Curriculum/Support Material

Curriculum/Support Material

Lewis and Clark Curriculum Guide
National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior

A very rich composite of Lewis and Clark curriculum, activities, and events containing material appropriate for U.S., state, and St. Louis community study.

Lewis & Clark: The National Bicentennial Exhibition Curriculum
Missouri Historical Society, St. Louis

Curriculum material to complement Lewis & Clark: The National Bicentennial Exhibition is available on the Web. Nine units of instruction consisting of from three to five lessons plans, images of many of the artifacts in the national exhibition, material to support teachers use of primary source material and links to the Missouri education standards are now just a couple of clicks away from Missouri educators. All the units take a cross cultural  perspective of the expedition and rely on the use of primary source material. Materials are supportive of the  Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's focus on standards based curriculum. The units are designed for grades four through 12.

Lewis and Clark Expedition: Louisiana Purchase and Exploring the West
eMINTS National Center – University of Missouri

Learn about the Lewis and Clark led Corps of Discovery and their journey that began in Missouri. See the Louisiana Purchase and other documents from that time. Includes an eMINTS WebQuest on Lewis and Clark, as well as a video from the Finding Missouri: Our History and Heritage series.

Lewis and Clark Expedition: Sacagawea
eMINTS National Center - University of Missouri

Informational sites on Sacagawea and Native American tribes: Flathead, Shoshone, Mandan, and Blackfeet. Includes a WebQuest on Lewis and Clark and Sacagawea.

Lewis and Clark Circuit Court Records
Missouri Office of Secretary of State

Scanned documents and transcriptions of approximately 80 St. Louis Circuit Court case files from 1809-1839 in which Meriwether Lewis, William Clark or other members of the Corps of Discovery are defendants, plaintiffs, or play a prominent role. These cases, previously unknown to history, reveal much about the lives of Lewis and Clark and their comrades.

The Louisiana Expansion
Center for Entrepreneurship and Economic Education
University of Missouri, St. Louis

In 2004, the United States celebrated the 200th anniversary of what some historians describe as one of the most significant events in U.S. history, the purchase and exploration of the Louisiana Purchase. The Louisiana Purchase is an interdisciplinary unit that will help bring this historical event to life for fourth- and fifth-graders. The lessons in the unit offer a variety of teaching strategies and activities that address social studies content and skills, communication arts skills, and process skills required by the Missouri Show-Me Standards.

Mapping Lewis & Clark in Missouri Curriculum

To support and celebrate the Lewis & Clark Bicentennial in Missouri, the Missouri State Archives, a division of the Secretary of State's Office, collaborated with the Missouri Research and Education Network (MOREnet) and its eMINTS program (Enhancing Missouri's Instructional Networked Teaching Strategies) to create curriculum units in support of the "Lewis and Clark Historic Landscape Project."

The Secretary of State's office commissioned the Historic Landscape Project, which was conducted by the Geographic Resources Center at the University of Missouri.

Using the Historic Landscape Project, MOREnet and eMINTS have developed three grade-specific units geared toward Show-Me and MAP Preformance standards for elementary, middle and high school students. The resulting lessons, grounded in geography, are meant to create in students an appreciation for the spirit of discovery as evidenced in the compelling drama of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.

Finding Missouri: Our History and Heritage

This site, produced by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, contains an online video series. Each of the 19 videos available to view here are accompanied by resource materials to assist educators and students. Videos include “Gateway West,” “Coming to Missouri,” “Coming Through,” and many others related to the rich history of Missouri. Teachers may find this page especially useful because students can view these videos at their own pace.

Lewis and Clark as Naturalists
Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History

This site includes an interactive map, an abundance of specimens from the National Museum of Natural History collections, field images of the plants and animals that the explorers encountered during their expedition, journal entries describing the various species, links to some of the actual specimens at the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia, and a number of lesson activities spanning grades three to 12.

Missouri Heritage Project - Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

This website contains links to websites that explore the journey of Lewis and Clark.

Gateway West - Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

This website includes a streaming video from the Finding Missouri: Our History & Heritage series; links to online lesson plans; a photo gallery, etc.

Lewis and Clark Native American Journey - SuccessLink

SuccessLink has gained widespread popularity by providing K-12 lesson plans on a variety of subjects to Missouri educators. Now Lewis and Clark is listed as its own subject heading in the Lesson Plan Search Engine, which can be found under the "Lesson / Units" link on the homepage. This site is easy to navigate, and provides a great deal of valuable information, making it easier for Missouri educators to incorporate Lewis and Clark into their curriculum. For more information, contact

Lewis and Clark: Seaman

eMINTS National Center - University of Missouri

Learn about the dog that accompanied Lewis and Clark on their expedition. Find out when Seaman is mentioned in the journals that the explorers kept. Read more about the Newfoundland breed of dog. There is also a coloring page and a website where students can email Seaman with questions about the expedition. Includes a link to an eThemes resource on the Lewis Expedition and an eThemes resource on dogs.

Lewis and Clark: York

eMINTS National Center – University of Missouri

These sites contain information on York, William Clark's slave on the Corps of Discovery. York was the first African American to cross what is now the United States from coast to coast. Includes several journal entries which refer to York during the expedition. There is information about a future statue to honor York in Louisville. An eThemes Resource on the Lewis and Clark Expedition is linked.

Discovery Expedition of St. Charles

The Lewis and Clark Discovery Expedition of St. Charles is dedicated to bringing the study of Lewis and Clark alive through river-based re-enactments in replica boats. Visit this site for a schedule of events and contact information.