Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Sacagawea was a Superwoman

Above is a picture of a journal my daughter Suzanna made while her class was studying Lewis and Clark. At first glance I was confused with the drawing until she explained it was Sacagawea diving under water to successfully get a dropped compass.
See the men on the canoe ... do they even notice she is underwater, or do they blithely continue down the Columbia River? Hurry, Sacagawea, before the boat gets away! Hurry! Who else at age 16 will bear a child smack dab in the middle of the freezing winter? Who will cook? Who will negotiate with Native Americans? Who will find food? You must make the trip! Those men cannot do it without you!!!
The second picture is of the game board she and her table group made. Let's see if you know the answers to a few of their questions (Cue "Are You Smarter Than a Fourth Grader?" tune):
1. One woman, one baby, and how many men traveled from the plains of the Midwest to the Pacific Ocean?
2. What did Lewis and Clark make the Montana state flower as?
3. Which Indians were encountered at Fort Clatsop?
answers below!
1. 31 men made the trip 2. Lewis modestly named it "Lewisia Rediviva" 3. The Siletz Indians

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