A Whole New World
This TopicQuest was designed for Mrs. Steinberg's Fifth Grade Resource Room at West Gordon Elementary School
By Ashley Pless, a Valdosta State University Preservice Teacher

Lewis, Clark, and Sacagawea

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a great explorer and exploring territory that has never been seen before?  Today, we are going to meet some people who actually did that.  Then, we will pretend that we are those explorers and write about how we may feel exploring the Great Unknown!

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Want to learn all about Lewis and Clark's expedition?  Read about it here at Social Studies for Kids, the Lewis and Clark Expedition!
How much do you know about Sacagawea?  Want to find out more?  Visit The Mystery of Sacagawea to find out!
The Great Unknown Map
Want to explore the great unkown with Lewis and Clark?  Visit Go West Across America with Lewis and Clark to see what choices you might have to make if you were a great explorer!
Lewis and Clark with map
If you are interested in finding out everything there is to know about Lewis and Clark's trail, visit Lewis and Clark, 101.  It will give you the 411 on how the expedition got started!
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If you are interested in learing more about Sacagawea and her baby, visit Montana Kids.com, Lewis and Clark to get the whole story with awesome illustrations!
lewis' profile
To get the personal profiles of Lewis, Clark, Sacagawea, and other characters from the expedition, visit the Lewis and Clark Journal of Discovery.  They will personally tell you about their life, and how they were a part of this great exploration!

Mission Activity
Stop, close your eyes, and think about what it would be like to be an explorer, such as Lewis or Clark.  Imagine how you would feel having to explore unknown lands as they did.  What feelings would you experience?  What obstacles would you encounter?  How would you feel having to survive off of the land?  To remember how Lewis and Clark survived their expedition, let's revisit one of our TopicQuest sites, Social Studies for Kids, the Lewis and Clark Expedition.

After you have a good understanding about the how it would be to live as Lewis and Clark, let's now think about how it might have felt to be Sacagawea, being kidnapped, and then sold!  How do you think you would feel?  How woudl you feel if you had to be the guide and interpreter for all who were on the exploration.  To remind ourselves about how Sacagawea may have felt during this time, let's visit
visit Montana Kids.com, Lewis and Clark.

Now that we have thought about our feelings, we're going to write a simulated journal entry about how we would feel and handle situations if we were actually either Lewis, Clark, or Sacagawea.  Take time to brainstorm ideas, then begin writing in your journal.  Be sure to write exactly how you would feel during that time.

Mission Steps
1. Imagine how you would feel if you were a great explorer or if you were the interpreter for that exploration.
2.  Get ideas about Lewis and Clark from
Social Studies for Kids, the Lewis and Clark Expedition.
3.  Get ideas about Sacagawea from Montana Kids. com, Lewis and Clark.
4.  Brainstorm ideas about one of these characters, what feelings you would have; how you would act if you were one of them.
5.  Write a simulated journal entry about your how you would feel.
6.  Turn in your journal to the teacher.  Be able to talk about why you would feel the way you did, and be prepared to share with the class.
7.  After the presentations, I will collect your entries, and post them on my website, so everyone can read what great explorers you all are!

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