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Lewis and Clark Expedition – A Poster Project

I love teaching the history of our country.  It never seems to grow old for me.  I especially love talking about the westward expansion of the United States, including the Lewis and Clark Expedition. It is an amazing story of two men, their teenaged guide, Sacagawea,  her delivery of a newborn son, unexpected reunion with her long-lost brother, discovery of abundant wild plants and animals, navigation of treacherous rivers, and thousands of miles of thrills and hardships.  It reads like a novel, and yet, it all really happened!

At the end of this unit, I ask my students to create a poster to demonstrate the things they learned and found interesting.  They are provided with a scoring rubric to know what is expected in order to earn a high grade on the project.  I am sharing the FREE Rubric with you HERE.  You could use this rubric for almost any history-related poster project you assign.

Students had to include:

  • A colorful title
  • 5 facts about the journey
  • 5 illustrations
  • A timeline with at least 4 major events
The posters, of course, had to be neat, grammatically correct, and creative.  Overall, my students rose to the challenge!  I love the way these projects turned out:

I love these kinds of projects because students are able to demonstrate their learning and mastery of topics in a creative, fun way. They also enjoy sharing their posters with the rest of the class and seeing them displayed in the classroom when they are finished.  When we were done I was confident that my students had a good understanding of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.

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I'm Shelly Rees of Appletastic Learning. First and foremost, I'm a mom of 4 boys, wife of 25 years to Aric, and Wyoming girl at heart. I love being creative, making resources for teachers, baking cookies, Diet Coke, teaching, public speaking, and spreading kindness wherever I can. After teaching in the upper elementary grades for over 23 years, I retired early and focused on creating and helping teachers around the world with my teaching ideas and resources. I also serve as a mentor to hundreds of teacherpreneurs and help them get focused on growing their own successful businesses. With 100% honesty, I LOVE my life! Thanks for visiting! I hope you'll stay awhile and come back often. Read More

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