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The Get InSTEP™ with Lewis and Clark—Exploring the Possibilities online curriculum has many things to offer and can be used in many ways.

This curriculum is a source of information on the Corps of Discovery's expedition. Students are provided with textual facts as well as video clips. These resources provide students with details on many people, places, and things associated with the journey west.

This curriculum is a collection of standards-based hands-on activities. The activities are divided into four broad categories: science, geography, history, and arts. These categories reflect the major topic area of each activity. However, you can modify the cross-curricular activities to fill your needs by emphasizing the subject areas of interest.

This curriculum is a problem-based learning lesson. In the scenario, students are presented with an open-ended problem regarding the need for assistance in creating a display on the Lewis and Clark expedition. The museum is sending them artifacts to examine. The students are instructed to recommend which artifacts as well as other activities and information will work best for this display. Among the roles class members can take on include historian, collection manager, activity director, and researcher.

Students can use the resources and hands-on activities provided in the curriculum as starting points as they collect information to address the problem stated in the scenario. Note that when conducting a problem-based learning lesson, it is often useful for students to keep track of what they know, what they need to know, and how they plan to find the answers. As they review the materials and complete the activities, students can chart the information gathered. This is called a KWL chart.

Last, this curriculum is a simulation. When students complete their research and are ready to make their recommendations regarding the problem described in the scenario, they have the option of presenting their findings to the Center for Educational Technologies®. They do so via videoconference, simulating an actual presentation to a museum representative.

In addition to the online curriculum, the Get InSTEP with Lewis and Clark-Exploring the Possibilities project provides teachers with a hard-copy guide to the curriculum. Teachers are also given the opportunity to schedule a barrel. The barrel contains artifacts and a DVD of video clips related to the Corps of Discovery.

Feel free to use this wealth of materials in the manner that most benefits your classroom.


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