Wild West Careers: Explorers – Lewis and Clark
This product contains 6 one-page reading passages covering the Louisiana Purchase, the Corps of Discovery, Lewis and Clark, Sacagawea, the Expedition and more. This product is also perfect for SUBSTITUTE TEACHERS, enrichment learning, homeschool or co-ops! The reading passages are great for CLOSE READING with any non-fiction graphic organizer (not included). THIS LESSON INCLUDES READING PASSAGES, ACTIVITIES, REVIEW GAME, WORKSHEET AND TEACHER’S KEY.

With the Louisiana Purchase in 1803, the United States almost doubled in size. The Lewis and Clark’s Expedition to explore the new land began in 1804 and took over two years. This lesson examines its impact on the United States and Westward Expansion and includes:

Reading Passages*
6 one-page reading passages covering the following topics:

• America in the 1800s; The Louisiana Purchase
• Lewis and Clark: Preparing the Corps of Discovery
• Lewis and Clark: The Expedition
• A Realization
• Sacagawea’s Early Life
• Sacagawea on the Expedition

This product includes the following classroom activities:

 Brainstorm – What Would You Bring?
 Map Work: Louisiana Purchase; The Lewis and Clark Expedition
 Job Application: Explorer
 Simon Says: Learn to Read a Compass!
 Go On an Expedition!
 Review Worksheet
 Writing Prompt
 Map Your Room
 Coloring Pages
 Review Game – Bingo Words and Clues
This is one lesson in a series of “Wild, Wild West Careers Lesson Plans.” Each of the Wild, Wild West Careers lesson plans covers the career and information about the time period as it relates to the career. The series covers the United States during the 1800s, including events that contributed to Western Expansion. Each lesson can also be used individually.

*These Reading Passages also appear in my other Wild West History Products
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Created: Jul 22, 2016

Updated: Feb 22, 2018

Lesson Plan

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