When Thomas Jefferson dispatched Lewis and Clark to find a water route across North America and explore the uncharted West, he expected they'd encounter woolly mammoths, erupting volcanoes, and a mountain of pure salt. What they found was no less surprising. (Source: National Geographic website)
5th graders are invited to join the “Voyage of Discovery” as we retrace the steps of the Lewis & Clark expedition. Beginning in May of 1804, this courageous band of explorers set course for the west coast of the continent. A year and a half later, they reached their destination, the Pacific Ocean. Travel with us as we seek to understand the purposes of this remarkable undertaking and recount the many fantastic adventures and significant accomplishments that they had along the way.
We will move along their historical route and will pause at selected points to become acquainted with some of the tribal groups that they encountered. We will also come to appreciate the different geographic regions that stood in the path of their progress. And finally, we will consider many of the fascinating scientific discoveries with which they are credited. For the purposes of their expedition, they acquired and used skills in the areas of botany, ornithology, zoology, astronomy, geology and more.
The Voyage of Discovery was an epic adventure that will challenge the skills and stretch the imagination of all students who dare to retrace its journey. This educational journey begins in September and continues in October, November, January, February and March.
Naturalists at Work: Sketches from the Tuesday T3 class
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