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St. Bernedette School   Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Mary Ann Frankola – Teacher
This lesson requires a minimum of two class periods.

Concept/Big Idea:
Students will identify and explain the contributions that Sacagawea made in the Lewis and Clark Corps of Discovery Expedition.

National Science Education Content Standards:
A. Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
Understanding about scientific inquiry

PA Language Arts Standards:
1.1.5.A         Establish the purpose for reading a type of text (literature, information) before reading.
1.1.5.D         Identify the basic ideas and facts in text using strategies (e.g. prior knowledge, illustrations, and headings) and information from other sources to make predictions about text.
1.4.5.A         Write poems, plays, and multi-paragraph stories.
1.6.5.C         Speak using skills appropriate to formal speech situations.
1.6.5.E         Participate in small and large group discussion and presentations.
1.6.5.F         Use media for learning purposes.
1.8.5.B         Locate information using appropriate sources and strategies.

PA History Standards:
8.3.6.A         Identify and explain the politics and cultural contributions of individuals and groups to United States history from Beginnings to 1824.
8.3.6.B         Identify and explain primary documents, material artifacts and historic sites important in United States history from Beginnings to 1824.
8.3.6.C         Explain how continuity and change has influenced United States history from Beginnings to 1824.



Assessment:

1. Students will work in small groups to review literature, for information to make connections, make generalizations and discuss ideas for a skit.

2. Students will participate in a large group discussion

3. Students will perform a two – four minute skit.

4. Teacher designed rubric for scoring skits


Instructional Strategy:


Science, Technology & Society by Green Design

  • Research
    • Literature and Websites
  • Cooperative Learning
    • Small group discussion
    • Teamwork
  • Collaborative Learning
    • Perform a skit/role playing
Materials:
Kids Discover Magazine – Fall 2002
Computers with Internet access


Activities:
Students will independently read about Sacagawea in Kids Discover regarding her role in the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Students will also read about her and her role on one or more of the following websites (or their links):

Resources/Links
http://www.lc.pitt.edu
http://www.nationalgeographic.com/lewisandclark
http://www.pbs.org.org/lewisandclark
http://www.lewisandclark.com
http://www2.edgate.com/lewisandclark/

Students will take notes on their review of the information. Students will have approximately 30 minutes to peruse this information.

Students will then be assigned to small groups (with 3 or 4 students in each group). For about 10 minutes the students will discuss the information within their group that they obtained from the magazine and the websites. Each group of students will also discuss their ideas for a skit about Sacagawea (and Lewis and Clark) which they will practice and perform.

  • Students will be given about thirty minutes to create a script for their skit.
  • Each student in the group must speak at least once,
  • the skit must be between two and four minutes in length,
  • the skit must be historically accurate,
  • students may read the script (lines do not have to be memorized), and
  • students may use groups.

Skits are to be performed the next day. Students must speak loudly and clearly. (A scoring rubric may be used for each group).

After all the skits have been presented, the students will participate in a 10-minute teacher-guided discussion about Sacagawea’s role in the Lewis and Clark Expedition. (Notes and questions previously prepared.)

Reflection:
After all skits have been presented, the students will participate in a 10 minute teacher led discussion about Sacagawea’s role in the Lewis and Clark Corps of Discovery Expedition.

 

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