The Get InSTEP with Lewis and ClarkExploring
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
free to use this wealth of materials in the manner that most benefits
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