Wornall Majors House Museums

Wornall/Majors Field Trips Meet Educational Standards!

A Civil War Field Hospital

The John Wornall House, built in 1858, was used as a field hospital during the Battle of Westport by both Confederate and Union soldiers. Students will learn about the Wornall family and how their lives were shaped by the Civil War, hear about the daily life of a Civil War soldier, and examine artifacts and learn to make inferences and draw conclusions. Whenever possible, costumed reenactors will be present (subject to availability).

Meets Kansas History, Government, and Social Studies Standards:
KS1.2 The student will analyze the context under which choices are made and draw conclusions about the motivations and goals of decision-makers.
KS4.1 The student will recognize and evaluate continuity and change over time and its impact on individuals, institutions, communities, states, and nations.
KS4.3 The student will investigate an example of continuity and/or change and connect that continuity and/or change to a contemporary issue.
KS5.1 The student will recognize and evaluate dynamic relationships that impact lives in communities, states, and nations.
Meets Missouri Social Studies Expectations:
MO3a.B Historical perspective/thinking/passage of time
MO3a.G Understanding the causes and consequences of the Civil War
MO7.A Identify, select, analyze, and evaluate resources to create a product of social science inquiry

Sustainability on the Frontier

When farmers arrived on uncultivated lands on the frontier, they made a significant impact on the local ecosystem. In addition to taking a social studies-focused tour of the Wornall House, students will explore the grounds of the former farmstead through STEM-based activities focused on native vs. exotic plants and the watershed. A unique merging of social studies and science, this field trip is a multi-disciplinary experience showing the interconnectedness of people and their environment.

Meets Kansas History, Government, and Social Studies Standards:
KS1.3 The student will investigate examples of causes and consequences of particular choices and connect those choices with contemporary issues.
KS4.1 The student will recognize and evaluate continuity and change over time and its impact on individuals, institutions, communities, states, and nations.
KS4.3 The student will investigate an example of continuity and/or change and connect that continuity and/or change to a contemporary issue.
Meets Kansas Science Standards:
5-ESS2-1 Develop a model using an example to describe ways the geosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, and/or atmosphere interact.
5-ESS3-1 Obtain and combine information about ways individual communities use science ideas to protect the Earth’s resources and environment.
Meets Missouri Social Studies Expectations:
MO3a.B Historical perspective/thinking/passage of time
MO5.B Understanding the concept of location to make predictions and solve problems
MO5.D Relationships within places/human-environment interactions
Meets Missouri Science Expectations:
MOESS2.A Earth materials and systems
MOESS2.C The role of water in Earth’s surface processes
MOESS3.C Human impacts on Earth’s systems

Daily Life in the Nineteenth Century

Ideal for classrooms that are looking for a more general glimpse into the past, our “Daily Life in the Nineteenth Century” field trip explores the lives of the Wornall or Majors family and how they interacted with their home spaces and objects inside of them. All field trip participants will take a museum tour, participate in a hands-on activity, and interact with artifacts.

Meets Kansas History, Government, and Social Studies Standards:
KS4.1 The student will recognize and evaluate continuity and change over time and its impact on individuals, institutions, communities, states, and nations.
KS4.3 The student will investigate an example of continuity and/or change and connect that continuity and/or change to a contemporary issue.
KS5.1 The student will recognize and evaluate dynamic relationships that impact lives in communities, states, and nations.
Meets Missouri Social Studies Expectations:
MO3a.B Historical perspective/thinking/passage of time
MO3a.G Understanding the causes and consequences of the Civil War
MO6.E Changing roles of various groups
MO7.A Identify, select, analyze, and evaluate resources to create a product of social science inquiry

A Journey Westward

Alexander Majors ran a shipping empire. Briefly, the company he co-owned held a near-monopoly on government freighting west of the Mississippi River. Through Majors’ story, learn about how people traveled and communicated across the “wild” west. Students receive a house tour, participate in a “load your wagon” activity and put themselves in the mindset of travelers exploring new frontiers through the use of primary sources.

Meets Kansas History, Government, and Social Studies Standards:
KS1.2 The student will analyze the context under which choices are made and draw conclusions about the motivations and goals of the decision-makers.
KS1.4 The student will use his/her understanding of choices and consequences to construct a decision-making process and to justify a solution.
KS4.1 The student will recognize and evaluate continuity and change over time and its impact on individuals, institutions, communities, states, and nations.
KS4.3 The student will investigate an example of continuity and/or change and connect that continuity and/or change to a contemporary issue.
Meets Missouri Social Studies Expectations:
MO1.E Character traits and civic attitudes of significant individuals
MO3a.A Understand the movement of people from many regions of the world to North America
MO3a.B Historical perspective/thinking/passage of time
MO3a.F Westward Expansion and settlement in the US
MO5.F Understanding relationships between and among places
MO7.A Identify, select, analyze, and evaluate resources to create a product of social science inquiry

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The John Wornall House

6115 Wornall Road
Kansas City, MO. 64113

816.444.1858

The Alexander Majors House & Barn

8201 State Line Road
Kansas City, MO. 64114

816.444.1858

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