The first topic in Westward Expansion is the Lewis and Clark Expedition, or the Corps of Discovery. Here are the books I have found for the boys to read, and a few comments about them.
Of Courage Undaunted by James Daugherty is a classic. The Captain's Dog by Roland Smith is an interesting selection I have not read, told through the eyes of Clark's dog, Seaman. Seaman's Journal by Patti Eubank has the same premise only it is a short picture book. How We Crossed the West by Rosalyn Schanzer is done in the style of a D'Aulaire or a Holling, so I chose it for a read aloud. I have several books in the In Their Own Words series, which intersperses primary source journal entries in with the rest of the non-fiction text.
Below I put three "spines" that I found very helpful. Lewis and Clark for Kids is one in a series of books that chronicles topics and has a dozen or more activities to enrich them. The other two books are both what I call "timeline books," meaning the table of contents gives a timeline of events and each short chapter details those event. These and others in the two series will be very helpful this year.
Addendum...I forgot to list some of the web resources I found!
- The digitalized archive of the actual Lewis and Clark journals from the U of Nebraska
- Discovering Lewis and Clark
- PBS lesson plans
- Mapping the West
- The Story of Pomp ebook
- National Geographic Lewis and Clark
- Lewis and Clark Trail (a neat tourism site, click on sidebar topics to see books and info)
- National Archives
- Teaching with Historic Places Lesson Plans
- Nickel Lesson Plans (from the National Mint for the commemorative nickels)
- Louisiana Purchase trivia game
- Go West online game from National Geographics Kids
- The Lewis and Clark Adventure from the US Mint