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Kansas Day in the classroom

Kansas Day, 2012Students across the state commemorated Kansas birthday in various ways.  View images of several activities from the 150th anniversary on our share your work page. We are always interested in ways that Kansas history is being taught. Please continue to share your ideas and events.  Contact education@kshs.org.

Kansas Day offers an ideal time to remember the state's history, however it isn't the only time of the year that students and teachers are learning about Kansas. Let us help make your Kansas Day or your unit on Kansas a success!  We offer a variety of resources for those unable to join us for our yearly Kansas Day at the Museum in Topeka or a state historic site.                                                  

Traveling Resource Trunks

Bring Kansas history to you!  This exciting series of traveling resource trunks is available to teachers, youth group leaders, museums, libraries, and other Kansans looking for a fun and educational way to share the rich heritage of our state with others.  Trunks contain reproductions, hands-on activities, a teaching manual, photos and more. They may be reserved and borrowed for use at a time and location convenient to you.  If you plan to use a trunk on Kansas Day we encourage you to schedule early.  Trunks may be reserved a year in advance. 


Real People. Real Stories. Trading Cards

The story of Kansas is the story of its people.  Meet people in Kansas history and explore our series of trading cards and bookmarks featuring Real People. Real Stories. from Kansas!

Activities to Print

Enjoy these activities as part of your Kansas Day commemoration.

Kansas Day birthday streamer

Kansas flag

Kansas Symbols coloring book

Kansas Symbols Fact Sheet

Martin and Osa Johnson flipbook

My Kansas Symbols Book

Nine Men's Morris


Tumbling prairie dogs

Kansas State Capitol

Scavenger hunt (PDF)

Scavenger hunt answers (PDF)

Read Kansas! 

The lessons below have been chosen because they are more Kansas Day specific.  However we have many others that fit many topics related to the history of our state. 

Read Kansas! P-3 Kansas Symbols Bingo

Read Kansas! P-8 The Kansas Flag

Read Kansas! P-13 The Kansas State Capitol

Read Kansas! P-16 Holidays in Kansas

Read Kansas! I-3 Famous Kansans

Read Kansas! I-10 Why Is the State Called Kansas?

Read Kansas! I-11 "Home on the Range"

Lesson Plans these ready-to-go lessons have been developed by teachers for several grade levels and subjects

Online Exhibit - Carry A. Nation:  "The Famous and Original Bar Room Smasher"  an online exhibit with accompanying curriculum packet

Materials to Purchase

Past issues of Kansas Kaleidoscope:  A Magazine for Kids are available for purchase.  Each issue explores a Kansas topic.

The Museum Store has a variety of other materials available to assist you in planning your Kansas Day commemoration.