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Lewis and Clark Expedition Stations Lesson

Grade Levels
7th - 10th
Formats Included
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21 pages
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This Lewis and Clark Expedition lesson plan is an engaging and interactive way to provide a thorough lesson on their journey west!

Your download here is extremely thorough for a fun, in-depth, multi-part lesson plan on the Corps of Discovery. Special focus is paid to the experiences of York and Sacajawea along the journey through selected journal excerpts.

The lesson begins with a warm up reading on Jefferson's instructions for the journey. Students then move through 10 stations, each dedicated to a section of the expedition's journey west. Along the way, students map the trip and take notes on what they learn from journal excerpts and brief secondary source descriptions.

Finally, there is a concluding reading and concluding project ideas for students to create based on what they learned from the stations.

In all, the lesson includes:

  • A simple, detailed lesson plan directions page
  • Primary source warm up reading & worksheet (with key)
  • 10 stations, each with a map, background info, and primary source journal excerpts.
  • Printable maps for students to trace the route and major stops along the way.
  • 14 additional primary source journal excerpts
  • 5 suggested culminating project ideas with a rubric
  • A "postscript" reading on the return home and what happened to Lewis, Clark, York, & Sacajawea after the expedition.
  • Step-by-step instructions (with pictures) for creating a foldable student journal
  • An editable Google Docs version of the activity with links for extended learning.

The additional "bonus" journal excerpts provide brief glimpses at some of the most exciting, telling, humorous, or dramatic moments along the expedition and can be placed in-between stations to help students develop a fuller picture of the journey.

You and your students will surely enjoy this interactive journey west while focusing on state & Common Core Standards with over 30 primary source reading excerpts in all!

This resource can also be downloaded as part of my Early American History Unit Plan.

Thanks so much for stopping by! ✋

Total Pages
21 pages
Answer Key
Included with rubric
Teaching Duration
90 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Integrate visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts.
Identify aspects of a text that reveal an author’s point of view or purpose (e.g., loaded language, inclusion or avoidance of particular facts).
Describe how a text presents information (e.g., sequentially, comparatively, causally).
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies.
Identify key steps in a text’s description of a process related to history/social studies (e.g., how a bill becomes law, how interest rates are raised or lowered).


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