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    National Expansion Memorial Missouri

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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?

Cartoon grouse

The Lewis and Clark expedition sent back animals to President Jefferson from Ft. Mandan. Four magpies, a prairie dog, and a sharptailed grouse were sent back with Corporal Warfington. Unfortunately, only the prairie dog and one magpie survived the arduous journey. Learn more about the journey here. More...