Button that says Epic Journey and takes you to the main page of the Lewis and Clark web site.
Button that says Scenario and takes you to the Scenario page.
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Button that says The Corps and takes you to The Corps page.
Button that says Activities and takes you to the Activities page.
Button that says Science and takes you to the Science page.
Button that says Geography and takes you to the Geography page.
Button that says History and takes you to the History page.
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  Image that says Activities: History.

Many members of the Corps of Discovery learned to be historians on the expedition. For instance, they kept detailed journals of every aspect of their trip. They made notes of their campsites. They wrote about the Native Americans they met. They described the landscapes they saw.

In the following activity you are a historian. You must follow the Corps' journey westward and home.


Let's Journey Across America with Lewis and Clark


  • 1 black and white U.S. map or 1 color U.S. map per student (these will open in Word). If desired, you can enter data electronically rather than by hand.
  • 1 journal cover per student. If desired, you can enter data electronically rather than by hand.
  • 9 journal pages per student. If desired, you can enter data electronically rather than by hand.
  • Several blank sheets of paper per student.
  • 19 self-stick stars paper-clipped to your map.
  • "Lets Journey Across America With Lewis And Clark" interactive PowerPoint presentation.
  • Red and blue crayons, pencils, markers, or other coloring utensils.
  • Several 3.5-inch floppy disks with the journal cover and journal page templates saved on them (optional).


Image of a man looking at a map.
You'll use a map to learn about Lewis and Clark's journey.

Review the "Lets Journey Across America with Lewis and Clark" interactive PowerPoint presentation. You will use this presentation to complete your journals and maps.

Read the word sections of the PowerPoint slides. In your journal write one or two complete sentences highlighting the important ideas about what you read. Then click on the links and write one or two sentences about the information presented on the outside web sites. Be sure to include the slide number in your journal entries. The slide number is the number by red words or the star number.

As you complete each slide, put a star on the corresponding numbers on your map.

Once you've completed the slides, connect the stars on your map. Use a red line for the journey westward. Use a blue line for the journey eastward.

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