Curriculum Materials

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

Teachers' Guide

Life on the Frontier Packet

Sweep Through History Packet

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.

Virtual Resource Center.

3. Lesson plans designed specifically for classroom use are also included on this site. Lesson plans are featured below.

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  • Fort Scott National Historic Site

    Bleeding Kansas - Sparks of War

    sketch of two groups of men yelling at and drawing guns on each other

    Why was Bleeding Kansas important to the history of the US? What is popular sovereignty and what is its importance with American government?

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Middle School: Sixth Grade through Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    Social Studies
  • Cherokee on the Trail of Tears

    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.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Third Grade-Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    American Indian History and Culture, History, Social Studies
    Keywords:
    Permanent Indian Frontier, Indian Removal, trail of tears
  • Fort Scott National Historic Site

    Bleeding Kansas: Sparks of War

    Men facing each other and drawing guns

    Bleeding Kansas deals with the years leading up to the actual start of the Civil War, during a time when the Kansas Missouri border was in the forefront of the news. It was a period directly before official war was declared between the Confederate States of America and the United States of America. This lesson will teach students about the guerilla warfare that took place, the important people involved and the events that eventually helped spark a nation to full out Civil War.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Sixth Grade-Ninth Grade
    Subjects:
    Civil War, History, Law, Regional Studies, Slavery, Social Studies, Westward Expansion
    Keywords:
    Bleeding Kansas, John Brown, James Montgomery, Border Ruffians, Kansas-Missouri Border, Abolitionist, Pro Slavery, Free State
  • Five different park maps showing various NPS units with four closed and one open.

    This is a classroom based, free teacher led program. National Park Legacy Voyagers is designed for ninth through twelfth grade students so they can go on an exploration of National Park Sites and learn about National Parks. Lesson plans include reading, writing, community service, presenting activities. Activities focus on cultural and natural resources and reasons for national parks. Activities feature budgeting and planning activity.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Ninth Grade-Twelfth Grade
    Subjects:
    Biology: Animals, Biology: Plants, Earth Science, Geology, History, Oceans
    Keywords:
    National Parks, legacy, cultural resources, natural resources, heritage, climate change, careers, Wildland-Urban Interface
  • Map showing U.S. expansion through the years.

    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.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Sixth Grade-Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    History, Mexican War, Military and Wartime History, Social Studies
    Keywords:
    geography, maps, treaty, Economics, U.S., mexico