Elementary / Middle School 2-8

*NOTE ON TRAVELING TRUNK lesson below: Though we encourage teachers to actually borrow Traveling Trunks, if that is not possible, the on-line resources for each trunk contain valuable tools & activities for lessons that can also be conducted independently.
Nature’s Notebook- Grades K-8
Kansas Dept of Wildlife
Downloadable 300 page book of information and activities about Kansas wildlife and nature. Rich source!

Tadpole Tales - Frog Growth, Songs, Types - Grades 2-6
River Science Curriculum of Friends of the Kaw River
Students read and see photos/videos about frog development and stages. Includes “Sing Like a Frog” activity with video clips of common frogs calling. Also “Name That Frog,” and “Virtual Froggie” activities.

Autumn Calf - Bison Weight Data Activities - Grades 3-7
Konza Environmental Education Program
[Lessons to go with book “The Autumn Calf” that is available free of charge to teachers, libraries & schools (call (785) 587-0381 or email Konzaed@ksu.edu).] Book is about a Konza Prairie bison calf and its struggle to survive on the Kansas prairie. Beautiful illustrations & sidebars with extensive info on Tallgrass Prairie ecosystem, bison, etc. In accompanying activities, students utilize prediction and data interpretation skills within real life context of weight data on the Konza bison herds. See materials at: "Have you Ever Wondered What a Bison Weighs?" and "Bison Weights over Time" activity and "Bison Weights Over Time" data.
Reading, Math, & Science

Prairie Food Chains - Grades 4-6
Kansas Ag in Classroom lesson
To explore the organisms found on a prairie and identify the various food systems that allow them to either eat or be eaten. May also use Prairie Tic-Tac-Toe activity at:

How Much Stormwater Runs Off Your House? - Grades 4-6
River Science Curriculum of Friends of the Kaw River
Water quantity issues. Students measure size of their house, estimate roof size, and calculate amount of rainwater that runs off in a one-inch rain.

Kansas Women and Their Quilts - Grades 4-6
*Traveling Resource Trunk - Kansas State Historical Society
15 Lesson Plans. Students using this trunk will explore Kansas history through the quilts women made and used from the early days of settling Kansas to the recycling of the 1930s to our contemporary world. Quilts, objects, historical documents, photographs and more enable students to explore women's roles and responsibilities in settling Kansas. The fifteen lesson plans in the trunk manual offer opportunities for teaching social studies, reading, math, art, and more to a fourth through sixth grade youth. Students examine immigrant guides and a packing list as they learn about the life of pioneers settling in Kansas. Pages from a nineteenth century mail order catalog and the geometry of pieced quilts connect math into the study of rural free delivery and fabric.
Social Studies and Art