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Read Kansas! Intermediate - I-07 Life on the Trails

This lesson designed for fourth grade focuses on life and hardships on both the Oregon-California and the Santa Fe Trails. Students will read two Read Kansas! cards that are reminiscences by trail travelers. Students will complete a vocabulary worksheet to help define new words used in the primary source documents. Students will use the Read Kansas! cards to complete a worksheet about the costs and benefits of traveling on the trails. This lesson is designed to take three class periods but can be adjusted to meet individual classroom needs.

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Kansas History, Government and Social Studies Standards:

Standard #1: Choices have consequences.

  • 1.1: The student will analyze the context under which choices are made and draw conclusions about the motivations and goals of the decision-makers.

Standard #5: Relationships among people, places, ideas, and environments are dynamic.

  • 5.1: The student will recognize and evaluate dynamic relationships that impact lives in communities, states, and nations.

Kansas College and Career Ready Standards:

  • 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.
  • RI 4.4: The student determines the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words or phrases in a text relevant to a grade 4 topic or subject area.

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