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Lewis & Clark in Iowa

This book contains information about the time that the Lewis and Clark expedition spent in Iowa and Nebraska. It discusses key events that occurred as the expedition made its way along the Missouri River, and answers various questions related to the expedition and the people who were involved with it. Lewis and Clark go into detail about their experience establishing the Council Bluffs and White Catfish Camp, describing the surrounding environments, animals, diets, their interactions with local Native Americans and how each impacted their expedition. Content can be used with following standards: 6th grade SS 6.23, SS Geo 9-12.24, and SS-US 9-12.2 by having students analyze text for examples where Lewis, Clark, Floyd or Native Americans shaped the culture and environment of Iowa. Text can also be used to compare Iowa's geography and and to other regions of the world. A PDF version of the book is filed under the Media tab at the top of the page. For any use other than instructional resources, please check with the organization that owns this item regarding copyright restrictions.
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Note from Dr. Chad Timm, Associate Professor at Simpson College: To summarize, I think the Lewis and Clark Chapbook aligns well with the 8th grade and 9-12th grade Iowa social studies standards. It does a fine job incorporating primary source material and is more than comprehensive. An 8th grade social studies teacher could use Lewis and Clark, and this chapbook, to address the following standards: SS.8.18, SS.8.19, and SS.8.21. I did a Lexile analysis of the text and its readability is at the high school level. This means that overall it would be a stretch for 8th graders to read and comprehend it consistently. It's is more appropriate for high school students in terms of reading level. It would align well with the following 9-12 US History standards: SS.9-12.18, SS.9-12.25, and SS.9-12.27. If an elementary social studies teacher were to teach Lewis and Clark, it would occur in the 3rd grade because the state standards emphasize immigration and migration in 3rd grade. While the chapbook would be wonderful for a teacher to use as a resource, the reading level of the book exceeds what you could expect a 3rd grader to read and comprehend.
Credit Line
Humanities Iowa - Iowa City, Iowa
Early & Late Date
2010 to 2015
Resources & Additional Info
The White Catfish camp that Lewis and Clark established in 1804 resided in the county now known as Monona. A state park dedicated to Lewis and Clark now marks the location in the town of Onawa. The Council Bluffs camp located fifteen miles south of Council Bluffs, IA is located in the Pottawattamie county. The site was given its name after the place where Lewis and Clark held their first council with the Otoe and Missouri Native Americans. The only member of the expedition to die during the journey, Charles Floyd, is currently buried within the city limits of Sioux City, IA. The Sergeant Floyd Monument now marks the cite. Floyd County, IA and the Floyd River near Sioux City are also named after Floyd.