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Lewis and Clark Expedition Worksheet - Graphic Organizer

Teach Starter Publishing
Google Slide, PDF | 1 page | Grades: 3 - 5

Summarize a unit of study on the Lewis and Clark expedition with a who, what, where, when, and why graphic organizer.

Summarize the Lewis and Clark Expedition Graphic Organizer

The Lewis and Clark expedition was a military expedition led by Captain Meriwether Lewis and Lieutenant William Clark to explore the Louisiana Purchase and the Pacific Northwest. The expedition was a significant chapter in the history of American exploration.

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This resource is designed to be used as a summarizing activity for a study on the Lewis and Clark expedition and the westward expansion of the United States. Students will complete a series of summarizing questions to review the important ideas related to the the journey of the Corps of Discovery.

Questions included are:

  • Who all made the journey on the Lewis and Clark expedition?
  • What was the goal of the Lewis and Clark expedition?
  • Why did Lewis and Clark need to explore the American west?
  • Where did the Lewis and Clark expedition begin and end?
  • When did Lewis and Clark explore the American west?
  • How did the Lewis and Clark expedition change the United States?

Through this activity, students will summarize their knowledge of the Lewis and Clark expedition.

Tips for Differentiation + Scaffolding 

A team of dedicated, experienced educators created this resource to support your American History lessons. 

If you have a mixture of above and below-level learners, check out these suggestions for keeping students on track with the concepts: 

🆘 Support Struggling Students

Help students who need help understanding the concepts by 

  • Completing the organizer as a whole class on the board, while students copy the shared responses.
  • Provide read-aloud accommodations or allow for partner work.
  • Provide students with trade books or short articles about the expedition for reference during the activity.

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