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Lewis and Clark for Kids – Activities, Worksheets, and more

Join us as we start our westward expansion for kids American history unit as we learn about Lewis and Clark for kids. In this lesson you will find free printable animal tracks activity, lewis and Clark worksheets, DIY Moccasin activity, and so much more! So saddle up and join us as we journey back in time to 1783.

Lewis and Clark for Kids - this lewis and clark lesson helps kids learn about the period of american history covering the westward expansion. It includes DIY mocasin activity, free printable animal tracks activity, worksheets, book recommendations, and so much more! #lewisandclark #historyforkids #homeschooling

Westward Expansion Unit:

Westward Expansion for kids

Lewis and Clark for Kids

Next up in our study of American history for kids we are learning about the Westward Expansion. We are taking a 3 week birds eye view of 1783 to 1898 (ending when Hawaii joined the United States). Our unit is filled with great books, activities, drawing & writing our own book, and of course a free printable.

Lewis and Clark Books for Kids:


We read these great books to learn about Lewis & Clark and Sacagawea. As Lewis & Clark were keeping journals to learn about and report back to President Thomas Jefferson about what they saw we read several books on being nature detectives.

Salt Dough Map – History Project

How to make a Salt Dough Map

We made a Salt Dough Map we will be painting next week & marking the Oregon Trail route.

Lewis and Clark Nature Study

Homeschool Nature Study

We talked about how our nature study journals were very much like what Lewis & Clark would have kept. Although we have much better resources now!


We matched these native American animals with their tracks. (This fun activity is just one of the free Westward Expansion Worksheets included in the FREE printable download at the bottom of the post)

DIY Moccasins Craft



This DIY Moccasins craft is super fun to make and not super difficult either. This had to be one of our favorite activities we’ve done so far. Lewis & Clark wore out their boots pretty quickly into their long trip west as they explored the recently purchased Louisiana Territory. So they traded some local Native Americans they met on their journey and these moccasins lasted them the rest of the trip.hands on homeschool history - how to make mocassins for kids
hands on homeschool history - how to make mocassins for kids
hands on homeschool history - how to make mocassins for kids

hands on homeschool history - how to make mocassins for kids
Here are the finished pair of moccasins. Not only are they super cute and a fun way to remember our Lewis & Clark expedition, but they are also SUPER soft & comfortable too!

Westward Expansion - hands on homeschool social studies unit for kids of all ages
If you have younger children check out my {free} Wild West MEGA pack with 70 pages of learning activities for kids 2-8 years old. I made this specifically to go with this unit. I wanted my younger kiddos to have something to do alongside big brother Goofy!

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Free Westward Expansion Worksheets

These FREE Westward Expansion printable will touch on the major points from this unit. It includes 10 sheets on different areas of the unit in both Pre/K and 1st+ lined paper –

  • US Elevation Map
  • Oregon Trail Map
  • and Animal Track cards.

We are making our own illustrations using Draw Write Now #5 and writing what we learned under the image. Most of our activities came from Westward Ho! An Activity Guide to the Wild West.
Westward Expansion free worksheets for elementary age children

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Beth Gorden

Beth Gorden is the creative multi-tasking creator of 123 Homeschool 4 Me. As a busy homeschooling mother of six, she strives to create hands-on learning activities and worksheets that kids will love to make learning FUN! She has created over 1 million pages of printables to help teach kids ABCs, science, English grammar, history, math, and so much more! Beth is also the creator of 2 additional sites with even more educational activities and FREE printables - www.kindergartenworksheetsandgames.com and www.preschoolplayandlearn.com

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