by Ken Karsmizki, Columbia Gorge Discovery Center
Carolyn Purcell, Columbia Gorge Discovery Center
In this webquest, students in grades 9-12 investigate scientific inquiry on the Lewis and Clark expedition, by examining their roles as ethnographers, linguists, and paleontologists.
The mission of the Lewis and Clark Expedition went far beyond finding a passage through the North American continent. Lewis and Clark were asked to collect as much information as possible about the people, plants, animals, geography, geology, and climate. They had to become scientists in order to successfully gather all the information they encountered in their arduous 29-month journey from
After completing this lesson, students will be able to:
1. Describe some of the scientific objectives and methods of the Lewis and Clark expedition.
2. Compare and contrast historic and contemporary attitudes and procedures regarding collecting scientific information.