Society offers Lewis & Clark curriculum

Society offers Lewis & Clark curriculum South Dakota school children will soon be discovering Lewis and Clark through the newest volume of the Dakota Junior Historian.

The South Dakota history curriculum supplement for students in grades four through six is now available from the State Historical Society.

Students will learn that some of the most exciting discoveries and adventures of Lewis and Clark's 1804-1806 expedition took place right here in South Dakota. The explorers encountered many new plants and animals, include the jackrabbit, pronghorn, coyote and mule deer, as they followed the Missouri River through the area that would become South Dakota.

Near Elk Point, the Corps of Discovery held the first American election west of the Mississippi River when they voted to fill the position left by Sgt. Charles Floyd, who had died near Sioux City. The explorers also held their first meetings with the Yankton and Teton Sioux and Arikara Indian tribes in South Dakota.

The Dakota Junior Historian provides an overview of the entire expedition from the Mississsippi River to the Pacific Ocean and back. Students also receive background information on Thomas Jefferson, the Louisiana Purchase, early explorers and fur traders. A classroom poster, included with the volume, maps Lewis and Clark's trail and describes key stops along the way.

"Lewis and Clark in South Dakota" is the fourth title in the Dakota Junior Historian series. Other titles include: "Dakota Leaders, 1850-1900," and "Buffalo in South Dakota." A fifth volume, "South Dakota Government," is currently in production.

"Everyone who sees the Dakota Junior Historian gets excited about it," said Nancy Tystad Koupal, director of Research and Publishing for the State Historical Society. "In an attractive and inexpensive way it enriches the curriculum and helps students explore their state along with Lewis and Clark."

Each volume of the Dakota Junior Historian comes with 25 student leaflets, a teacher's guide and classroom posters. For more information or to purchase sets of the Dakota Junior Historian, contact the South Dakota State Historical Society at 900 Governors Drive, Pierre, SD 57501-2217; telephone (605) 773-6009.

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