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Explorers in Kansas
Fourth graders read cards about the explorers: Coronado, Lewis, and Clark, Pike, and Long. In this influential expeditions instructional activity, 4th graders describe and observe explorers who came to Kansas. Students locate main reasons and details as they compare and contrasts the experiences of all four expeditions. Students then read a map and review text features to complete a worksheet.
My Daily Life in Kansas
Second graders use 'Read Kansas' cards to learn about the daily life activities of an Osage boy and a pioneer girl. In this similarities and differences lesson, 2nd graders write a paragraph and draw a picture comparing their daily life with a child from the past. Students then use illustrations and make inferences that draw conclusion based on compared and contrasted information.
Eli Thayer and the Kansas-Nebraska Act
Young scholars determine how states were identified as slave states or free states. For this Kansas-Nebraska Act lesson, students explore the work of Eli Thayer as well as the work of Thayer's supporters in Massachusetts.
Where is Kansas?
Students explore U.S. Geography by analyzing a map. In this state vs. country instructional activity, students utilize a U.S. map and locate the state of Kansas before researching the history and customs of the state. Students collaborate as a class to celebrate the birthday of Kansas and complete several state worksheets.
The Civil War Comes to Kansas: The Battle of Mine Creek
Seventh graders explore the impact of Price's Raid and the Battle of Mine Creek. In this American Civil War lesson, 7th graders examine a list of events based on the war in Kansas and then put them in chronological order. Students also complete a mapping activity based on the raid and battle.
Historic Places in Kansas
Third graders explore the significance of historical landmarks. In this lesson, 3rd graders participate in a class discussion on Kansas landmarks, then complete several activities the reinforce the class discussion, such as writing a story.
Popular Sovereignty Under the Kansas-Nebraska Act
Seventh graders examine the implications of the Kansas-Nebraska Act. In this slavery lesson, 7th graders examine a map of 1820 America and discuss the balance of power implied by the map. Students then read Stephen Douglas's speech on popular sovereignty and complete a worksheet.
I Live in Kansas!
Student research and apply information about communities in Kansas. In this Kansas lesson, 3rd graders study ten communities in the state, complete a booklet, and compare the communities to their own. They use the information to design a poster that advertises one of the communities.
The Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854: Popular Sovereignty and the Political Polarization over Slavery
Students examine how the Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854 affected the political balance between free and slave states and explore how its author, Stephen Douglas, promoted its policy of popular sovereignty to avoid a national crises over slavery.
Sectionalism and the Kansas-Nebraska Act
Students define and discuss sectionalism and popular sovereignty, analyze impact of popular sovereignty in creation of state of Kansas, compare issues in territorial Kansas to current politically divisive topic, and evaluate primary source documents as to whether they are anti-slavery or pro-slavery.
Airplane Manufacturing in Kansas
Seventh graders determine how Kansas become a producer of airplanes. In this Kansas history activity, 7th graders read selected Read Kansas! cards and articles. Students then discuss the primary sources they read regarding Wichita's growth as an aviation producer.
The People of Kansas: Where did they come from and why did they come?
Students review census data to correlate to emigration in Kansas. In this Westward Expansion lesson, students analyze a painting and create definitions for emigration and discuss why people emigrate. Students read and analyze 1855 census data in groups to connect to their predictions on why people moved to Kansas Territory.
Sectionalism and the Kansas-Nebraska Act
Young scholars evaluate the effect of popular sovereignty on the creation of Kansas moving from a territory to a state. In this United States History lesson plan, students participate in a class discussion that centers around several topics that lead up to the focus of the lesson plan, then work in small groups to complete two activities.
Kansas Ponds, Lakes & Reservoirs
Students compare the ponds, lakes, and reservoirs of Kansas. In this geography lesson plan, students use Google Earth to research the different ponds, lakes, and reservoirs in Kansas. Students will discover that many of the bodies of water in Kansas are man-made and will then discuss their importance. Students complete several worksheets to ensure their understanding of the subject.
Students examine the Kansas state quarter and the Buffalo nickel and look for clue to help them identify why the bison was so important to the Native American. They perform "freeze frames" depicting Native American use of the bison.
In this Kansas reading comprehension worksheet, students read a 2-page selection regarding the state and they answer 10 true or false questions pertaining to the selection.
Fourth graders discover the geographic regions of Kansas. In this geography lesson plan, 4th graders explore the different regions of Kansas and determine how the different geography affects daily life in Kansas.
American Indian Homes in Kansas
First graders explore culture by researching U.S. history. For this American Indian lesson, 1st graders discuss the geography of Kansas and the different Native American tribes that inhabited the state and the types of homes they lived in. Students participate in memory games and complete Native American worksheets over the course of 5 days.
The Kansas Flag
First graders study the symbols on the Kansas flag. In this social studies lesson, 1st graders read about the symbols on the state flag. Students create a flag folder and complete word work assignment for each of the symbols discussed.
Immigrants to Kansas: Why Did They Come
Young scholars explore U.S. History by researching Kansas. For this immigration lesson, students discuss the benefits of immigrating to a state like Kansas in the 1800's while writing their thoughts and research in a reporter's notebook. Young scholars define a list of vocabulary terms dealing with immigration.