Read Kansas! Intermediate - I-4 Explorers in Kansas
This fourth grade lesson is designed to teach students about four early and influential expeditions in Kansas. Students will read cards about the explorers (Coronado, Lewis and Clark, Pike, and Long), assume the explorer’s identity, and then be interviewed by a team of two students. All students will experience both roles of explorer and interviewer. The lesson is designed to take three class periods but can be adjusted to meet individual class schedules.
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4th Grade Kansas History Standards:
- Benchmark 1, Indicator 3: The student describes the observations of the explorers who came to what was to become Kansas (e.g., Francisco Coronado, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, Zebulon Pike, Stephen Long.)
4th Grade Reading Standards:
- Benchmark 4, Indicator 2: The student understands the purpose of text features (e.g., title, pictures/illustrations, etc.) and uses such features to locate information in and to gain meaning from appropriate-level texts.
- Benchmark 4, Indicator 4: The student generates and responds logically to literal, inferential, and critical thinking questions before, during, and after reading the text.
Kansas College and Career Ready Standards (Common Core ELA):
- RI.4.5: The student describes the overall structure (e.g., chronology, comparison, cause/effect, problem/solution) of events, ideas, concepts, or information in a text or part of a text.
- 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.