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Lewis and Clark Expedition: Join the Corps of Discovery to Explore Uncharted Territory (Kaleidoscope Kids Books (Williamson Publishing)) Paperback – 1 Oct 2002

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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Williamson Publishing Co (1 Oct. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1885593732
  • ISBN-13: 978-1885593733
  • Product Dimensions: 26.1 x 24.3 x 0.7 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,179,099 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book focuses on the history of the Lewis and Clark Expedition and also provides some crafts, activities, and open-ended questions for discussion. The text describes the main players in the adventure as well as several of the other members of the company and then follows their journey from St Louis to the Pacific and back. Excerpts from the explorers' journals bring their voices into the story. Printed in two colours, with many cartoons as well as maps, drawings, photographs, and reproductions of period illustrations, the broad pages have an accessible look. Activities include making a model of a keelboat from balsa wood, measuring a zigzag course by dead reckoning, and building a miniature Mandan earth lodge from sticks, clay, and grass. Ages 4 to 6 years.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Join The Lewis & Clark Expedition 4 Mar. 2004
By Rebecca Sprague - Published on
Format: Paperback
The Lewis and Clark Expedition, by Carol Johmann, is a fantastic book filled with first-hand information about two of our U.S. history's famous explorers. Johmann includes excerpts from Lewis & Clark's own journals, as well as from some of their fellow soldiers. This lends a great deal of authenticity to Johmann's book, as well as gives the reader a feel of being right alongside these men as they progress on their journey west.
As a home-schooling mom, I especially find Johmann's kid-friendly style of writing refreshing as well as informative. The inclusion of various age-appropriate crafts throughout the book is a great way to stimulate further interest in the reader, and gives the child an even greater understanding of what these two men and their crew dealt with during their journey.
I highly recommend this book. For the home-schooler, this is an excellent social studies curriculum combining intellect with creativity. For public schools, it's a fantastic way to draw the students in and give them a more thorough understanding of the trials and accomplishments Lewis & Clark underwent. For parents who want to give their child(ren) (or themselves) a more informative and well-rounded experience of Lewis & Clark's exploration for westward expansion as well as to determine if a single water route existed across the continent to better accommodate for trade, this is the book for you!
Ms. Johmann, two thumbs up!
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Children - Go West With Lewis & Clark!, 20 Mar. 2004
By Audrey Christman - Published on
Format: Paperback
What a lot is packed into this brief (112 pages) activity book for children! It's a vivid account of the Lewis & Clark Expedition, rich in adventure, yet also presenting the journey from many political and cultural angles. Activities and lively descriptions bring out not just the physical conditions of the trip, but leadership dilemmas, and moral issues faced along the way.
The book is filled with apt and frequently witty illustrations. Also, numerous intriguing asides about the trip mesh nicely with the main narrative.
Facts are presented; questions are posed. Children are asked to think - and after the mental activity - they'll come away from the book feeling they were there
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
The Thrill of Adventure 22 Feb. 2004
By Nancy Johmann - Published on
Format: Paperback
Build a keelboat, learn how to use a compass, carve a canoe - all of these adventures await you in The Lewis & Clark Expedition! Terrific book which makes the Expedition come alive. The activities and illustrations are excellent and have proven to be winners with children of all ages.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
The basis of our home school unit on Lewis and Clark 29 July 2010
By M. Heiss - Published on
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When it comes to putting kids in the driver's seat for learning, Kaleidoscope Kids books are truly great. It's the activities that do the job. I'm raising only boys, and certainly they are good readers, but they are wild about DOing.

This book has them learning about surveying and dead reckoning, building keelboats and bull boats, creating an earth lodge and a tipi, making a dugout canoe, stitching moccasins from grocery bags, learning the rudiments of Shoshone sign language, and imagining some of the ethical and leadership challenges the L&C expedition faced. **I added some photos from my second-grader's Mandan earthlodge.**

Most of the activities can be done with NO HELP from mom -- very important! An exception would be building the boat, which requires quite a bit of balsa wood to be cut and shaped. But don't miss the opportunity to make the boats -- doing them together makes it even more fun. Older kids get even more from the book than younger ones do -- our family ranges from kindergarten up.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Learning is Fun! 9 Feb. 2004
By Patricia Croteau - Published on
Format: Paperback
I bought Lewis & Clark Expedition because my son will be learning about the journey in sixth grade. We've enjoyed the book so much that we plan to start the activities now and not wait for the coming year. Thanks for making history fun to learn!
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