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Virtual Westward Ho!

Guided virtual tour — Kansas Museum of History, Topeka

Grades — Fourth

Overview — During the mid-1800s, thousands of families traveled through Kansas in covered wagons. They were heading west in search of land, gold, or a more healthful climate in which to settle. Students will learn about westward expansion, focusing on experiences on the Oregon-California Trail.  A virtual visit to the museum’s trails section allows students to view the full-size covered wagon, the prairie diorama, and items families used on the Oregon Trail and compare it with the Santa Fe Trail.  


Kansas History, Government and Social Studies Standards (2020)

Standard #1: Choices have consequences.

  • Benchmark 1.2: The student will analyze the content and draw conclusions about choices and consequences.

ELA Reading Informational Standards (2017)

SL.3.3: The student will ask and answer questions about information from a speaker, offering appropriate elaboration and detail.

SL.4.3: The student will identify the reasons and evidence a speaker provides to support particular points.

Fee — $30

Length of tour — 45 to 60 minutes to meet your content and time requirements

Number of students in a group — Unlimited

Registration and scheduling — Register online, or contact 785-272-8681, ext. 415; kshs.education@ks.gov. Tours must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance.

Additional resources that complement this tour:

Read Kansas! lessons

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