Lewis and Clark, explorers Vocabulary Word List (214)

A)Ability, Accommodating, Active, Activity, Aggressive, Antagonistic, Anxious, Arrogance, Authentic
B)Backslapping, Bandanna, Barrage, Behavior, Blacksmith, Bloodthirsty, Boldness, Braggart, Brave, Britches, Brutality, Buckboard, Bully, Bunkhouse, Burr, Bushwhacker, Buzzards
C)Cahoots, Campfires, Cattle(drive), Cheat, Churlish, Civility, Commitment, Common-sense, Contemptible, Control, Cooperation, Courage, Courageous, Cowboy, Curt
D)Dadgumit!, Decent, Dependable, Desolate, Determination, Driving cattle, Drought, Dust
E)Energetic, Epic, Exhaustion, Experience
F)Face-to-face, Failure, Faith, Faithful, Feud, Foothills, Fortitude, Fortune, Frenzy, Frontiersman, Furor, Fury
G)Gait, Gallop. gauntlet, Giddy-up!, Gold fever, Graze, Greasewood, Gullies, Gun-wielding, Gunfire
H)Half-hitch, Hard work, Hardhearted, Hazardous, Herd, Hitch, Hogtie, Holster, Horseshoes, Hostile, Howdy!
I)Idealistic, Indians, Inevitable, Infamous, Infuriate, Intense, Invasion
J)Jail, Jealousy, Joy, Judgment, Justice
L)Lariat, Leather, Livery, Livestock, Loco, Longhorns
M)Maverick, Mercantile, Mount
N)Native Americans, Nefarious, Neigh, Nicker, Notorious, Nuisance
O)Obedient, Observant, Opinionated, Opportunist
P)Packhorse, Peacemaker, Perceptive, Perilous, Perseverance, Persistence, Ponderosa, Potential, Powerful, Pressure, Prideful, Priorities, Prospecting
Q)Quarrelsome, Querulous, Quest, Questions, Quick
R)Ranching, Range, Rawhide, Reasonable, Rebellious, Recognition, Resolute, Resourcefulness, Ricochet, Rustlers, Ruthless
S)Saddlebags, Saloon, Salve, Savvy, Schemer, Sheriff, Slaughter, Sober, Solemn, Solitary, Sorrow, Spurs, Stallion, Stampede, Staunchness, Stirrups, Stockade, Surly, Suspicion
T)Tack, Talent, Tallow, Teamwork, Temperament, Tenacious, Tendency, Terrain, Territories, Threats, Thundering, Toil, Travois, Treacherous, Treaty
U)Ultimate, Ultimatum, Uncharted, Uncivil, Uncouth, Unique, Unison, Unity, Unscrupulous
V)Valiant, Vamoose!, Varmint, Vendetta, Vengeful, Venison, Vicious, Vigilant, Vile, Villainous, Visible, Vocal, Vulnerable, Vultures
W)Wary, Whinny, Wicker, Wild
Y)Yearling, Yearning, Yee-haw!, Yoke, Young
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Historical documentation about explorers shows that men took charge of the wagons. They protected their families and hunted for food. A woman's jobs included making meals, washing and caring for the young children. The children also had chores. They would collect buffalo chips to start a fire if wood was unavailable.

Titles of some books about life for pioneer children include Children of the Wild West by R. Freedman, Pecos Bill- The Greatest Cowboy of all Time by James Bowman, Patty Reeds Doll-The Story of the Donner Party written by Rachel Laurgaard and Daily Life in a Covered Wagon By Paul Erickson
(Information gleaned from various sources including the PBS documentary on the Donner party, American Experience.

Lewis and Clark Lesson Plan ideas:

1. Imagine that students prepare for a trip/journey, just like Lewis and Clark. Provide magazines or newspapers, cut out pictures for essential/necessary/useful items for an adventure or long trip.
2. Consult the Internet/newspapers/magazines to search for stories about Lewis and Clark. Research maps of their travels and experiences.
3. What clothing would have been appropriate for four seasons and various weather conditions?
4. What obstacles might have caused delays or postponement of a trip?
5. What types of useful things had to be included besides food and clothes?
6. What type of person would want to make this kind of an adventure/ trip? Discuss choices.

More Lewis and Clark Lesson Plan ideas and questions:
1. Ask students about the longest and best/worst trip they have taken. If a student hasn't traveled, have him/her imagine places to go. Why did students have these opinions?

2. Share ideas/examples/pictures. Have students discuss what others found. Have them discuss hardships and joys. Assign written work relating to Lewis and Clark and their explorations. offers more than 671 word lists. To see other history word lists, please go to the home page for word games, interactive worksheets, word puzzles and themed content. 2500 pages of free content that align with Common Core Standards are available only online. There are no fees, no registration, no ads.