Chapter Meeting Program
January 17, 2004
Program: At 1 pm following the luncheon, the Chapter heard
from two local teachers who are members of the team from the Academy
of Natural Sciences that partnered with other educators from the
Missouri Historical Society to develop a new free Lewis and Clark
Online Curriculum for teachers, multi-disciplinary lesson plans
for 4th through 12th grades using history, science, and language
The Curriculum is designed to accompany next years Lewis
and Clark National Bicentennial Exhibition which will open at the
ANS in November, 2004 and remain there until March, 2005. ANS will
also offer an extended evening program of speakers and activities
throughout the duration of this important national exhibit.
Speakers were Cathy Fylypowycz, the science lead academic coach
for the Philadelphia School District, and Mary Ann Boyer, a science
teacher at the private Springside School in Wissahickon. They used
computer projection to demonstrate how teachers can use the curriculum
to Tell the Story of the earliest exploration ever conducted
of the early American West. Fylypowycz wrote a unit on Lewis
and Clark and Animals, while Boyer authored a unit on Lewis
and Clark, Curing and Plants.
Tracy Meyers, L&C Education Coordinator at the ANS, arranged
the opportunity for the Philadelphia Chapter to learn more about
the curriculum. We are honored that you would ask us introduce
our Curriculum at your meeting, said Meyers. The Philadelphia
Chapter has a commitment to create awareness of the Philadelphia
connection to the Lewis and Clark Expedition. This meeting gave
us the opportunity to reach educators and their student populations.
Meyers and her assistant, Sharon Angus-Smith, were in St. Louis
on the day of our meeting at a kick-off for the Curriculum at the
Missouri Historical Society, while Pennsylvania teachers here were
having one of the first introductions to the curriculum which will
be distributed nationally. Philadelphias connection will be
The first of the five units is one of special interest to our region.
Called Preparing for the Trip the unit covers Meriwether
Lewis's visit to Philadelphia in May and June of 1803, his sessions
with five mentors from the American Philosophical Society and his
shopping trips to purchase supplies for the expedition.
Teachers are not the only ones who can benefit from the curriculum.
The units can also be used for personal study, home schooling, or
by college teachers who want to access new research that has come
to light during the Bicentennial Commemoration.
One can access the free curriculum by going to the Lewis
and Clark National Exhibit website and clicking on "For
Educators." For more information, contact Meyers at 215-405-5071
or at Meyers@acnatsci.org.
You may remember that this summer the National Park Service named
the ANS a certified site on the Lewis and Clark National Historic
Trail during our annual meeting of the LCTHF at the Loews
(Program notes by Norma Martin Milner)
Get Acquainted with our Talented Speakers
Cathy Fylypowycz, Science Lead Academic Coach, Office
of Curriculum, Instruction and Professional Development, School
District of Philadelphia
Authored unit on Lewis and Clark and Animals
"As a teacher bringing my students to the Academy for over
20 years and having worked at the Academy of Natural Sciences for
three years as the School District of Philadelphia Museum Teacher
I developed a strong bond with the Academy and their education staff.
When the opportunity to work with the Academy was offered I didn't
"I was interested in the Lewis & Clark Bicentennial Commemoration
and I believe that the integration of science and social studies
is a natural and necessary one. Integrated curriculum with a theme
provides real life experiences involving communities and results
in learning compatible with many types of learners. This curriculum
project should be a prototype for many future learning experiences
that include informal and formal learning institutions."
Mary Ann Boyer, Science Teacher, Springside School,
Authored Unit on Lewis and Clark, Curing and Plants
"There are many reasons why I was attracted to the L&C
curriculum development, but here's one reason why: I love how Lewis
was the quintessential naturalist who carried out the scientific
method by observing, inferring, recording, drawing, inferring and
looking for new specimens to send back to Jefferson. I like to tell
my students the story of when Lewis was shot in a hunting accident.
As he lay on the ground bleeding, he whipped out his journal and
jotted down notes about a beautiful cherry tree he observed on the
horizon. The naturalist in him just didn't stop!"
"This spring, I will be incorporating the L&C lesson plans
into my science curriculum. In the spirit of L&C, we will head
out into the Wissahickon (which borders our school), and students
will identify and collect their own plant specimens, learn how to
press them, much like Lewis did. When students learn by doing, they
bring history and science to life."