New York State Archives, NYSA_A3045-78_A9239
A map of Louis and Clark's expedition to Oregon and their return, c. 1806-1809.
Why did Lewis and Clark make their expedition?
Who went with them?
How many states did they pass through on their expedition? How many of the states were official states at the time Lewis and Clark made their journey?
About how far did they travel?
What do you think was the most important result of their expedition?
The map shows one route for Meriwether Lewis’s return journey and a different route for William Clark’s return journey. Why did they return by different paths?
Math: Trace Lewis and Clark’s route on the map. About how many miles did they travel round-trip? How many days did their journey last? Approximately how many miles per day did they average? If you were to drive 55 miles per hour for eight hours a day, how many days would it take you to drive the same distance? How many miles per day would you travel?
Science: Choose five plants or animals that Lewis and Clark discovered on their journey. Make a booklet including one page for each discovery. For each discovery, draw a picture of the plant or animal, write its common and Latin names, describe the location and climate where it is found, and include any interesting facts about the species.
Science: What major landforms and bodies of water did Lewis & Clark follow or cross?
English Language Arts: Read a journal entry from Lewis, Clark, or one of the men traveling with them. How would you change the spelling and punctuation in the journal entry? Pretend you are on the expedition with Lewis and Clark. Chose one week from the expedition that you find interesting and write your own journal entries describing what you see and experience during that week.
English Language Arts: Pretend you are one of the Native Americans who met Lewis and Clark on their journey. Write a short story describing your encounter with Lewis and Clark.
Adler, David. Picture Book of Lewis and Clark. Holiday House, Inc., May 2003. ISBN: 0823417956
Randsom, Candice. Lewis and Clark (History Maker Bios Series). July 2002. ISBN: 0760733902
Myers, Laurie. Lewis and Clark and Me: A Dog's Tale. Henry Holt & Company, Incorporated, August 2002. ISBN: 0805063684