I love the Kansas State Historical Society! They have awesome stuff and Mary Madden, the Education & Outreach Director, works very hard to make that stuff available.
The most recent KSHS cool stuff is a book designed especially for elementary kids but is something I think even middle schools kids could use.
The 44-page full-color book is filled with photos, puzzles, games and Kansas stories. From stories about early explorers such as Coronado, Lewis, and Clark to modern innovators and entrepreneurs such as Jack Kilby and Russell and Clara Stover, Kid’s Kansas helps students discover their connection to Kansas’ past—and future!
Use Kid’s Kansas in your elementary classroom throughout the year, or save it for your Kansas Day activities in January. With sticker pages, a tear-out sheet of famous Kansan trading cards, and tear-out Kansas and United States flags, Kid’s Kansas will keep your students engaged as they make a connection to their state’s heritage.
KSDE will begin distributing Kid’s Kansas in late September 2011. And, wait for it . . . if you are a Kansas 4th grade teacher, you are eligible for a free copy. Free.
To get your free copy, email firstname.lastname@example.org.