Tea Party - Part I (***Literature/Historical Fiction)
Using excerpts of the text from Lewis and Clark: Explorers of the American West (See Appendix I), divide the text by the number of students you have. (This can also be done by printing the text on 3 x 5 note cards - laminate them so that they can be used for years to come.). Pass out a section to each student and have students walk around the classroom reading their text piece to as many people as possible in a 10 to 15 minute period. Have students then return to their seats and share out what they learned from the readings they read and listened to. Write responses on chart paper.
Match Same 2001 (***Visuals)
Divide students into groups of four or five. Give each group four visuals from the book Lewis and Clark for Kids (some may need to be enlarged) and four text excerpts Lewis and Clark: Explorers of the American West that matches the visual. Someone from each group reads the text copy and the group decides which of the visuals fits the written description. Once everyone has found the matches, check for accuracy. What made each group determine they had found each match? Did everyone agree? (This can be done using the same four visuals and text pieces for each group.) From the information gathered, what did they learn about the Lewis and Clark expedition from both the visuals and the printed text? Add these responses to the chart paper. When this is done, hand each student a matrix (Appendix II) and have them fill in the appropriate information from the chart. You may want to have students work with a partner or in groups if you have ELL students.
What did They Say? (***Primary Source Materials)
Lewis and Clark's journal entries (and four other members of the Corps of Discovery) are on the internet on the PBS website in the original spelling (mosquito was spelled 18 different ways) and punctuation. Give each student a journal entry and have them be editors and correct the mistakes. A bigger challenge would be to have the student then paraphrase-the entry.
What Is It? (***Primary Source Materials)
On Lewis and Clark's journey, they encountered new species of animals and plants and described, drew, or brought back specimens for documentation of what they saw. Use the primary source journal entries for a mule deer and prairie dog as follows as examples:
September 14, 1804
Capt. Clark joined us had killed a curious annamil resembling a Goat Willard brought it on board it was 3 feet high resembles a Deer in some parts the legs like a Deer. feet like a Goat. horns like a Goat only forked...Such an anamil was never yet known in US. States. the Capt had the Skins of the hair & Goat Stuffed in order to send back to the city of Washington. the bones and all.
July 30, 1804
Two of our hunters went out and killed an animal, called a pararow, about the size of a ground hog and nearly of the same colour. It has a head similar to that of a dog, short legs and large claws on its forfeet; some of the claws are an inch and an half long.
Have each student decide on an animal and describe what it looks like without mentioning it's name. See how many animals the class can identify from the descriptions.