Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Lewis and Clark Pamphlet

published on: 2/8/2005

Contributing Teacher(s): Carol Haggard

Subject Area: Social Studies/MO History

Grade Range: Upper Elementary (4-5)

Materials Needed:


  • Students will discover information about the importance of the Lewis and Clark expedition and the impact it had on the United States.
  • Students will use a Word document to create and present a pamphlet containing the information.
  • Instructional Strategy: Provide visual tools

    Process Standards:

    • Goal 1.4 use technological tools and other resources to locate, select and organize information
    • Goal 1.8 organize data, information and ideas into useful forms (including charts, graphs, outlines)

    Content Standards:

    • Social Studies 2. Continuity and change in the history of Missouri, the United States and the world
    • Communication Arts 4. Writing formally (such as reports, narratives, essays) and informally (such as outlines, notes)
    • Communication Arts 1. Speaking and writing standard English (including grammar, usage, punctuation, spelling, ...)


      Time Allowance: 5 hours and 30 minutes

      Description: The students will research and record information about the Lewis and Clark Expedition and present this information in the form of a pamphlet.

      Comments: Research time - 2 hoursConstruction of power paragraph - 30 minutesCollection/creation of relevant pictures - 30 minutesCreation of pamphlet - 2 hoursPresentation - 30 minutesTOTAL TIME NEEDED - 5 hours and 30 minutes

      Classroom Component:

      Click here to see the video clip of this lesson.

      Note: The computers and Internet are only needed if you intend to have the students use the Internet as a resource and if you want them to generate the pamphlet via a computer. This lesson can be done without computers by simply having the necessary books, magazines, etc., available for research. The students can create the pamphlet by hand. Steps that a teacher needs to implement this idea:
      1. Obtain necessary materials.
        • Suggested Books:
          • Kids Discover Lewis and Clark (Volume 6, Issue 9, 1996)
          • Missouri, Then and Now (McCandless and Foley, 2001)
          • Mo. Studies Weekly, (Various volumes and issues)
        1. Break the class into partners.
        2. Each pair of students will research and document the significant events of Lewis and Clark's expedition using available resources (see materials list.) The students should have at least nine events with their corresponding dates.
        3. Allow time for students to construct a power paragraph about the importance of the expedition. (This power paragraph will contain a Power 1—An introductory sentence, three Power 2s—three sentences that support the initial Power 1, and another Power 1—a restated Power 1 sentence that concludes the paragraph.)
        4. Instruct the students to create illustrations or find free digital images about Lewis and Clark. If students draw their own pictures, it will be necessary to scan them into the computer so they can be inserted onto the pamphlet.
        5. Show students how to create a two-paged, three-columned word processing document. On page one, the left column will be for the power paragraph, the middle column will be for the list of resources used, and the right column will be the title page. On page two, all three columns will be for the timeline, and the events should be listed chronologically. (Although there are several options in creating a title on this page, it may be easiest to use the title "Timeline: Lewis and Clark Expedition." Have the students type Timeline: in the first column and right justify it. Then have them type Lewis and Clark in the middle column and center it. Third, have them type Expedition in the third column and left justify it. Finally increase the size of the title so that it spans across this page.)
        6. Give students time to type in all necessary information.
        7. Have the students present their pamphlets to the class.

        8. Student Example

          Student Example

          Scoring Guide for Lewis and Clark Pamphlet
          Page One
          Title Page Comments
          Title is appropriate (1 pt) _____
          Pictures are relevant (1 pt) _____
          Names are listed (1 pt) _____
          Resource Page
          Title is appropriate (1 pt) _____
          Resources are listed (1 pt) _____
          Capitalization is correct (1 pt) _____
          Spelling is correct (1 pt) _____
          Power Paragraph
          Title is appropriate (1 pt) _____
          Paragraph is indented (1 pt) _____
          Capitalization is correct (1 pt) _____
          Complete sentences (1 pt) _____
          Spelling is correct (1 pt) _____
          Punctuation is correct (1 pt) _____
          Power 1 at beginning (1 pt) _____
          Relevant power 2s (3 pts) _____
          Power 1 at end (1 pt) _____
          Page Two
          Timeline (spans across all three pages)
          Title is appropriate (1 pt) _____
          9 relevant events (9 pts) _____
          Spelling is correct (3 pts)
          (1 pt per column)
          Capitalization is correct (3 pts)
          (1 pt per column)
          Punctuation is correct (3 pts)
          (1 pt per column)
          One picture per page (3 pts) _____
          GRADE EARNED _____

          For additional information contact :
          Carol Haggard
          Sterling Elem.
          Warrensburg R-VI
          (660) 747-7478

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