Students watch a video about Lewis and Clark’s journey through North Dakota as the captains of the Corps of Discovery. Students retrace the steps of Lewis and Clark through identifying the skills needed for a successful journey.
This lesson is part of "Great States: North Dakota | Unit 4: Early Exploration" - an examination of the factors that drew people to explore North Dakota and how these early visitors impacted American Indians.
4.2.8: Explain the significance of the Lewis and Clark expeditions (e.g., Corps of Discovery) in North Dakota history
- Video: Lewis and Clark's North Dakota: Retracing Lewis and Clark's Steps
- An interactive whiteboard, projector, or other screen to show videos to class
- Class set of the Corps of Discovery’s Journey through North Dakota handout
- Tell students that they will be watching a short video about Lewis and Clark’s experiences while traveling through North Dakota as part of the Corps of Discovery.
- Provide students with the Corps of Discovery’s Journey through North Dakota handout. Remind students that they should take notes of skills Lewis and Clark used to make their journey successful.
- Play the video, Lewis and Clark's North Dakota: Retracing Lewis and Clark's Steps [2:40].
- Have students answer the questions on the handout.
- The goal of the mission was to explore President Thomas Jefferson’s new purchase: the Louisiana Territory. [0:35]
- The following are examples of skills needed to be successful:
- horseback riding
- preparing food (skinning animals, gutting fish)
- negotiating and trading with American Indians
- repairing equipment
- Answers will vary.