Sunday, January 15, 2012

Kansas Activities

So . . . it sounds like there are a lot of you out there in blog world that are enjoying a three day weekend.  Man are we jealous!!!  We have get to spend the day attending a health fair and lots of exciting meetings in our district.  I bet you’re a little jealous now, right?!?!  As a little treat for all of you who will be at home we decided to throw a sale in our TpT store.  Through the end of the day tomorrow every item has been discounted 20%.


As we’ve mentioned before, every year we celebrate the birthday of our great state of Kansas at the end of January {January 29}.  We always do lots of activities that teach our students about the symbols of our state.   You can click on our class blog links below to see and read more about what we’ve done in the past.

diane's blog           kelly's blog 

This year, however, we are going to do things just a little bit different.  It’s always fun to mix things up a little bit, right???  So, we’ve made a new set of Wonderful Wizard of Oz Math & Literacy Centers that we will be using during center time to reinforce several of the skills we have been working on.  Then we will supplement a few of our favorite {older} activities into our schedule throughout the week.  These are activities and project that students can do independently at their desk or with a partner.

So, if you are a Kansas teacher here are a few freebies just for you!!!

The first one is a book that we will use at the end of the week.  After learning about the state symbols student will glue them in ABC order.  Then they will write a complete sentence about each picture using correct capitalization and punctuation.  We will create a word bank on the board for students to refer to that has words such as:  bird, mammal, insect, flower, tree, amphibian, reptile to use in their writing.


click {here} to download Kansas Symbols activity

We also have a cut and paste set of Kansas sentences that students can unscramble to learn facts about our state.  Students will cut out each row and arrange the words to create a complete sentence about our state symbols.  Then they will write the sentence correctly on the line using their neatest handwriting.


click {here} to download the Kansas Sentence Scramble activity

Another fun activity that students always enjoy involves using a map of the state of Kansas.  Somehow we both ended up with a class set of Kansas maps years ago.  They sat in our cabinets untouched for several years.  Then we created this little activity.  You would be surprised how much fun your students will have working with a partner to find towns on the map that begin with each letter of the alphabet.  It’s great little exploration activity to introduce basic map skills.


click {here} to download the Map of Kansas activity

We are both BIG basketball fans so we created an activity that focuses on writing numbers in expanded form for three well knows Kansas teams.  Usually at this point in the year we have just introduced this skill in our enVision math series.  On each score card are the scores for all three basketball teams.  Students have to write each teams score in expanded form.  Then there is a separate space for them to order the numbers from least to greatest and write who had the highest score for the week.clip_image006[7]

click {here} to download the Kansas Basketball activity

We also like to have a Kansas spirit day.  It’s always a lot of fun because all the kids on our team (of four classes) show up decked out in their favorite Kansas team clothing.  Several of you have seen our class blog posts and asked for copies of the tracers for our Jayhawk and Wildcat art projects that we do on this day.  We would be more than happy to share them with you.  We typically let students choose which project they would like to make and then hang them out in the hallway with a sign that says {A Classroom Divided} or {A Hallway Divided}.  This year we will be mounting them on the front of our conference folders.  Conferences just happen to fall the week of our Kansas celebration .


click {here} to download a copy of the Wildcat and Jayhawk tracers

And help us give a BIG thanks to our friend and fellow teacher Miss Keckler for letting us share the Jayhawk tracers she made.  Both art project fit nicely on an 9x12 white background to display.



  1. It is a good day to live in Kansas...your activities look great!
    First Grade Blue SKies

  2. As a fellow Kansas teacher, I say thanks for all the great free Kansas Day activities! I will also be at school tomorrow (with kids)!!!

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  3. This Kansas teacher says "Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!!"

  4. Here's another appreciative Kansas teacher! Thanks so much.

  5. Wow! Thank you so much for sharing all your great ideas! I'm looking forward to using them. You two are so nice. :D

  6. Kinda wish I still lived in Kansas. These would be great activities. I have a friend here in AZ that went to KU when I did (we even lived in the same dorm, but didn't know each other). We always call each other to say happy KS day!!! Pretty silly, huh??? ROCK CHALK!!!

  7. A big THANK YOU from southeast Kansas!! Printer is humming as I type! I will definitely put them to good use!! :o)

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  8. Wonderful, thank you so much. I shared your blog page, TpT page at our inservice today. So hopefully I sent more followers your way!!!
    From your neighbor in Hays, Kansas.
    Sarah Mackey

  9. Wish I was from Kansas! Great activities!

  10. Thanks so much for these fun resources!

  11. THANK YOU! My first graders will be excited to use these activities. Really appreciate not having to re-create the wheel!!

  12. From one KS first grade teacher to another, THANK YOU!

  13. Well, Sarah Mackey shared this site with me and I am a 4th grade teacher that adapted it for my students and they loved the activities. Especially the basketball math!!! Thank you for the wonderful activities!

    Another Hays Teacher

    Shannon Demel