Saturday, October 8, 2011

Study America Saturday ~ Kansas

We took two weeks to study Kansas. The farming aspect of Kansas went so well with our Science unit of Nutrition and The Human Body that we dug in a little deeper than our normal book, coloring page, notebooking page and license plate map.

We read the books Kansas from the Rookie Read About Geography series and Farming by Gail Gibbons.

We also read Climbing Kansas Mountains by George Shannon. This book was about a little boy and his father who, because there aren't really "mountains" in Kansas, drove to the wheat silos and climbed to the top to view the farming landscapes.

We learned, however, that Kansas really does have some cliffs, hills and even a summit at Mount Sunflower which is in excess of 4,000 feet. It's not completely flat farmland like we tend to believe.

We studied the topography of the state of Kansas and made a salt dough map to demonstrate it. Brynne painted it primarily yellow to represent the color of wheat, Kansas' greatest crop, and sunflowers, Kansas' state flower.

In studying wheat, we watched a couple of movies: Vrrrooommm 1: Farming for Kids and Bread Comes to Life: A Garden of Wheat and a Loaf to Eat.

We did a cereal comparison worksheet, comparing bran cereal and a sugary kids cereal. And then we made wheat bread together.

If you studied about America this week, in any way, feel free to link up!!


  1. Lovely state study. Cooking, a map and good books!

  2. I love the cereal comparision. Looks like you fit lots of fun into your learning.

  3. I always laughed when we watched Smallville and they'd show the shots of Kansas "mountains," and these old growth forests...... Really, in Kansas?

    I'm gonna have to see if our library has this book for when we study Kansas.


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