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Read Kansas!

Are you looking for dynamic materials to teach reading and writing?

Kansas: The 34th State Read Kansas I-10

Read Kansas!, our award winning curriculum, offers ready-to-use materials for you and your students. These lessons help students build reading skills as they learn about their state.

Each lesson is designed to use informative text to develop critical thinking skills. The inclusion of primary source materials helps students learn to source materials, see multiple perspectives, and interpret complex text. The lessons contain attractive student materials and a complete lesson plan, including the assessment. A correlation between the new Kansas College and Career Ready Standards (KCCRS) and the 2013 Kansas History, Government, and Social Studies Standards is included within each lesson.

These lessons are available online in full color. As long as they are in stock, the remaining printed sets are available for free, by using the order form below.

Read Kansas! order form (PDF)

As classrooms move to tablets and less paper, we want to make sure that teachers have the materials in the format they need.

Primary - 18 lessons for kindergarten through third grade; Spanish translation also available

Intermediate - 12 lessons based on fourth grade Kansas history standards, suitable for other grade levels

Middle School - 43 lessons based on seventh grade Kansas history standards, work well for other grade levels where Kansas history is taught, excellent preparation for the Kansas Social Studies Assessment

High School - three lessons with Kansas history embedded into American history

As of April 2021, students can listen to the lessons. The audio recordings were requested by teachers and created by five dedicated Kansas educators: Robin Pressnall, Bostic Traditional Magnet, Wichita Public Schools; Jennifer Pfizenmaier, Garfield Elementary, Clay Center; Lori Rice, West Elementary School, Wamego; Marcy Good, Canyon Creek Elementary, Olathe; Jennifer Cody, Garfield Elementary, Augusta.

Read Kansas lessons in use

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The Read Kansas! project was created by the Kansas Historical Society in cooperation with the Kansas State Department of Education and the Kansas Health Foundation.