Students watch a video on “water communication.” They learn how Lewis and Clark’s expedition findings led to movement to the West, and the increasing need for new transportation. Students answer questions about water and transportation.
This lesson is part of "Great States: Montana | Unit 4: Early Exploration" which focuses on the factors that drew people to explore Montana, and how these early visitors impacted American Indians.
2.7: Explore the role of technology in communications, transportation, information processing, or other areas as it contributes to or helps resolve problems.
4.5: Identify and illustrate how technologies have impacted the course of history (e.g., energy, transportation, communications).
- Video: Rivers, Roads, Rails and Air | Water Communication
- An interactive whiteboard, projector, or another type of screen to show videos to the class
- Class set of the Water Communication handout
- Tell students they will be watching a video that explains how rivers already provided an avenue for the movement of goods and people in 1803 when Lewis and Clark traveled up the Missouri River to look for a waterway to the West. Explain that President Thomas Jefferson tasked Lewis and Clark to look for waterways in the West as part of the Corps of Discovery. After the expedition passed through, the Missouri River continued to play an important role in industry and human settlement.
- Distribute the Water Communication handout to students. Instruct students to take notes on how Lewis and Clark’s expedition led to new transportation demands.
- Play the video, Rivers, Roads, Rails and Air | Water Communication. [3:46]
- Have students answer the questions on the handout.
To find a river route to the Pacific Ocean for the main purpose of commerce [0:50]
Railroads or trains [3:05]
Transporting goods and people became more and more efficient [2:20–end]