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Wagons, Wheels, and Wings

Guided tour — Kansas Museum of History, Topeka

Grades — 2nd

Get on board this transportation tour! Wagons, Wheels, and Wings takes students through the museum gallery to explore different forms of transportation used in our state from 1854 to the present. Students will visit a covered wagon, steamboat, train, car, and airplane. At the end of the tour students will be challenged to create an historically accurate scene for each form of transportation using magnetic images and an activity board.

This tour addresses grade specific history, reading and writing standards and provides pre-and post-visit materials to help teachers fulfill those standards. Included within these materials is the Read Kansas! Kansans on the Move lesson. 

Standards addressed:

Kansas History, Government and Social Studies Standards

Standard #4: Societies experience continuity and change over time

  • 4.1: The student will recognize and evaluate continuity and change over time and its impact on individuals, institutions, communities, states, and nations.

Kansas College and Career Ready Standards

  • SL 2.3: The student will ask and answer questions about what a speaker says in order to clarify comprehension, gather additional information, or deepen understanding of a topic or issue.
  • RI 2.1: The student will ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.
  • W 2. 2: The student will write informative/explanatory texts in which they introduce a topic, use facts and definitions to develop points, and provide a concluding statement or section.

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Cost per student is $4. One adult enters free for every 10 students.  Additional adults pay the student rate.

Bus transportation for USD 501 schools: The Topeka Metro System is offering free rides for classroom field trips along fixed-route buses for schools in USD 501 during the 2013-2014 school year.  This offer includes students, teachers and parents.

Length of tour: approximately one hour and 15 minutes, with a maximum of one tour per hour.

Number of students in a group: for the best experience, we recommend no more than 25 students per tour

Registration and scheduling: register online, or contact Education at 785-272-8681, ext. 414; email education @kshs.org.  Tours must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance.