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Subject: Social Studies (5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: My adventure with Lewis & Clark
Description: Over the course of five days, students will create a daily journal in the style of Lewis and Clark. At the end of the week, the students will create a video using their Flip cameras recreating their journals.


Subject: Arts Education (5), or Social Studies (5)
Title: Plan the Adventure of a Lifetime with Lewis and Clark!
Description: This plan is the first lesson in my unit on Lewis and Clark. This is a project-based, hands-on unit in which students "become" part of the Corps of Discovery - the members traveling in the Lewis and Clark Expedition. In this lesson, the students will be introduced to Lewis and Clark and our daily routine for the unit. We will then create a three-dimensional raised-relief physical map of the United States on which to track our journey and plan what to take on the trip.


Subject: English Language Arts (5), or English Language Arts (5), or Social Studies (5)
Title: Manifest Destiny and Westward Expansion
Description: Students engage in a discussion of "Manifest Destiny" using a timeline of events from 1830 - 1860, and a biographical sketch of a real person who lived during that time period.  During the discussion, students will use the biography to interpret and infer how the real person might have felt.  A discussion guide is provided.  Students provide a written answer to the final discussion question to summarize their understanding of the issue.  


Subject: Social Studies (5)
Title: American Inventors
Description: Students will learn about 8 American inventors from the 1800's. They will use the internet of encyclopedia disc to research and print pictures and information about these people.


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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Born on a Mountaintop? Davy Crockett, Tall Tales, and History      Add Bookmark
Description: In this unit of four lessons, from EDSITEment, students examine tall tale characters, such as Davy Crockett, and their relationship to history. By the end of this unit, students will be able to name tall tale characters and locations that are based on actual people and places, and describe how they are used in an exaggerated way; name created characters and events from tall tales; list some of the literary characteristics of tall tales; and write a tall tale.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Social Studies
Title: On the Oregon Trail      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, from EDSITEment, students work with primary documents and latter-day photographs to recapture the experience of traveling on the Oregon Trail. The goals of this lesson are to learn about the pioneer experience on the Oregon Trail, to evaluate a historical re-enactment in light of documentary evidence, and to synthesize historical data through creative writing.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Thomas Jefferson on the Sedition Act      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from EDSITEment, students examine arguments put forth by Thomas Jefferson and others in opposition to the Sedition Act. They discuss Jefferson's opinion on how constitutional questions about the Sedition Act could be resolved.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies - Geography - Social Studies - United States History
Title: Lewis and Clark: Same Place, Different Perspectives      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students write about several encounters between the Lewis and Clark expedition and various Native American groups from the viewpoint of an expedition member or one of the Native Americans. Students can view the large-format film Lewis and Clark: Great Journey West before or after the lesson.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Exploring Cross-Age Tutoring Activities With Lewis and Clark      Add Bookmark
Description: Interaction and adventure draws high school and elementary school students together as they analyze stories about the Lewis and Clark expedition.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies - Geography - Social Studies - United States History
Title: Lewis and Clark: Facing Challenges--Real and Imagined      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students consider how they perceive geographic features and obstacles and how the Lewis and Clark expedition members might have done so. If possible, begin the lesson before your students see the large-format film Lewis and Clark: Great Journey West, and finish it after they have seen the movie.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Social Studies - Geography - Social Studies - United States History
Title: Lewis and Clark: Building a Lasting Legacy      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students discuss the significant contributions made by Native Americans and other team members during the Lewis and Clark expedition. Students draw or make a diorama that focuses on the geographic perspective of the expedition. Teachers should conduct the lesson after students study Lewis and Clark, or after they see the large-format film Lewis and Clark: Great Journey West.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Social Studies - Geography - Social Studies - United States History
Title: Lewis and Clark Expedition: Create Your Own Adventure      Add Bookmark
Description: In this student activity, from Xpeditions, students relive the spirit of Lewis and Clark by planning their own expedition. The Lewis and Clark Expedition of two hundred years ago embodied a spirit of adventure, curiosity, and exploration that is as exciting today as it was in the early 1800s. To capture that spirit, students imagine a journey through an unknown place. They choose a place that they have never visited, but would love to explore. Together with their family, students plan out their trip, imagining what they would like to learn, how they would travel, and what obstacles they might encounter along the way.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Science - General Science - Social Studies - Economics - Social Studies - Geography
Title: From Boomtown to Ghost Town      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students discuss how a specific economic activity in a region can facilitate the creation of towns, which often turn into ghost towns if the economic activity ends. They create posters or booklets showing the '' '' life cycle'' '' of a mining town, from before its foundation to its status as ghost town.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Language Arts - Literature - Social Studies - Geography - Social Studies - United States History
Title: There's No Place Like Home      Add Bookmark
Description: This Xpeditions lesson uses children's literature and maps to explore reasons for past and present settlement. Students give various reasons people in the past or present have chosen to settle and live in different regions of the United States. They also complete a map that traces a migration route of a pioneer family by using information from children's literature or from historical records.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Language Arts
Title: Gold was discovered in California in 1848.      Add Bookmark
Description: Students read letters from the Gold Rush and follow up by writing an imaginary letter to a family member about their experience using the Letter Generator.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: On This Day with Lewis and Clark      Add Bookmark
Description: This five-lesson unit, from EDSITEment, is designed to help students appreciate the immensity and mystery of the mission Lewis and Clark accepted. As experts investigating specific subjects assigned to Lewis by President Jefferson, students conduct careful research. Reading brief diary entries of the men of the Corps sparks the interest of students as they relive the discoveries of the original participants.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Certain Crimes Against the United States: Consequences of the Sedition Act      Add Bookmark
Description: This is the final lesson in the five-lesson EDSITEment curriculum unit titled Certain Crimes Against the United States: The Sedition Act. In this lesson, students explore some applications and consequences of the Sedition Act. They consider the problems governments face in balancing security needs and personal freedoms.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Language Arts
Title: The Lewis and Clark Expedition reached the Pacific Ocean in 1805.      Add Bookmark
Description: Students look at Kenneth Holder's paintings of the Lewis and Clark trail and transform their notes into a descriptive paragraph as if they were a member of the expedition.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies - Geography - Social Studies - United States History
Title: Lewis and Clark: Why Explore the Vast Unknown?      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson about the Lewis and Clark expedition, students interpret a map of the West as it was known at the time, learn what President Thomas Jefferson asked Meriwether Lewis to accomplish, and explain why the expedition was important for the future of the country. This lesson can be conducted before watching the large-format film '' '' Lewis and Clark: Great Journey West.'' ''
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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