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Read Kansas! Intermediate - I-04 Explorers in Kansas

This fourth grade lesson is designed to teach students about four early and influential expeditions in Kansas. Students will read cards about the explorers (Coronado, Lewis and Clark, Pike, and Long), assume the explorer’s identity, and then be interviewed by a team of two students. All students will experience both roles of explorer and interviewer. The lesson is designed to take three class periods but can be adjusted to meet individual class schedules. Select each image to see a PDF with the front and back of each card.

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Lesson plan

Kansas History, Government and Social Studies Standards

Standard #3: Societies are shaped by beliefs, ideas, and diversity.

  • 3.1: The student will recognize and evaluate significant beliefs, contributions, and ideas of the many diverse peoples and groups and their impact on individuals, communities, states, and nations.

Kansas College and Career Ready Standards:

  • RI.4.5: The student describes the overall structure (e.g., chronology, comparison, cause/effect, problem/solution) of events, ideas, concepts, or information in a text or part of a text.
  • RI.4.1:  The student refers to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.