Fort Scott's curriculum materials fall into three different categories.
1. Activity packets that accompany our field trips: Life on the Frontier and A Sweep Through History. Both packets have pre and post visit activities. Also available is a teachers' guide that accompanies both programs
2. Our virtual resource center which has a wealth of information abouf frontier life in the 1840s. Originally designed for high school students to research in preparation for giving programs at Fort Scott, this should be helpful to all teachers looking for instructional materials for the frontier period.
3. Lesson plans designed specifically for classroom use are also included on this site. Lesson plans are featured below.
In 1830, President Andrew Jackson signed the Indian Removal Act which led to the removal of nearly 46,000 Native Americans from their homes east of the Mississippi River to lands west of Missouri. Some tribes went peacefully knowing that they were no match for the US Army, however some tribes were tricked into signing treaties giving up their land while others were forced to march thousands of miles to their new homes which they were promised would never be taken by white settlers.
Students calculate the cost per square mile of the land purchased by the United States from Mexico after the U.S.-Mexican War. They compare that to the price of the Louisiana purchase and the purchase of Alaska. They then calculate the price paid in 1848 to what the price would have been today.