On February 28, 1803, President Thomas Jefferson got approval by the Congress for an expedition to explore the uncharted lands of the west. Meriweather Lewis, William Clark, and 31 other people began the journey which would take several years. Originally given $2500, the final cost for this trip came to $38,000. Starting out on May 14, 1804, from St. Louis, Missouri, the crew left with a keelboat and two dugouts on the Missouri River and reached the Pacific Ocean in 1805.
- Work your way through this WebQuest to find out more about Lewis and Clark's Epedition.
- Make sure you read the websites that you are taken to and learn as much about the expidition as possible.
- Complete the Lewis & Clark WebQuest Answer Sheet as you work your way through the WebQuest.
- I expect well thought-out answers to the WebQuest questions.
- Make sure that you go through these webpages in order.
WebQuest Steps & Links
1. Once Lewis and Clark got the go ahead from President Jefferson, they had to make many preparations for their trip, including food, clothing, scientific equipment, weapons, etc. Click on the following link to read and learn more about their preparations. After you have read through the webpage, answer the questions that are located on your "Lewis & Clark Answer Sheet."
To Equip an Expedition
2. Now it is time to prepare for your journey. Read through "The Journey Begins" to find out how it all got started, take a quiz on "What to Pack", and learn more about who you are traveling with in "Meet the Team".
The Journey Begins
3. Click on the following link and navigate through the different links located on the website in order to find out the details of where Lewis and Clark went throughout the Louisiana Purchase. Then answer the questions on your answer sheet.
From the Plains to the Pacific
4. Read the article from the Associated Press and answer the questions on your answer sheet.
5. Learn about Sacagawea contribution to the expedition.
6. Along the way, Lewis and Clark came upon many new plants and animals that they have never seen or heard of before. The following link will give you information on some of the animals that they were most interested in. Read through the information for each animal and then answer the questions on your answer sheet.
Lewis and Clark Animal Discoveries
7. Part of their job was to bring information back to President Jefferson about the plants in the West. Read through some of the plants that they found on their expedition and the stories that go along with them. Then answer the question on your answer sheets.
Lewis as a Botanist
8. Lewis kept a detailed journal from his expedition. Read the February 2, 1806 excerpt from Lewis' journal and answer the questions on your answer sheet.
9. Watch the video in its entirety, and then answer the questions located on your answer sheet.
Kids Know It
10. Travel Into the Unknown with Lewis and Clark, it is going to be a dangerous journey... choose wisely!
Into the Unknown
CONGRATULATIONS!!!! You have finished your WEBQUEST!
War of 1812 Webquest
United States History and Government
|Directions: Click on each of the links, marked with red arrows, and answer the questions on the sheet provided.
Definition of Embargo: When a government stops trade between different countries.
- Who did the Embargo Act hurt the most? What did Americans end up doing?
- How was the Non-intercourse act different from the Embargo Act?
The Unfinished Revolution
- What did the American leaders in 1812 believe when they declared war on Great Britain?
- What did Americans along the western frontier believe the British were doing?
- What is impressment?
- What were three outcomes of the War of 1812
- Based on this image, what was the general attitude of Americans toward the impressments of sailors?
Star Spangled Banner Story
Look at the right side of the webpage under “Hosted Reference Links”
Click on “War of 1812 – A Scene on the Frontiers”
- What do you see happening in the image? Who is the man on the left? Who are the men with feathers on their heads? Who is the man on the ground?
Close out of the image, then go back to “Hosted Reference Links” and click on “War of 1812 – Attack on Washington D.C.”
- What does this image say happened to Washington D.C. during the War of 1812?
- Where did the United States nickname “Uncle Sam” come from?
- Who was the famous political cartoonist who made Uncle Sam popular?
- Where is Samuel Wilson buried?
The Battle of Tippecanoe
During the War of 1812, Native Americans had to decide if they would support the Americans or the British. American settlers were constantly moving their homes onto Native land, so the Native Americans generally supported the British, since they lived across the ocean and would not be a direct threat to Native land.
- What did Tecumseh believe?
- Why did William Henry Harrison send troops to Prophetstown?
- How did the Prophet convince the rest of the natives to attack the American forces?
The Battle of New Orleans
The Battle of New Orleans was fought after the Treaty of Ghent (the peace treaty with Great Britain that ended the War of 1812) was already signed. (Communication was much slower in the 1800s…the first telephone was not invented until 1876!) The man standing at the top of the hill is Andrew Jackson (a future president of the United States).
- Based on this image, how would you describe Andrew Jackson? Please list 3 different words to describe Andrew Jackson.
Andrew Jackson Web Quest
Does Andrew Jackson Deserve to be on the $20 Bill?
Andrew Jackson Webquest
- Why didn’t Andrew Jackson ever know his father?
- How old was Andrew Jackson when he joined the army?
- By age fourteen, what had Andrew Jackson become?
- List the offices Andrew Jackson held in Tennessee.
- The state’s first ___________
- Judge on the Tennessee _______ _______
- Major General of the ________ ________
- What event caused Andrew Jackson to become a national hero?
- What happened to Jackson in the Election of 1824?
- As president, who did Andrew Jackson try to represent?
- Did Andrew Jackson own slaves?
- In what way did Andrew Jackson assume command (unlike previous presidents)?
- During what years was Andrew Jackson president?
- What was Jackson’s political party?
- What do you think it means that Jackson was “the first self-made man to reach the White House”?
- What was the Indian Removal Act?
- What was the Trail of Tears?
- Who was Nicholas Biddle?
- How did President Jackson feel about the Second Bank of the U.S.?
- What did Jackson do to the Second Bank of the U.S. and how did he do it?
- Who was Jackson’s Vice President?
- During Jackson’s presidency, South Carolina threatened to nullify a federal law. They refused to pay it. How did Jackson respond to the crisis?
- What was the outcome of the tariff crisis in South Carolina?
- How did President Jackson use his veto power? Be specific in your answer.
Does Andrew Jackson Deserve to be on the $20 Bill?
Based on what you learned today, does President Andrew Jackson deserve to be placed on the twenty dollar bill? Write a detailed paragraph explaining your answer.