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Kansas Kaleidoscope - October/November 2007

Real People. Real Stories. For kids!

Kansas Kaleidoscope, October/November 2007 Civics in Action

Who Can Be a United States Citizen?

It is important for all Americans to know basic facts about the U.S. Constitution.

For Parents and Teachers:

This issue of Kaleidoscope is aimed at making students more aware of their civic responsibilities as U.S. citizens. You’ll find several stories about Kansas kids who have made a difference in their community by getting involved. We hope these stories inspire many more to become active citizens of the United States of America.

Kansas fourth grade civics standard: Benchmark 3, Indicators 1 and 2, and Benchmark 4, Indicator 3 are addressed. (Student recognizes the U.S. Constitution as the document that defines rights and responsibilities of citizens, student recognizes how individuals have a civic responsibility, and student recognizes that rights require responsibilities of citizenship.)

For more information on teaching government and civic responsibilities check out the We The People program designed by the Center for Civic Education. This program explains the history and ideas behind the U.S. Constitution. It offers a wealth of educational information on the most important of American documents. For more information, go to civiced.org.

Countdown to Statehood

On February 2, 1858, a group of women living in Kansas Territory organized a club. It was called the Moneka Woman’s Rights Association.

The United States Constitution

In the spring of 1787 many of the country’s finest minds gathered in Philadelphia. It was their job to create a government for the United States of America.

Kids are citizens, too!

What can kids do to be good citizens? Even the smallest actions, like recycling a soda can or donating soup for a food drive, supports our country and what it stands for.

RecyclingRecycling Rules

It’s something that’s easy to do every day. It can be done by yourself or as a group project. It’s good for the environment and good for your community.

Kids in Kansas are Wild About Recycling!

Recycling is good for the environment, but it can also be a great fundraiser to benefit your community. Kids in several Kansas towns have already made big differences by recycling.

Heads Up for Health

Kids can take part in activities that promote good health and good causes at the same time! Check out these examples from across the state.

Friends in Need

T his year weather-related emergencies caused trouble for many Kansans. Friends, neighbors, and even strangers practiced good citizenship during these difficult times.


History Lab

The biggest attack on American soil happened on September 11, 2001. The World Trade Center in New York City was destroyed when airplanes were flown into both towers.

Stauth MuseumVisit History

Many Kansas museums tell the histories of their towns. The Stauth Memorial Museum in Montezuma, however, tells stories from all over the world!

Food Drive Takes the Cake

Kids at Harmony Middle School in Overland Park gave back to their city in a big way last spring. Their annual drive for Harvesters, a Kansas City food network, was one of the most successful ever in the city!

RecyclingIn This Issue:

  • Who Can Be a United States Citizen?
  • For Parents & Teachers
  • Countdown to Statehood
  • On the Cover
  • The United States Constitution
  • Happy Citizenship Day
  • Recycling Rules
  • Kids in Kansas are Wild About Recycling
  • Heads UP for Health
  • Recycling Word Search
  • Friends in Need
  • History Lab
  • Visit History
  • Food Drive Takes the Cake
  • Kaleidoscope Challenge
  • Answers
  • Bee a Winner!
  • Book Nook

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