Lewis and Clark and the Corps of Discovery
A WebQuest for intermediate students(Social Studies)
Mark E. Sanders
Image courtesy of PBS
Image courtesy of National Geographic
From the Top of the Rocky Mountains to the depths of the Missouri River, the Western United States is calling out to you, "Come discover my many mysteries!" It is your job to become an expert member of Lewis and Clark's Corps of Discovery. You will participate in research by: sifting though real journal entries written by Lewis and Clark; studying old maps and letters; examining photographs of strange looking animals and plants; stomping through the rivers and swamps with Sacagawea, uncovering the life of the Native Americans... viewing lands and rivers that had never been seen before by Americans back East
You will do all of your research using the Internet!
However, you don't want to forget what you discovered. Therefore, while
plowing through the West, be sure to record your findings in your field
journal. After all, you need to be able to keep Thomas Jefferson informed
of your experience! Lewis and Clark are counting on you to do just that.
Answer the following questions:
What were the reasons for the expedition?
Pick 5 supplies that you think were important and tell why.
Go through the
timeline and choose 10 important events to include in your powerpoint
Choose 4 Native American tribes. Tell about them and their interactions with the expedition.
Pretend you are one of the members of the expedition and write an autobiography.
Who was Sacagawea? What was her role on the expedition?
Find out about the dog
that went on the expedition.
Take notes and gather information about the journey. Include any interesting facts you find. Collect images that relate to your information. Design a powerpoint presentation to show President Jefferson your in-depth knowledge of the adventure.
Rubric – Lewis and Clark Webquest
Powerpoint/Oral Presentation Rubric
CONGRATULATIONS! You have successfully avoided the jaws of the grizzly bears, the attacks of the Blackfeet Indians, and have returned to St. Louis in one piece! You have one last mission. Take the online expedition to see if you have learned how to survive the journey of the century.
Credits & References
I wish to thank Missy Lanza, Samantha Levin, and Molly Decker,
A special thanks to Christy Blauer-Ziegler. My mentor and friend.
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Last updated on (October 7, 2002). Based on a template from The WebQuest Page