This lesson is one of a series that I have written to accompany my Lewis and Clark yearlong study with Upper Elementary students ages 8-11. Students have learned the history behind the Louisiana Purchase, explored biographies of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, learned mapping/navigational skills with compasses, and completed a lesson on packing for the trip.
While in Philadelphia, Lewis spent time learning more about the field of botany and plant identification. He was charged by President Jefferson to document, classify, and categorize as many different flora and fauna he saw during his travels. The whole crew was also encouraged to journal and document any new experiences that they had while traveling.
During this lesson, students will be travelling outdoors to find leaves and plants from your schoolyard. Autumn is a great time to do this.