From Unit Plan: Lewis and Clark 

 

Books

Grades K–3

Lewis and Clark and Me: A Dog's Tale by Laurie Myers
Told from the perspective of Meriwether Lewis's dog, Seaman, this story is based on Lewis and Clark's journals and includes historical information.

Sacagawea by Kitson Jazynka
This title from National Geographic Kids tells the story of Sacagawea and her role in the Lewis and Clark expedition.

The Lewis and Clark Expedition by John Perritano
This title from A True Book series follows Lewis and Clark along their journey westward and recounts their personal experiences.

Animals on the Trail With Lewis and Clark by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent
Discover the many animals Lewis and Clark's expedition encountered with this book of wildlife photographs by William Muñoz.

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Grades 4–8

Lewis and Clark: In Their Own Words by George Sullivan
Perfect for reading and reports, this series documents important historical figures using their own journals, art, and other primary sources. Every volume uses black and white photographs and historic prints to tell the story of an important figure in American history. A chronology, bibliography, materials for further reading, and an index are also included to encourage students to research the people and events in more depth.

Blazing West: The Journal of Augustus Pelletier: The Lewis & Clark Expedition, 1804 by Kathryn Lasky
Scrawny Augustus doesn't know why they take him, but when Lewis discovers Augustus is literate, he asks him to log their discoveries. Through Augustus' account of the journey and his emerging friendship with guide Sacagawea, your child will learn about Lewis and Clark's incredible contributions.

Sacajawea by Joseph Bruchac
This captivating novel is told in alternating points of view by Sacajawea and by explorer William Clark. A unique blend of history and humanity provides an intimate glimpse into Sacajawea's legendary journey at age sixteen. Married and a mother, she has been taken from her Shoshone people and has been asked to join Lewis and Clark in their expedition to explore the land from the Mississippi to the Pacific Ocean. As a translator, peacemaker, caretaker, and guide, young Sacajawea alone will make the historic journey of Lewis and Clark possible. "Lifelike and compelling." —Publishers Weekly.

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Online Resources

Stimulate Background Knowledge with these related links:

Rivers, Edens, Empires: Lewis and Clark and the Revealing of America
This Library of Congress site has a variety of images from the letter President Thomas Jefferson sent to Meriwether Lewis in 1803 to maps drawn by Lewis and Clark.

Go West Across America With Lewis and Clark
This fun site is focused on the student user. As a game, the user is asked to make decisions along the trail while reading excerpts from journals and fun, interesting facts about the journey.

Lewis and Clark as Naturalists
Created by the Smithsonian National Museum on Natural History, this interactive map allows users to relate the geography with the plants and animals encountered along the trail.

The Peabody Museum's Lewis and Clark Collection
The Peabody Museum presents this website that explores Native American objects collected by the Corps of Discovery and sent back to President Jefferson.

PBS Online: Lewis and Clark
As an accompaniment website to their documentary, this PBS site has rich content on the members of the Corps of Discovery and the Native American tribes encountered on the journey, classroom resources, and more.

The Jefferson Monticello: The Lewis and Clark Expedition
President Jefferson's home, now a museum, presents Jefferson's interests and influences in the journey to the Pacific.