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Read Kansas! Intermediate - I-10 Why Is the State Called Kansas?

The focus of this lesson designed for fourth graders is to learn the origin of the name Kansas and to understand some basic facts about the Kansa Indians. The students will read expository text as well as perform basic original research to determine the origins of the name of their city or county. The lesson is designed to take place over two class periods but can be adjusted to meet individual classroom needs. Select each image to see a PDF with the front and back of each card.

Why Is the State Called Kansas? I-10
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I - 10 Why Is the State Called Kansas?
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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:

  • RF.4.4a-c:  The student reads with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.
  • W.4.2a-e:  The student writes informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.