Culminating the Topic
Going on an Expedition
Lewis and Clark followed the Missouri River on their journey, students will use compasses and direction cards for their journey. Divide students into groups of about four students each. On 3 x 5 cards, write the eight cardinal directions. Have each group choose four cards, write them down in order on paper and return them to the deck for the next group. Once every group has their four directions, explain that they are to make a map of the route that they travel. Beginning with the first direction they pulled, using the compass, they travel until they come to a landmark (this could be anything from a fence post to a patch of grass to a pylon). They are to draw this on their map. They then continue using the next direction they pulled. Their final destination will be the landmark where their final direction leads them. Back in the classroom, compare group maps, or have groups trade maps and retrace the group's directions.
Ask the students: how easy or difficult is it to make a map. If you weren't familiar with the area would it be easier or harder? Why? What skills did William Clark need to map the route of the Corps of Discovery?
Using information gathered from the previous activities, have students write a biographical poem (Appendix III) on a member of the Corps of Discovery.
Divide your students into groups of three to four. Give each group a poster-sized sheet of drawing or butcher paper. Tell them, "Beginning January 18, 2003, Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson, will celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Lewis and Clark expedition with numerous events and exhibitions. One of the planned objectives is to provide posters to schools focusing on various aspects of the journey. This is where you come in. As a group, decide what information you need to have on the poster and what major aspect of the journey you will show." Direct students as to what mediums they may use (paint, crayons, etc.). (See web sources for website on Monticello.)