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Farm Family in Kansas - Extensions

Ideas for using this trunk with other ages and youth groups

The teaching manual for this trunk is designed for use in a classroom with students from first through third grade.  The materials contained in the trunk can be used with other ages and in other settings in a variety of ways as highlighted below.

Classroom Use

The 2004 Kansas History and Government; Economics and Geography Standards are cited here.

Seventh Grade

Cattle leaderKansas History 7, Benchmark 3, Indicator 7 - Uses primary source documents to determine the challenges faced by settlers and their means of adaptations (e.g., drought, depression, grasshoppers, lack of some natural resources, isolation).

Use the letters, diary entries, reminiscences and photographs included in the trunk to examine challenges faced by settlers and how they adapted.

Examples include:

  • Page 10 - objects: cattle lead; butter churn, mold and paddles.  Challenge--Father is away from home for winter.  Adaptation--Children to more chores.
  • Page 11 - Photo #4.  Challenge--Little wood on prairie for fuel. Adaptation--Collect and burn buffalo and cow chips.
  • Page 24 - Challenge--Suffering from malaria while taking care of livestock and young children. Adaptation--Prepare in advance.
  • Pages 57-58 - Photos #18 and #19.  Challenge--Low temperatures and blinding snow of a blizzard combined with taking care of family and livestock. Adaptation--Stay in bed. Reverse animals in stalls.
  • Pages 23 & 63-64 - Photo #22. Challenge--Prairie fires threaten property and life. Adaptation--Entire family fights fire. Teach children self-reliance. Plow around buildings and crops.


Cub Scouts Achievement

Tiger Cub

Husking corn with a husking hookMaking My Family Special, 1G - Go to a library, historical society, museum, old farm, or historical building, or visit an older person in your community. Discover how family life was the same and how it was different many years ago.

  • This trunk is about the life of a farm family in Kansas in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

Bear Cub

Tell in your own words what folklore is. List some folklore stories, folk songs, or historical legends from your own state or part of the country.

  • Tall Cyclone Stories - page 59, Tall Tales About Kansas - page 66. and photo #26 - Droughty Kansas


Girl Scouts Activity

Daisy Scouts

The Girl Scout Promise, "To help other people at all times."

  • Explore how children have historically helped their families in Kansas. "The Work of Kansas Farm Children" section uses letters, journals, objects, photographs, and hands-on activities to teach about how children helped their families. Objects in the trunk can be used to make butter, pit cherries, peel apples, grind coffee, and more.

Nature in action.

  • "The Work of Kansas Farm Men" section of this manual includes stories and photographs of the impact of nature from tornadoes and grasshoppers to blizzards and drought.

Brownie Scouts

Listening to the Past - 4. Tell stories of the Past.

  • Life in late 1800s Kansas will come alive as you learn about blizzards, chores that girls had to do, laundry day, and much more. Learn about the lives of men, women and children who lived in Kansas in their own words through letters, diaries, and memoirs. Peek into the lives of Kansas settlers through photos of the families at work and play. Try your hand at grinding corn, planting seed, churning butter, and more.

Junior Scouts

My Heritage - 5. From Yesterday to Today.

  • Make butter, design a quilt square, plant corn, or do many other things that your ancestors did. Objects such as the butter paddles and butter mold, corn planter, coffee grinder will provide you with some of the tools you'll need. Photographs will help bring the lives of Kansas settlers alive.

My Heritage - 10. Host a Heritage Night.

  • Use the contents of this trunk to set up an exhibit for your troop meeting and to help demonstrate how our Kansas ancestors lived and worked.

Studio B Scouts

Women Through Time - Technology 4 - Learn a skill, domestic art, or craft practiced by women in earlier times but replaced by technology and busy lifestyles.

  • Make butter, design a quilt square, grind coffee, pit cherries, peel apples, and more. Use photos, letters, diary entries and more to learn about these tasks and then use equipment in the trunk to do them yourself.


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