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How to Go Beyond the Outdated Textbook to Teach the Lewis and Clark Expedition

How to Go Beyond the Outdated Textbook to Teach the Lewis and Clark Expedition

As educators, we strive to provide our students with rich, diverse, and engaging learning experiences that go beyond the confines of traditional textbooks. The Lewis and Clark Expedition is a pivotal event in American history, but the story often lacks depth due to the narrow perspectives often presented in outdated textbooks. I've designed a new virtual field trip that focuses on the Lewis and Clark Expedition which offers a comprehensive and inclusive exploration of this historic journey while saving teachers valuable time. Let's embark on a journey through time and technology to discover how this virtual experience transforms the way we teach history.

A Journey of Many Perspectives

Unlike traditional resources that may center primarily on the perspectives of Lewis and Clark, this virtual experience brings to light the stories and viewpoints of various individuals who played crucial roles in the expedition. Students will gain insights into the lives of Native American tribes, interpreters, York, the African American member of the expedition, and more. By encompassing a broader range of voices, this virtual field trip paints a more accurate and holistic picture of the expedition's impact on diverse communities.

Lewis and Clark Expedition from Multiple Perspectives

Breaking Down Barriers with Inclusivity

Education should be accessible to all students, regardless of their backgrounds or abilities. This virtual field trip takes a step forward in inclusivity. Students who may struggle with reading comprehension or language barriers can engage with history through interactive maps, engaging visuals, video clips, and immersive experiences provided by Google Earth Exploration. Virtual field trips provide a more inclusive learning environment that caters to a wide range of learning styles and abilities.

Lewis and Clark Virtual Field Trip with Google Earth Links

Time-Saving Advantages for Educators

Preparing lessons and sourcing materials can be time-consuming for teachers. This virtual field trip saves teachers time by providing a ready-to-use resource that eliminates the need for extensive research and planning. With just a few clicks, this resource can be integrated into the curriculum, freeing up valuable time to focus on teaching and engaging with students. Plus, the interactive nature of the virtual trip keeps students captivated and eager to learn.

Lewis and Clark Expedition Learning Activity with Informational Text and Built in Links

Embracing Modern Technology

This virtual field trip leverages the power of modern technology to create an engaging and immersive learning experience. Through Google Earth Exploration, students can virtually traverse the landscapes explored by Lewis and Clark, gaining a deeper understanding of the challenges they faced. This innovative approach not only captivates students' attention but also helps them connect with historical events on a personal level.

This virtual field trip includes response questions throughout that focus on historical thinking skills. All of the questions are editable so that they can be tailored to the needs of each individual student or classroom.

Ready to embark on this educational journey?

You can find the Lewis and Clark Expedition Virtual Field Trip and all of my U.S. History-focused trips within my TPT shop.


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