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|Teacher/Librarian Resources for Kansas Katie - A Sunflower Tale|
Kansas Katie in the classroom or library
|The history connection
||Why were settlers moving out
Where did they settle?
What did they find?
Katie says she "hiked" out West. Do you think she could have really done that?
Katie went west because she was curious about the prairie and the things she heard about Johnny Kaw and Paul Bunyan. Where did all the other pioneers come from and why did they go West?
How did the settlers who went West travel? Only by covered wagon? Were there other ways to travel? Boat? Horseback? Later by train?
Were there stores? Trading posts?
Could they just buy a house and move in?
Did they all live out on the prairie? Were there towns, too?
|What can you find out about the
kinds of places and things Katie mentions?
How many ways can you think of that your house is different than Katie's?
Your house and Katie's soddy -
How about water?
What about light?
What about cooking? How did Katie cook?
What about food? Where did Katie get hers?
What about a good place to sleep?
|Make Katie's Cookies
|Have fun trying Kansas Katie's
Makes about 4 dozen 2-Inch soft, chewy cookies.
This is the same recipe that is in the book.
||How long do you think it would
take you to get dressed if you had to wear these like Katie did?
A long dress or skirt
A long petticoat
An apron (at least when you were cooking)
A dress with buttons (no zippers)
High top shoes with lots of buttons?
A sunbonnet when you went outdoors?
Would you like to dress like that?
Would you be able to do everything you like to do in those
Find out whether someone in your community has pioneer
clothes you can show in the classroom or try on.
|Using Your Imagination
||Do you think Katie had neighbors?
If so, what did they think of her?
How far away do you think they lived?
What would kids think of her? Do think you would like to visit her?
Do you think Katie ever met Johnny Kaw or Paul Bunyan?
Find out about tall tales. Read some, then make up
|A Simple Sunflower Craft
(The thin kind with the "fluted" edges works best.)
White Non-Toxic Glue
Yellow Paint (Poster paint works well.)
Note: You could cut petals from yellow paper and glue them onto the plate instead of painting it.
Kansas Katie - A Sunflower
Tale (about the book)
Kansas Katie Fun for Kids
Kansas Katie themes - links (sunflowers and other good stuff)
Kansas Tall Tales (the book that includes Kansas Katie)
Tall Tale Read-Aloud Book List
Tall Tales and where Kansas Katie fits in
Gayla Brown creator of the Kansas Katie doll
Sunflowers and Kansas Katie themes - links
Take a walk on the Konza Prairie Nature Trail in June or October
Cottonwood Tree Photos
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Last updated February 20, 2008