The Journey of Sacagawea


Students will examine the life of Sacagawea, the exceptional woman chosen to appear on the Golden Dollar, and will write journal entries based on their research.

Coin Type(s)

  • Dollar

Coin Program(s)

  • Native American $1 Coins


  • Students will learn about the story of Sacagawea.
  • Students will learn about the Lewis and Clark Expedition.
  • Students will practice journal writing.

Major Subject Area Connections

  • Social Studies

Minor/supporting Subject Area Connections

  • Language Arts


  • 3rd
  • 4th
  • 5th

Class Time

  • Sessions: One
  • Session Length: 90 minutes
  • Total Length: 46-90 minutes


  • Whole group
  • Small groups
  • Individual work

Terms and Concepts

  • Golden Dollar
  • Historical figures
  • Journal writing
  • Lewis and Clark
  • Sacagawea


  • Pomp, the True Story of the Baby on the Sacagawea Dollar, an e-book for kids by Liz Sonneborn, Chapters 1 and 2, at
  • Writing paper
  • Drawing Paper
  • Pencils
  • Colored Pencils or Crayons



Bookmark the e-book for easy access.

Lesson Steps

  1. Show your students the Golden Dollar with Sacagawea on the front. If you can't get an actual coin, you can display the coloring page or an online photo.
  2. Create a K-W-L chart to record what your students know and what they'd like to know about Sacagawea. Display this chart for the students.
  3. Have the students read chapters 1 and 2 of Pomp, the True Story of the Baby on the Sacagawea Dollar. Students can read the story aloud or in groups. If possible, the students should read this story online, and then conduct research on Sacagawea using the Internet.
  4. Tell the students they will get to imagine what it would be like to be Sacagawea on her journey. Have them create a journal that she could have written. Their journal should include as many dates and descriptions of what they (Sacagawea) saw as possible. They should also include sketches or pictures.
  5. Have the students bind their journals and share it with others.


Differentiated Learning Options

Have sudents write about how Sacagawea might feel about having her image on a coin.


Have students research additional facts about the Lewis and Clark Expedition and report on their findings.


Evaluate the facts and descriptions recorded in the students' journals.

Common Core Standards

This lesson plan is not associated with any Common Core Standards.

National Standards

This lesson plan is not associated with any National Standards.