Several of these ideas will work for younger grades than I currently teach, but when I first started to scour the web for ideas, I thought I'd be teaching first grade. Although, I think we may have to do a little celebrating in 5th grade too!
Diane & Kelly from Made for 1st Grade created a wonderful packet of free activities including:
ABC Order for Kansas Symbols
Kansas Sentence Scramble
Expanded Notation of numbers using KS basketball teams
Kansas Art tracers
Great activities especially for those in K-3!
In high school, I worked for the local library, categorizing and organizing materials from the start of our little town in the 1800's. I love history so I enjoyed this part of working for the library almost as much as leading Story Hour/Summer Reading program. What I didn't realize back then was what a WONDERFUL resource the Kansas State Historical Society is, especially for lessons with kids!
This lesson is Common Core aligned for grades 3-5, a small cost $2-3 you can have a lesson on Kansas crops that focuses on reading expository texts and sequencing.
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I just noticed that there are lessons available from primary to high school.
The KSHS has compiled a list of ideas on how to celebrate that you can check out here. There are many more resources for teachers and students to check out.
An art activity that I thought was cute was this "Sunflower Sculpture"
A snack that fits under the same sunflower theme that's a healthy alternative to the tasty "dirt" cups. To find out the how to, just click the picture.
This read aloud, written by a teacher, has beautiful illustrations that highlights the sights of Kansas.
The Kansas Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom, has a page devoted to Kansas day that talks about some of Kansas' well known symbols. There is also a link that leads to free pdf lesson plans on specific state symbols. Click the picture to check it out.
Kansas truly is a beautiful state and a great place to live. Happy Birthday, Kansas!