Saturday, January 29, 2011

Happy KANSAS Day!!!

All week long we have been learning about our great state of Kansas.  Today {January 29th} Kansas celebrates it’s 150th birthday . . . and there is a real Kansas Showdown taking place on the basketball court tonight.  That’s right KU plays K-State tonight.  So yesterday we wore our favorite Kansas team shirts and made some art projects to show our favorite team some support.





{As you can see our class was divided.} DSCN3949

This week we also made a book about our Kansas state symbols this week.DSCN3881DSCN3902DSCN3882

  Just for fun see if your child can identify each one of these symbols and tell you something special they learned about it.  This shouldn’t be hard for them because at the end of the week we practiced putting all of the symbols in ABC order and writing a sentence on each page. 

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    Here are a few other Kansas themed projects we did this week:

On Monday we discovered what our state insect was by making this hidden picture grid art project.

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On Tuesday we learned about our state flower.  First we read a book about the lifecycle of the sunflower .  Then we read a story called Sunflower Sal about a girl named Sal who made a quilt on the Kansas plains out of sunflowers that she planted.  Then we followed a pattern and made a class quilt.  Everyone got to make their own sunflower block.


We also learned how to write numbers in expanded form this week.  We did a fun little basketball themed activity on the Promethean board where we recorded the scores from our favorite Kansas teams and wrote them in expanded form.  Then we ordered the scores from least to greatest. DSCN3954 DSCN3950DSCN3951  DSCN3953

At centers this week we . . .

used a Kansas map to find towns that began with each letter of the alphabet.DSCN3918 DSCN3867

We covered a few Kansas symbols {Jayhawk and an Ornate Box Turtle} with patterns blocks and graphed how many of each kind of block we used.DSCN3865DSCN3875DSCN3866

We sorted words by consonant digraph endings {ng, nd, nk} on box turtle cards.DSCN3873DSCN3863

We sorted  pictures on sunflower cards by digraph sounds {ch, sh, th, wh}.DSCN3874DSCN3889 

We solved addition math problems on petals of a sunflower and matched them with the correct answer.

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We also unscrambled sentences about our state symbols.  DSCN3907 

Happy Birthday KANSAS!!!


Chrissy said...

These are so fabulous! As a first grade teacher in Kansas I always love seeing how other teachers celebrate Kansas Day! Thanks for sharing!

jenae said...

I love this! Did you use a resource for all the activity books/pages, or make them yourself? I would love to do this with my kiddos for next year!