St. Bernedette School Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Mary Ann Frankola – Teacher
This lesson requires a minimum of two class periods.
Students will identify and explain the contributions that Sacagawea
made in the Lewis and Clark Corps of Discovery Expedition.
Science Education Content Standards:
A. Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
Understanding about scientific inquiry
PA Language Arts Standards:
the purpose for reading a type of text (literature, information) before
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.
poems, plays, and multi-paragraph stories.
Speak using skills appropriate to formal speech situations.
Participate in small and large group discussion and presentations.
Use media for learning purposes.
Locate information using appropriate sources and strategies.
PA History Standards:
and explain the politics and cultural contributions of
individuals and groups to United States history from
Beginnings to 1824.
and explain primary documents, material artifacts and historic sites
important in United States history from Beginnings to 1824.
Explain how continuity and change has influenced United States history
from Beginnings to 1824.
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
Science, Technology & Society by Green Design
- Cooperative Learning
- Small group discussion
- Collaborative Learning
- Perform a skit/role playing
Kids Discover Magazine – Fall 2002
Computers with Internet access
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):
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
- Students will be given about thirty minutes to
create a script for their skit.
- Each student in the group must speak at least
- the skit must be between two and four minutes
- 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
in the Lewis and Clark Expedition. (Notes and questions previously
After all skits have been presented, the students will participate in a
10 minute teacher led discussion about Sacagawea’s role in
Lewis and Clark Corps of Discovery Expedition.