Elementary / Middle School 2-8

See also Spreadsheet of ALL LESSONS - BY GRADE LEVEL & SUBJECT
*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, and other educational resources. 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 - Story + Bison Weight Data Activities - Grades 3-7
http://keep.konza.k-state.edu/ (links lower right box)
Konza Environmental Education Program
[Lessons to go with FREE BOOK "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

Kansas Prairies - Grades 4-6
Kansas Ag in the Classroom
Also, here is a helpful one-page background reading for students "The Prairie Ecosystem."
After studying the prairie biome, the lesson in environmental education is necessary to show students the interdependence of animal life with their environment. Students will learn about the organisms found on the prairie and identify various food systems that allow them to eat or be eaten.  After studying the prairie biome, students will match the main idea with the word or words in the box on the provided worksheet, determining the significance of a group of words, phrases, or sentences. After reading about the importance of the prairie and how wonderful and alive it is, students will write a poem about the prairie using similes and creative comparisons.
Science, Language Arts-Reading, Language Arts-Writing

Kansas Ponds, Lakes & Reservoirs - Grades 5-6
Kansas Ag in the Classroom
Students will use Google Earth to study the ponds, lakes, and reservoirs in Kansas. They will examine the characteristics, similarities, differences and the geographical distribution of each. Students will come to understand that the majority of ponds and lakes in Kansas are not natural but are made by humans, which may lead to the discussion of the importance of constructing such bodies of water.
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