Explore an interactive map about the Corps of Discovery. Students listen to background information about Lewis and Clark’s time in Oregon. Students complete a map activity reinforcing their learning.
This lesson is part of "Great States: Unit 4: Early Explorers & Fur Trade." In this unit, students will explore how exploration and the fur trade impacted the Native Peoples and set the region on a path toward statehood.
4.2: Explain how key individuals and events influenced the early growth and changes in Oregon.
4.8: Use geographical tools (e.g., maps, GIS, Google Earth) to identify absolute and relative location and physical characteristics of places in Oregon.
Southern Oregon SS.05.GE.01.01: Know and use basic map elements to answer geographic questions or display geographic information.
- Interactive: Explorers: Lewis and Clark | Google Earth Voyager Stories
- An interactive whiteboard, projector, or another type of screen to show the interactive to the class
- Class set of Lewis and Clark in Oregon handout
- Distribute the Lewis and Clark in Oregon handout, which shows Lewis and Clark’s journey through Oregon on page 2. Explain to students that they will refer to the map throughout this activity.
- Launch the Explorers: Lewis and Clark | Google Earth Voyager Stories and navigate through the story with your students. Some slides have pictures, while others have video clips about their entire journey. If students so choose, they can take notes on the map as you navigate through the story.
- The background section of the handout further details their expedition while in Oregon. Have students take turns reading paragraphs aloud to the class. Have students underline or circle dates, places, and facts.
- Then ask the following questions as a classroom discussion:
- What did Lewis and Clark do on their trek?
- What transportation were Lewis and Clark using before they entered Oregon?
- What transportation did the Nez Perce provide Lewis and Clark?
- When did Lewis and Clark know it was time to return to Missouri?
- Give students five minutes to answer the handout questions.
- Establish territories, map the land and resources, and learn about the Native Peoples.
- In the springtime, after they spent the winter by the Pacific Ocean.
- Nine months
For more on information and activities on Lewis and Clark, click here: Meriwether Lewis and William Clark | Explorers and Soldiers