Students watch a video about the hazards experienced by early explorers, and hear a story about Lewis and Clark’s encounter with a grizzly bear. They then answer questions related to these hazards.
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.3
4.1: Identify and use various sources of information (e.g., artifacts, diaries, photographs, charts, biographies, paintings, architecture, songs) to develop an understanding of the past.
4.4: Identify and describe famous people, important democratic values (e.g., democracy, freedom, justice) symbols (e.g., Montana and US flags, state flower) and holidays, in the history of Montana, American Indian tribes, and the United States.
Helena District 4.1: Identify and use various sources to develop an understanding of the history of Montana (including the Montana Constitution)
Helena District 4.3: Use a variety of literature to connect figures in Montana history to a historical event.
- Video: Moments in Time: Return of the Grizzly
- An interactive whiteboard, projector, or another type of screen to show videos to the class
- Class set of Encounters with a Grizzly handout
Tell students that they will be watching a video that depicts a journal entry of Lewis and Clark from July 1806 that describes their encounter with a grizzly bear. Today, people hiking in Montana are warned of grizzly bear sightings, and hiking is prohibited when a grizzly is known to be active in the area. People wear noise-making items to avoid startling a bear while on a trail.
Distribute the Encounters with a Grizzly handout to students. Instruct students to take notes on the hazards faced by early explorers as they watch the video.
Play the video, Moments in Time: Return of the Grizzly. [1:06]
Have students answer the questions on the handout.
Climbed a tree [0:44]