark Expedition ~ Journal Entries, Fort Clapsop, Native Americans (Food, Shelter, Families), Members of the Expedition, Hunting, and Links

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

© 2009 JoyfulPamela2

Enjoy your expedition of learning!

Anna K. Ortiz on September 10, 2014:

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

JoyfulPamela2 (author) from Pennsylvania, USA on November 01, 2012:

@JoshK47: Thank you! :)

JoshK47 on October 31, 2012:

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

JoyfulPamela2 (author) from Pennsylvania, USA on October 22, 2012:

@jaystanley: You're welcome!

jaystanley on October 22, 2012:

great! thanks for the lens

JoyfulPamela2 (author) from Pennsylvania, USA on October 10, 2012:

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

JoyfulPamela2 (author) from Pennsylvania, USA on October 10, 2012:

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

Shelly Sellers from Midwest U.S.A. on October 09, 2012:

My son loved learning about the Lewis and Clark Expedition!

Gabriel360 on March 07, 2012:

Awesome Lens! Lewis and Clark were awesome.

Lorna from USA on January 04, 2012:

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

Wendy Hughes from Charlotte on December 15, 2011:

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



JoyfulPamela2 (author) from Pennsylvania, USA on December 02, 2011:

@blastfromthepas1: Yes, that is unfortunately very true.

blastfromthepas1 on December 02, 2011:

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

sushilkin lm on October 18, 2011:

Thanks for Sharing informative lens !!

anonymous on August 09, 2011:

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

Shannon from Florida on June 24, 2011:

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

DianaHarper LM on May 04, 2011:

Thanks for the great lens! Blessings!

pheonix76 from WNY on April 08, 2011:

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

JJNW from USA on March 29, 2011:

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

JoyfulPamela2 (author) from Pennsylvania, USA on February 15, 2011:

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

RealityTV LM on February 14, 2011:

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

Steve Dizmon from Nashville, TN on February 13, 2011:

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.

MamaRuth on February 10, 2011:

Great collection of resources. Thanks.

anonymous on February 09, 2011:

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

Francis Luxford from United Kingdom on January 29, 2011:

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

Thomas F. Wuthrich from Michigan on January 28, 2011:

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

JJNW from USA on January 25, 2011:

Awesome homeschool resource! Nicely done!

homeschoolmomof4 on November 30, 2010:

wow, lots of info

javr from British Columbia, Canada on November 29, 2010:

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

MusicalKay28 on October 28, 2010:

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

anonymous on October 26, 2010:

So many resources. Good lens.

ElizabethJeanAl on October 23, 2010:

Great resources!

Thanks for sharing

jgall34 lm on October 20, 2010:

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

Faye Rutledge from Concord VA on October 02, 2010:

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

David Gardner from San Francisco Bay Area, California on September 25, 2010:

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!

Kiwisoutback from Massachusetts on September 20, 2010:

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

missbat on September 14, 2010:

Wow, what an awesome lens on Lewis and Clark!

RebeccaE on September 12, 2010:

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

JoyfulPamela2 (author) from Pennsylvania, USA on September 10, 2010:

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

Rhonda Albom from New Zealand on September 08, 2010:

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 :)

kimark421 on April 05, 2010:

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

norma-holt on March 21, 2010:

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


JoyfulPamela2 (author) from Pennsylvania, USA on March 15, 2010:

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

JoyfulPamela2 (author) from Pennsylvania, USA on March 15, 2010:

@eclecticeducati1: Thank you, Lynn!! :D

JoyfulPamela2 (author) from Pennsylvania, USA on March 15, 2010:

@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!

kimkreate on March 14, 2010:

thank you so very much for all of your wonderful lenses!!

we stumbled across squidoo a couple of months ago, my daughter and i have had fun playing, but your lenses are so fantastic!! i have learned so much! thank you again and God Bless You!

landforms on March 14, 2010:

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

eclecticeducati1 on February 28, 2010:

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

CCGAL on February 26, 2010:

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.

HorseAndPony LM on February 25, 2010:

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

puzzlerpaige on January 19, 2010:

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


Carolan Ross from St. Louis, MO on January 14, 2010:

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

Rhonda Albom from New Zealand on January 02, 2010:

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.

Laniann on December 23, 2009:

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

nebby from USA on December 22, 2009:

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

bdkz on December 21, 2009:

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

GrowWear on December 14, 2009:

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

WindyWintersHubs from Vancouver Island, BC on December 07, 2009:

Congratulations on your Giant Squid Awards Nomination!

happynutritionist on November 29, 2009:

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

justholidays on November 28, 2009:

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


Dianne Loomos on November 08, 2009:

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.

KFreeman on October 20, 2009:

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

VBright on October 19, 2009:

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

AlisonMeacham on October 16, 2009:

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

anonymous on September 26, 2009:

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


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