Kansas Day in the classroom
Kansas Day offers an ideal time to remember the state's history. If you are not planning to join us for Kansas Day at the Museum, Kansas Day at the Capitol, or at one of our state historic sites, you can find a number of ideas to bring the celebration into your classroom.
Traveling resource trunks
Our exciting series is available to teachers, youth group leaders, museums, libraries, and other Kansans looking for a fun and educational way to share the rich heritage of our state with others. Trunks contain reproductions, hands-on activities, a teaching manual, photos and more. They may be reserved and borrowed for use at a time and location convenient to you. If you plan to use a trunk on Kansas Day we encourage you to schedule early. Trunks may be reserved a year in advance.
Real People. Real Stories. Trading Cards
The story of Kansas is the story of its people. Meet people in Kansas history.
- Trading cards and bookmarks - featuring Real People. Real Stories. from Kansas! Quantities are limited.
Activities to Print
- Kansas Day activities - printable PDFs that can be used for students in the classroom.
- Today is Kansas Day! story to be read aloud, written by Kristy Nersthemier and illustrated with images from Read Kansas! lessons and photos from contest winners.
The lessons below have been chosen because they are more Kansas Day specific. We have many others that fit many topics related to the history of our state.
- P-3 Kansas Symbols Bingo
- P-8 The Kansas Flag
- P-13 The Kansas State Capitol
- P-16 Holidays in Kansas
- I-3 Famous Kansans
- I-10 Why Is the State Called Kansas?
- I-11 "Home on the Range"
- Ready-to-go lessons - developed by teachers for several grade levels and subjects
- Beyond Lewis and Clark: The Army Explores the West - military explorers from Lewis and Clark (1804) to George Custer (1874)
- Carry A. Nation: "The Famous and Original Bar Room Smasher" an online exhibit with accompanying curriculum packet
- Wheat People: Celebrating Kansas Harvest - with online games and activities to explore the "Wheat State" and "Breadbasket of the World."
Materials to Purchase
- Kansas A to Z - colorfully illustrated for early readers
- Kansas Kaleidoscope: A Magazine for Kids - past issues exploring Kansas topics.
- Kids Kansas - a 44-page book especially for fourth grade with games, puzzles, stories, and reading activities
- Real People. Real Stories. activity books - featuring seven people in Kansas history, with puzzles, games, and stories
- Story of Kansas - coloring book featuring Buddy the Buffalo
- Museum Store Online - offierng a variety of other materials available to assist you in planning your Kansas Day commemoration.