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Wagons, Wheels, and Wings

Guided tour — Kansas Museum of History, Topeka

Grades — 2nd

Get on board this transportation tour! Wagons, Wheels, and Wings takes students through the museum gallery to explore different forms of transportation used in our state from 1854 to the present. Students will visit a covered wagon, steamboat, train, car, and airplane.

This tour addresses grade specific history, reading and writing standards and provides pre-and post-visit materials to help teachers fulfill those standards. Included within these materials is the Read Kansas! "Kansans on the Move" lesson.

Standards addressed:

Kansas History, Government and Social Studies Standards

Standard #4: Societies experience continuity and change over time

  • 4.1: The student will recognize and evaluate continuity and change over time and its impact on individuals, institutions, communities, states, and nations.

Kansas College and Career Ready Standards

  • SL 2.3: The student will ask and answer questions about what a speaker says in order to clarify comprehension, gather additional information, or deepen understanding of a topic or issue.
  • RI 2.1: The student will ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.
  • W 2. 2: The student will write informative/explanatory texts in which they introduce a topic, use facts and definitions to develop points, and provide a concluding statement or section.

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Length of tour: approximately one hour and 15 minutes, with a maximum of one tour per hour.

Number of students in a group: for the best experience, we recommend no more than 25 students per tour

Registration and scheduling: register online, or contact 785-272-8681, ext. 414; email KSHS.education@ks.gov.  Tours must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance.