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Activities keep students focused on Kansas Day

Posted Date: 02/06/2018

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Activities keep students focused on Kansas Day

A variety of facts along with multiple methods of acquiring knowledge on Kansas Day, kept the students moving and learning about their state all day long.

Second and third grade teachers developed centers in each of their classrooms last week to celebrate Kansas’ birthday. The students rotated from room to room, collecting facts about important Kansans, interesting sites to visit, state symbols and how the settlers first arrived in the Midwest.

In Darilee Bideau’s classroom, the second graders drew all the major rivers onto a Kansas map, noting where they started and left the state. With water being an important resource, settlers tended to follow the rivers and seek a homestead where there was a reliable water supply.

In another classroom, third graders memorized state symbols as they played Bingo. Janea Lawrence asked questions, about the state flag, flower or song, and the students identified the correct answer on their bingo cards. The second graders in Kelsey Fox’s room practiced their state symbols by learning yoga poses. They stood on one foot, with the other toe notched at their knee for the tall and straight Cottonwood, then swayed from side to side with arms and legs wide open to illustrate the fields of wheat swaying in the breeze.

Elsewhere, second graders iced sunflower cookies and then ate them, as another class compared their height to that of an average sunflower. In some cases it took two students laying end to end to be as tall as the paper sunflower laid out on the classroom floor.

In Heather Grady’s class the students watched a video about Amelia Earhart, then practiced making and flying their own paper airplanes. Down the hall,  the students in Sylvia Spicer’s class learned what ingredients make butter and then practiced making their own in a jar. Working in groups, the students used a timer and took turns shaking their jar vigorously while watching for any changes taking place. Once the mixture began to coagulate, it was only minutes from tasting the homemade butter on pieces of bread. They were surprised to find that it tasted like butter.

Story by: Connie Woodard