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Sacagawea FREE Unit Study

Sacagawea lived a short, but eventful life.  She became a major part of United States history while just a teenager by joining Lewis and Clark on their expedition to the Pacific Ocean.  In this unit study, learn all about that adventure and what is known about her life before and after that trip.

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The Book about Sacagawea

The unit study is based upon the book Who Was Sacagawea?  This book shares what is known from the historical record about her early life and many details about the Lewis and Clark expedition. This is a great read aloud for early elementary ages or an independent reading assignment for children in about grades 3-6.

Who Was Sacagawea?
  • Bloom Fradin, Judith (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 112 Pages - 02/18/2002 (Publication Date) - Penguin Young Readers Group (Publisher)

The Sacagawea FREE Printable Unit Study

The printable unit study includes the following:

Notebooking pages about her life.

A timeline activity to chart her life.

Sacagawea notebooking pages and timeline.


Writing prompt: Imagine that Sacagawea kept a journal like Lewis and Clark did during the expedition to Pacific Ocean.  What would she have written?

Following Directions activity to learn more about where Sacagawea lived in her early life and where she traveled with the Lewis and Clark expedition.

Sacagawea following direction and writing printables.

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Videos About Sacagawea

A good overview of what is known about her life. (4 minutes).

Learn more about the Sacagawea at Ducksters.

This video gives some history of the Shoshone tribe that she belonged to. (8 min.)

Lewis & Clark Expedition

Learn more about the Louisiana Purchase and the Lewis & Clark Expedition. (4:30 minutes)

Learn more about Lewis & Clark at Ducksters.

Discovering Lewis and Clark has an immense collection of articles about the expedition, including details of the trail, what they ate and how they lived on the trip.

If you have Amazon Prime, Ken Burns American Lives Season 1 is included and Lewis and Clark is one of the topics he covers.  There are two parts, each almost 2 hours long:

Ken Burns: American Lives
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Ken Burns (Director)

Hands On Activities

The Shoshones were nomads, meaning they moved from place to place.  Therefore, they lived in tipis (aka teepees) that they could pack up and take with them.  Make a model of a teepee with a paper bag.

Child's teepee craft made from a paper bag.

Sacagawea had a favorite blue glass bead necklace that she had to trade on the expedition.  Use yarn and beads to make your own necklaces and other jewelryOr for older children use actual bead thread and seed beads.

Study Native Americans

Lewis, Clark and Sacagawea came in contact with many different Native American tribes on their expedition.  Use these ideas to study some of the tribes:

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Other Resources

Books for younger children:

I am Sacagawea (Ordinary People Change the World)
  • Hardcover Book
  • Meltzer, Brad (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 40 Pages - 10/03/2017 (Publication Date) - Rocky Pond Books (Publisher)

National Geographic Readers: Sacagawea (Readers Bios)
  • Jazynka, Kitson (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 32 Pages - 01/06/2015 (Publication Date) - National Geographic Kids (Publisher)

Books about Lewis and Clark:

The Captain's Dog: My Journey with the Lewis and Clark Tribe (Great Episodes)
  • Amazon Kindle Edition
  • Smith, Roland (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 304 Pages - 08/01/2000 (Publication Date) - Clarion Books (Publisher)

What Was the Lewis and Clark Expedition?
  • St. George, Judith (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 112 Pages - 10/16/2014 (Publication Date) - Penguin Workshop (Publisher)

*We read The Captain’s Dog as a read aloud several years ago with my oldest son and we loved it!

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