Kansas Symbols - Trunk Manual
This trunk examines the concept of what a symbol is and then looks closely at the official state symbols of Kansas. The curriculum is divided into fourteen lessons. Each lesson is complete in itself and does not require information from other lessons in the manual. Thus lessons may be done in any order. Worksheets, photographs, and other materials needed to teach the lessons are not included in this online version of the manual.
Students locate Kansas on a map and draw themselves inside the state.
- Take a "symbols" walk.
- Play a board game.
- Read about the buffalo and do a 'felt board' activity.
- Read a story about a turtle named Fred and talk about turtles with a turtle puppet.
- Explore similarities and differences in birds and make a paper model of a Western Meadowlark.
- Read about honeybees, and do a honeybee dance.
- Explore the life cycle of an amphibian.
- Make a sunflower badge.
- Read about a Cottonwood grove to discover how a tree can be a timeline of history.
- Learn about the symbolism in our state flag as you assemble a puzzle of it.
- Make healthy soil.
- Listen to music from Kansas, and make musical instruments.
- Measure and compare different grasses.
- Estimate size and measure to check estimate.
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