Lewis and Clark

(Georgia and South Carolina Standards listed below)

It was an extraordinary adventure. A small band of men, led by co-captains and guided at times by a teenage Native American woman, traveled over thousands of miles through the heart of a mighty, unknown wilderness on an epic journey that helped forge a nation. They called themselves the Corps of Discovery. Their commanders, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark took them where no American citizen had ever gone before, where they saw wonders few white men would ever behold. It was an arduous, dangerous, and undeniably exciting, and it ranked as one of the great explorations of all time.
This program tracks the progress of the Corps of Discovery on their outbound route to the Pacific Ocean and briefly points out interesting facts about the journey along the way. The hands-on museum that accompanies this program includes Native American artifacts as well as trade items carried for barter with those tribes encountered along the way. Also included are mapping and charting tools and everyday items used by the explorers.


Grade 4:
SS4H3 Explain westward expansion in America.
c. Describe territorial expansion with emphasis on the Louisiana Purchase, the Lewis and Clark expedition, and the acquisitions of Texas (the Alamo and independence), Oregon (Oregon Trail), and California (Gold Rush and the development of mining towns).

South Carolina:

Grade 4 
Standard 4-5: The student will demonstrate an understanding of westward expansion of the United States and its impact on the institution of slavery.

4-5.1 Summarize the major expeditions that played a role in westward expansion including those of Daniel Boone, Lewis and Clark, and Zebulon Pike.

4-5.2 Explain the motivations and methods of migrants and immigrants, who moved West, including economic opportunities, the availability of rich land, and the country’s belief in Manifest Destiny.

4-5.3 Explain the purpose, location, and impact of key United States acquisitions in the first half of the nineteenth century, including the Louisiana Purchase, the Florida Purchase, the Oregon Treaty, the annexation of Texas, and the Mexican Cession.