Thursday, April 11

We Were There with Lewis and Clark

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You've just received a box with a buffalo hide, thirteen dead insects, and several hand-written notes.....what's your first thought?

After the Louisiana Purchase, President Jefferson sent a team of men to explore the land that the United States now owned.  From May 1804 to September 1806, this team made its way to the Pacific Coast, collecting natural specimens and making notes along the way.   Captain Meriweather Lewis and Lieutenant William Clark commanded the Corps of Discovery, a group of Army volunteers, along with the assistance of Sacagawea, a Native American woman.  The group left from St. Louis, Missouri, where the Gateway Arch now memorializes the journey.  One of their missions was to establish an American presence in the area before other European powers tried to take over it.   They sent back many reports, specimens, maps, sketches, journal entries, and traded goods to President Jefferson along the way.  Their exploration efforts helped to fuel Manifest Destiny and the opening up of the west.

Gateway Arch in St. Louis

Make / Do
  • Complete the Expedition map  
  • Expedition Lapbook
  • Use the activity book above to do the following:
    • Make beeswax candles, complete an archaeological dig, use Indian signs, make a basket and moccasins, use longitude & latitude, make a stew, and more!
  • Expedition
  • Louisiana Purchase
  • Corps of Discovery
  • Captain Meriwether Lewis
  • Second Lieutenant William Clark
  • Sacagawea
  • Toussaint Charbonneau
  • Great Plains
  • President Thomas Jefferson
  • Territory
  • Lakota
  • Mandan
  • Continental Divide
  • Blackfeet
  • Crow
  • How would the expedition have been different if Sacagawea hadn't been there to guide and interpret throughout the journey?
  • Did Meriweather Lewis and William Clark make a good team? Why or why not?
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Clark's drawing of a salmon & his original notes


  1. this is a good mini history lesson. Put them all together and you'd have your history for a year.

    1. ....I thought about doing that, actually. :)