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Curriculum Materials

Education Materials

The following pre-visit and post-visit activities help students to prepare for Museum Education Programs at the Old Courthouse and Museum of Westward Expansion. These activities are tied into the Missouri, Illinois, and national standards for Social Studies and Language Arts.


Old Courthouse Programs
Trial Guides

Museum of Westward Expansion

Lewis & Clark (pre-visit) (post-visit)

Mountain Men (pre-visit) (post-visit)

Plains Indians (pre-visit) (post-visit)

Pioneers (pre-visit) (post-visit)

Homestead Farmers (pre-visit) (post-visit)

Cowboys (pre-visit) (post-visit)


Teacher Activity Guides

While not required, the following Teacher Activity Guides contain additional activities and resources to help students prepare for and reflect upon their Museum Education Program. Some of the resources include vocabulary words, reading lists and National Park sites related to your MEP.


African Americans of the West
(Introduction) (K-3) (4-6) (7-12)

American Indians of the Great Plains
(Introduction) (1-3) (4-6) (7-12)

Civics and Citizenship
(Introduction) (4-6) (7-12)

Freedom School
(Introduction) (1-3) (4-6)

Game of the West

History Mystery Game

Lewis and Clark
(Introduction) (4-6) (7-12)

Museum of Westward Expansion Tour
(Introduction) (1-3) (4-6) (7-12)

Pioneers on the Trail
(Introduction) (1-3) (4-6)

Did You Know?

Dinosaur cartoon

On September 10, 1804 on Cedar Island, in South Dakota, William Clark discovered the fossilized remains of the ribs, backbone and teeth of a plesiosaur. Plesiosaurs were animals who lived at the same time as the dinosaurs, but swam rather than walking on land. Clark thought it was a giant fish bone! More...