(Photo of an Indian Paint Brush ~ a Kansas wildflower and also our state flower. Taken in the Big Horn Mountains.)
Social Studies: Kansas, State Symbols, Prairie
Day 1: Today we read about Kansas in two wonderful books: S is for Sunflower ~ A Kansas Alphabet and One Kansas Farmer ~ A Kansas Number Book. My children liked the poetic rhythm of the books and I liked that if they wanted to know more about each topic, I could read the captions on the side. We learned lots of interesting things about Kansas and the book gave us some inspiration for our row.
For state symbols, I printed Erica's Road Trip USA lesson on Kansas and all three of the younger kids colored them (even little Bo wanted to color one).
Day 2: Today we read from a variety of books on the Kanas prairie: P is for Prairie Dog ~ A Prairie Alphabet, If You're Not from the Prairie, Out on the Prairie, Bluestem Horizon: A Story of a Tallgrass Prairie, and Prairie Storms.
Language Arts: Simile and Metaphor, Good Descriptive Writing
Day 3: We did the lessons straight from the manual.
We also had fun reading Well, I Never! because of the expression "when pigs fly" from the book.
Science: Organic Farming, The Grain of Wheat, Wheat to Flour to Bread
More books! We read Bread! Life on a Wheat Farm and Bread Comes to Life. . .
Ground some wheat to make flour. . .
And made chewing gum by chewing kernels of wheat.
After lots of chewing, we finally had a piece of wheat gum!
And with the flour we ground, we made a loaf of crusty no-knead bread.
Math: Acres, Grain Measurements
How many grains of wheat in a bushel? in an acre?
To find out, Malachi counted how many grains of wheat are in a tablespoon:
- 1 tablespoon = 580 grains of wheat
- 1 cup = 9,280 (16 T)
- 1 quart = 37, 120 (4 cups)
- 1 bushel = 1,187,840 (32 quarts)
- 1 acre = 118,784,000 (100 bushels)
(We used a calculator!)
Lesson from the manual.
Our FI♥AR Recipe: Kansas Farm Burgers
1 Kansas farmer in a field of amber grain.
Looking after cattle, he checks the sky for rain.
You have a piece of bread; you have a piece of meat.
One Kansas farmer grows a lot of what you eat. ~ One Kansas Farmer: A Kansas Number Book
Our Kansas Farm Burger:
- wheat bun
- 100% beef
We decorated with sunflowers (the Kansas state flower).
Eliana and I first picked out this fabric because it reminded her of Sarah, Plain and Tall.
But, then I found this fabric with a grain elevator and a wheat farm.
I'm participating in a FIAR Quilt Swap and super excited! It's taken me years to find fabrics to match each book we've rowed, and I am missing many. The only thing I'm not sure about is that I have enjoyed personally picking out each fabric with Malachi and/or Eliana, so each fabric print has a special meaning to us, based on how we rowed the book. I'm still excited because I'm sure we will be able to make many connections to each book anyways. The only thing I can't decide is whether I will make the quilts for the kids, or for me! :)
Climbing Kansas Mountains is a Five in a Row selection from Volume 3.
We are rowing Amber on the Mountain next.