Activity Description

Scholastic’s Lewis & Clark Online Activity allows your students to follow the Corps of Discovery’s exciting journey west. The online activity not only follows the historic journey from 1803–1806, but it also explores the trail today where student reporters around the nation will report on the bicentennial celebrations happening in their backyards. As students explore the activity, they are encouraged to collect objects and information just as Lewis and Clark did for President Jefferson.

The components for Lewis & Clark are broken down into:

Prepare for the Journey: Grades 3–8
Get background on the Lewis and Clark journey, the involvement of Thomas Jefferson, and the importance of the Louisiana Purchase through background articles. Students synthesize the information by taking an interactive quiz.

Relive 1803, 1804, and 1805–6: Grades 3–8
There are four years covered through the Lewis & Clark journey (1803–1806). Each year covers important events that happened to the Corps of Discovery with links to more information, stories, and images.

The Trail Today: Grades 3–8
Scholastic News brings to life events along the trail today. Student reporters will report on local celebrations of the Lewis and Clark centennial throughout the year.

Specimen Box: Grades K–8
As students follow the Lewis and Clark journey, they will be asked to collect objects and write about them.  Students are prompted to write about each object they find. Students can create an online specimen box or make one offline as an arts and crafts activity.

This online activity is constantly changing with new student reports each month so check back often!

Lesson Goals:

Scholastic's Online Activities are designed to support the teaching of standards-based skills. While participating in the Lewis & Clark project, students become proficient with several of these skills.

1. Use Web technology to access information on the explorations of Lewis and Clark and the Corps of Discovery.
2. Make decisions on what skills, tools, and supplies would be needed to go on a journey like Lewis and Clark’s
3. Participate in active writing activities and peer review
4. Use technology tools to synthesize information and communicate that knowledge
5. Investigate change over time to gain perspective on the successes of the Lewis and Clark journey.
6. Write a first person journal as if they were in the Corps of Discovery.
7. Interpret information from maps through historical and current map comparisons.
8. Develop an understanding of the Native American cultures encountered by Lewis and Clark and how they assisted the Corps of Discovery
9. Identify and analyze dates and the passage of time
10. Demonstrates comprehension through experiential response

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