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Corps of Discovery Trunk - Kansas Curricular Standards

The Corps of Discovery traveling resource trunk connects to the 2004 Kansas History and Government; Economics and Geography Standards in the following ways:

First Grade

Geography, Benchmark 5, Indicator 2: Describes how the physical environment impacts humans (e.g., choices of clothing, housing, crops, recreation).

  • Lesson 4: Lewis & Clark Among the Indians - Use the photographs, historical content and matrix cards to adapt this activity.

History, Benchmark 3, Indicator 1: Recognizes the United States flag, Pledge of Allegiance, and bald eagle as important national symbols.

History, Benchmark 3, Indicator 3: Identifies some important United States national holidays (e.g., Independence Day).

  • Lesson 5: The First Independence Day in Kansas - Use the flag, flag etiquette cards, and photographs to adapt this lesson.

Second Grade

Geography, Benchmark 5, Indicator 1: Describe how physical systems influence people and their activities.

  • Lesson 4: Lewis & Clark Among the Indians - Use the photographs, historical content and matrix cards to adapt this activity.
  • Lesson 6: "Great Numbers of Buffalow" - Use objects and historical content to adapt.

Third Grade

Geography, Benchmark 3, Indicator 1: Compares various ecosystems in the community (e.g., locations and characteristics of plant and animal life).

  • Lesson 4: Lewis & Clark Among the Indians - Use the photographs, historical content and matrix cards to adapt this activity.

Geography, Benchmark 5, Indicator 1: Discusses the consequences of human modifications in their community on the environment over time (e.g., flood control, mining, farming, chemical uses, community development, transportation).

  • Lesson 4: Lewis & Clark Among the Indians - Use the photographs, historical content and matrix cards to adapt this activity.
  • Lesson 6: "Great Numbers of Buffalow" - Use objects and historical content to adapt.

Fourth Grade

Geography, Benchmark 2, Indicators 1: Identifies and compares the physical characteristics of regions of the United States (e.g., rainfall, location, land and water features, climate, vegetation, natural resources).

Geography, Benchmark 2, Indicator 2: Identifies the human characteristics of Kansas and regions of the United States (e.g., people, religions, languages, customs, economic activities, housing, foods).

  • Lesson 4: Lewis & Clark Among the Indians

History, Benchmark 1, Indicator 3: Describes the observations of the explorers who came to what was to become Kansas (e.g., Francisco Coronado, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, Zebulon Pike, Stephen H. Long).

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History, Benchmark 4, Indicators 3: Identifies and compares information from primary and secondary sources (e.g., photographs, diaries/journals, newspapers, historical maps).

  • Lesson 1: Lewis and Clark in Kansas
  • Lesson 2: On the Trail of Lewis and Clark
  • Lesson 3: Explorers in Kansas
  • Lesson 4: Lewis & Clark Among the Indians

Fifth Grade

History, Benchmark 1, Indicator 1: Explains how various American Indians adapted to their environment in relationship to shelter and food (e.g., Plains, Woodland, Northwest Coast, Southeast and Pueblo cultures in the period from 1700-1820).

  • Lesson 4: Lewis & Clark Among the Indians

History, Benchmark 4, Indicator 5: Observes and draws conclusions.

  • Lesson 4: Lewis & Clark Among the Indians
  • Lesson 7: Collecting with Lewis and Clark

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