Students will learn the value of exploring through the examples set forth by Lewis and Clark. This unit is mapped out for a 2 week unit for 3rd grade, but can be utilized in many flexible ways to cater to several, if not all, elementary grades. Students will look into map making, travel preparation, journal writing, performance skills, and visual thinking strategies. Students will develop a better understanding of America in the early 19th century and receiving explorer badges for their accomplishments along the way. They will conclude the unit by channeling their inner explorer as they craft their own action plans to explore the world around them.
5 detailed lessons with appropriate attachments. Lessons include...
1. Preparing for the Journey (map making and critical thinking applied to brainstorming how to pack to time appropriate standards)
2. Journey Journals (studying and practicing the importance of keeping journals using visual thinking strategies)
3. Eating with Explorers (research skills to understand time periods through cuisine)
4. Expedition Museum (wax museum presentation on historical contributors to the Lewis and Clark journey)
5. Balloon Launch (thinking about how we can too be explorers. Practice in goal setting through letter writing)