~ The Year of the Explorers ~

2004-2005 marks the 200th anniversary of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.
Although this journey's place in history is not without controversy,
this year will allow us to take a look at its impact through new eyes.
It will also provide the basis for our exciting classroom theme for this year,
EXPLORERS!

Learn what we'll be doing...
Peirce Prides
An Incentive Program
Shoeless and Bark
An Internet Project
Links to Learning
On the Trail to
Great Explorer
Project Resources
and Games
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Peirce Prides
A Classroom Incentive Program
Our yearly theme is tied into a classroom incentive program in which children earn Peirce Prides (PPs) for demonstrating the following:
Perseverance
Effort
Integrity
Responsibility
Cooperation
Excellence

This year the class will be known as the "Corps of Discovery". Each child has a chart to keep track of their Peirce Prides as they journey along the "trail of discovery". Everyone will begin as a "Recruit". After 20 PPs they will become a "Scout". Another 30 Peirce Prides will earn them the title of "Guide", and an additional 50 PPs will bestow upon them the honor of becoming a "Great Explorer"!

See how we're doing on our journey below.
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On the Trail to Great Explorer
Children will travel along the "trail of discovery" throughout the year, earning titles along the way. It is important to remember that this is NOT a race. It's not about getting there "first", it's about getting there! (See program description for details.)
Scouts
Guides
Great Explorers
Kubi (Jacob)
Caroline
Nora (Eleanor)
Nick (Nicolas)
Eric
Connor
Allyson
Alex (Alexander)
Ilana
Louise
Rikki
Rickey
Johnathan
Molly
Talia
Gabriel
Sohei
Madeline
Nicholas
Sachy
Wes
Nora (Eleanor)
Nick (Nicolas)
Caroline
Eric
Kubi (Jacob)
Rikki
Allyson
Ilana
Louise
Alex (Alexander)
Connor
Madeline
Molly
Rickey
Johnathan
Gabriel
Sohei
Talia
Sachy
Wes
Nicholas
Nora (Eleanor)
Nick (Nicolas)
Caroline
Kubi (Jacob)
Rikki
Allyson
Louise
Eric
Rickey
Madeline
Ilana
Wes
Connor
Gabriel
Molly
Johnathan
Talia
Sachy
Nicholas
Basil
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Shoeless and Bark
An Internet Project
Jennifer Wagner of TechnoSpud.com fame, has created an AMAZING experience with her Shoeless and Bark Internet Project. This project celebrates the bicentennial of the Lewis and Clark Expedition and provides opportunities to make this piece of history very meaningful to children.

Shoeless (a beanie cat) and Bark (a beanie dog) will visit classrooms across the continent for a week. During that week, classes have daily "tasks" to perform, based on those of the Lewis and Clark Corps of Discovery.
OUR WORK
This project challenged us in many wonderful ways!
To learn about some of our work, click on the picture below.

Shoeless and Bark enjoy a relaxing moment
with our Lewis, Sacagawea and Clark bears.
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Project Resources
In this section you will find a number of resources, including lesson plans and games for your students. For background information, see Links to Learning.

Images
These are some images that Jennifer Wagner,
project host, has put together.
I used the journal image to create individual incentive charts
for my students using Drawing in Appleworks.

Sacagawea's Song
A beautiful poem ~ I plan to use it for choral reading

Lewis and Clark at Scholastic
AWESOME ideas here! Join the expedition -
create your own specimen box, be a reporter, and more!
Teachers will find a guide and can sign up for email updates!

Teacher Resources at the IMAX site
Some outstanding resources!
Although they are geared for grades 3-5 and 5-8,
be sure to check out the Teacher Study Guides - fabulous!

The U.S. Mint's New Nickel Page
Look for these two new nickels in your change!
See some great coin games from the U.S. Mint below.

In the Footsteps of Lewis and Clark Species at Risk
from the Sierra Club
Learn about the plants and animals Lewis and Clark encountered,
then compare them to numbers today...thought provoking!

Making a Compass
Compasses played an important role in the Expedition.
Here is an easy way to make them with your students.

Upstart/Highsmith "Discover New Trails"
Fabulous items for promoting reading
with the Lewis and Clark theme

Lewis and Clark
A family shares their experience of
traveling the trail of Lewis and Clark.
Many website links included.


Lesson Plans
Lewis and Clark Curriculum Guide
from The Lewis and Clark Journey of Discovery
Find "just right" grade level lessons - VERY GOOD!

Lewis and Clark
Series of lessons from Edsitement

The Teacher's Guide: Lewis and Clark
Many lessons, many links, many ideas!

Exploring with Lewis and Clark
from Kids' Compass

Exploring Ideas
Lesson plans to accompany Kids' Compass Exploring Page

Lesson Plans K-6 for New Nickels
Although the new nickels are the basis for these lessons,
many important historical concepts are covered. VERY GOOD!

How Does the Corps of Discovery
Apply to Your Curriculum?

Info to give you ideas on integrating
this piece of history across your curriculum.


Games
Great Games for Kids from the U.S. Mint
Check out the Lewis and Clark game,
and don't forget Sacagawea!

Go West Across America with Lewis and Clark
Interactive adventure from National Geographic - wonderful!

Lewis and Clark Expedition: Create Your Own Adventure

The Lewis and Clark Journey of Discovery
Includes profiles of the Corps members, including Seaman the dog
Also, games, quizzes and more!

Lewis and Clark 200 - Kids
Try the Kids of Discovery Interactive Game!

Montana Kids ~ Lewis and Clark
Interactive "Discovery Points" map, plus much more!

In the Wake of Discovery
No games here, but you can view lots of
children's artwork about Lewis and Clark.
Scroll down on the page to see how you can submit yours!

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Links to Learning
Links to Learning is a companion to the Project Resources section. The following are links to sites which will give you background information about Lewis and Clark.

Project Page Links
Jennifer Wagner, project host, has put together some
terrific links. Be sure to check them out!

Discovering Lewis and Clark
An absolutely amazing, "progressive" website -
additions are added monthly

Lewis and Clark 200th Anniversary Site

Background for Teachers and Parents
from Scholastic

Pompeys Pillar
Named by Clark after Sacagawea's son
Clark etched his signature and the date on this rock!

Curriculum Links
Loads of links to Lewis and Clark

Lewis and Clark
More links by categories

Surfing the Net with Kids: Lewis and Clark

Peabody Museum of Harvard University
An on-line Lewis and Clark Exhibit
Focuses on Native American artifacts

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