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The Lewis and Clark Expedition - KWL-Anticipation Guide

Teach Starter Publishing
PDF | 1 page | Grades: 3 - 6

Introduce a unit of study on the Lewis and Clark expedition with a KWL chart and anticipation guide.

What Was the Lewis and Clark Expedition? American History Anticipation Guide

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 an introduction to a study of the Lewis and Clark expedition and the westward expansion of the United States. Students will complete a KWL chart and an anticipation guide before beginning lessons on the topic. This can be used in an In-Class activity or for students to complete on their own time.

Through this activity, students will show their prior knowledge and set achievable objectives to meet by the end of the unit of study.

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 KWL chart as a whole class on the board, while students copy the shared responses.
  • Provide read-aloud accommodations or allow for partner work.

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