You know you are a Kansas girl when...

I love being a Kansas girl.
You know you are a Kansas girl when:

1. You {heart} Jayhawks or Wildcats.

2. You own a pair of cowboy boots.

3. Even if you've never lived on a farm,
you have some connections just in case you
ever need to borrow one of these...

4. The weather is KS never surprises you...today's high was mid
30's and projected high for Monday is 62.

5. When you travel and you say you are from KS, you've been
asked if you've ever seen Oz. 
True story.

6. You ALWAYS celebrate Kansas day!
{also my grandma's birthday}

This week in my classroom, we did all sorts of fun
Kansas activities.
I found some awesome printables by Kelly & Diane from
These ladies are from Wichita and really gave me so
many activities to teach my students our state symbols.
Here are some of their pics from their blog.
{I forgot to take pics while we worked on them}

We worked all week long during social studies
and reading on our Kansas activities and we
ended the day Friday with this:

The kids LOVED them.
It's always a hit every year and they work
so hard trying to come up with different
ways to make the pictures.
My teammate gave them to me when I moved
to 2nd grade but I don't know where she found them.

It was a great week...but still felt kind of long :)
This next week we begin a new reading unit
with the theme of fossils.
I've been scouring pinterest and blogs for ideas.
Last year, I bought a dinosaur themed cartridge
to use with my cricut to make
bulletin boards. I didn't use it that much so I hope
to get some time to make some awesome boards
to help my kiddos get excited about fossils!

One thing I know I want to do is this:

Let me know if you've got any ideas for teaching
about dinosaurs or fossils :)



  1. My in-laws live in Kansas. It looks like you had a fun time! My kids have KU and UK hats. :)
    I tagged you in a post. Come over to check it out!
    ❀Beth Ann❀
    Taming My Flock of Firsties

  2. aw how cute! And your pic looks PERFECT for KS :)

    I do a fossil bread with dinos! I buy the frozen rolls, and then split them. The kids put raisins in them for the outline of the bones, and then cover them up wit the other half of the dough and then our cafeteria bakes them for us - and they have fossil bread!

    We also do a fossil dig with dirt (soil) and a paper plate, dried pasta, and some glue! (the pasta are the bones) It's messy, but the kids love it!

    The Teachers’ Cauldron

  3. Love the fossil cookies! Kansas! You are my neighbor. I'm an Oklahoman neighbor ... and I'm your newest follower.

    First Grade Delight

  4. I love it!!!!! We made sunflowers this week and then start our Kansas unit next week. I have a whole binder of stuff, I will have to make you a copy when we get together!! The legends is great!! I can't do next week because I have some birthdays to go to but the next weekend might work.

  5. I LOVE all your Kansas stuff and I live in California! lol. I lived my whole life in Kansas until I got married but I still have family there and go back each year. I'm sending these ideas to my nephew who teaches in Kansas City. Just had to tell you it warmed my heart to read your post! :)

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  8. Do you do a fossils unit because you use Open Court? That's what I have (teaching in California). We do a sand cast fossil, molded fossils, and I made cookies with M&M's and Scooby Doo bones in it that students have to excavate! learningpage.com has great fact files for students to do dinosaur reports and lots of other themed worksheets. Some are free, but some you have to be a member to get!

  9. I taught summer school last summer and had a few cute lessons. For one math lesson we looked up the length of different dinosaurs, then used a hallway or gym and laid colored tape down for each length. We discussed units of measurement, compared the floor to a bar graph and talked about how to read it and answer ?'s. We also went on a nature walk to gather items to ma ke a fossil with clay. We then played guess what it is. The kids tried to guess what the fossils were like paleontologists. Just a couple ideas. Have fun!

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