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Trading on the Santa Fe Trail

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Grade Level:
Upper Elementary: Third Grade through Fifth Grade
Social Studies
Lesson Duration:
90 Minutes


Overview: Kansas Historical Society offers a highly interactive exploration of life and culture on the trail through the use of a traveling resource trunk. The trunk provides educators with a variety of primary source documents, historical artifacts and photographs. The lessons focus on Kansas and United States history; Most lessons require the physical use of the trunk items.


Lessons and activities in the trunk are directed at a fourth grade audience, although the information and materials included in the trunk can be adapted for use with other ages. See lesson plans.

Link to Lessons: https://www.kshs.org/p/trading-on-the-santa-fe-trail-trunk-manual/18269

Link to Trunk Loan Program: http://www.kshs.org/p/guidelines-for-traveling-resource-trunks/14968


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Last updated: September 20, 2017