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Facts About Kansas

Updated on November 3, 2018
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I'm a homeschooling mom learning about Kansas with my kids. These awesome links will save you hours of research for your Kansas state study!

Field of Sunflowers
Field of Sunflowers | Source

Kansas: The Sunflower State

Fast facts about the State of Kansas, for an overview of Kansas history, geography, and landmarks. Every week in our homeschool, we choose a "state of the week". This lens is a record of what we learned and useful for periodic review. We hope you enjoy learning something new about Kansas!

Welcome to Kansas
Welcome to Kansas

Kansas was named after the Native American KANSA tribe.

Kansas State Flag

Kansas State Flag
Kansas State Flag | Source

Important Places in Kansas

A
The Capital and Evel Knievel Museum:
Topeka, KS

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B
FIrst Fort West of the Mississippi River:
Ft. Leavenworth, KS

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C
The Famous Gun Fighters Wax Museum and Boot Hill Museum:
Dodge City, KS

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D
Geodesic Center Of the United States:
Osborne, KS

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E
Geographic Center of the United States:
Lebanon, KS

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F
Cawker City, Kansas has the World's Biggest Ball of Twine:
Cawker City, KS 67430, USA

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G
Goodland, Kansas has the world's largest Easel:
Goodland, KS 67735, USA

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H
Comanche was the last U.S. Army survivor of Custer's Last Stand.:
Lawrence, KS, USA

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I
Wizard of Oz Museum, Wamego, Kansas:
Wamego, KS 66547, USA

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J
Cosmosphere space museum:
Hutchinson, KS, USA

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Song to honor Comanche's Bravery

Comanche was the only living thing that survived the Battle of Little Big Horn. Comanche died in 1890 at Fort Riley. Comanche's meaty remains were buried with honors, then his hide was given to the Kansas Natural History Museum and stuffed. You can see Comanche today in a glass case, wearing in his cavalry blanket and saddle at a Roadside America exhibit in Lawrence, Kasas.

Controversial Political Art of M.T. Liggett in Mullinville, Kansas

Scrap metal sculpture art of M.T. Liggit
Scrap metal sculpture art of M.T. Liggit | Source

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What states border Kansas?

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Kansas FREE Outline Maps

Blank outline map
Blank outline map | Source

D-maps is my favorite place on the web to get FREE custom outline maps to label!

Choose between borders, counties, cities, roads and/or water.

Kansas State Symbols

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Kansas State Mammal: American Bison Kansas State Tree: Cottonwood (Photo courtesy of Kansas Historical Society)Kansas State Flower: Sunflower (Photo by Bruce Fritz, USDA, ARS)Kansas State Bird: Western Meadowlark (Photo by Will Elder, NPS)Kansas State Amphibian: Barred Tiger Salamander (Photo Wikimedia Commons)Kansas State Insect: Honey Bee
Kansas State Mammal: American Bison
Kansas State Mammal: American Bison | Source
Kansas State Tree: Cottonwood (Photo courtesy of Kansas Historical Society)
Kansas State Tree: Cottonwood (Photo courtesy of Kansas Historical Society)
Kansas State Flower: Sunflower (Photo by Bruce Fritz, USDA, ARS)
Kansas State Flower: Sunflower (Photo by Bruce Fritz, USDA, ARS)
Kansas State Bird: Western Meadowlark (Photo by Will Elder, NPS)
Kansas State Bird: Western Meadowlark (Photo by Will Elder, NPS)
Kansas State Amphibian: Barred Tiger Salamander (Photo Wikimedia Commons)
Kansas State Amphibian: Barred Tiger Salamander (Photo Wikimedia Commons)
Kansas State Insect: Honey Bee
Kansas State Insect: Honey Bee | Source

Kansas Symbols Quiz

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More Kansas Games Online

Learning Games For Kids have a Sunflower State games page that includes word searches, puzzles, unscrambles, memory matches, and nature call quizzes!

Kansas State Seal

Great Seal of the State of Kansas
Great Seal of the State of Kansas | Source

On May 25, 1861, the Kansas State Legislature adopted the state's seal with this design:

  1. The east is represented by a rising sun in the right-hand corner of the seal.
  2. To the left of it, commerce is represented by a river and a steamboat.
  3. In the foreground, agriculture is represented as the basis of the future prosperity of the state by a settler's cabin and a man plowing with a pair of horses.
  4. Beyond this is a train of ox-wagons going west.
  5. In the background is a herd of buffalo, retreating, pursued by two Indians on horseback.
  6. Around the top is the motto, "Ad astra per aspera," meaning "To the stars through difficulties".
  7. Beneath is a cluster of thirty-four stars that identify Kansas as the 34th state to enter the Union.
  8. The circle is surrounded by the words, "Great Seal of the State of Kansas January 29, 1861."

Kansas is the Geographic Center of the USA! - Located 2 miles northwest of Lebanon, KS

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Plaque
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Plaque
Plaque | Source

In 1918, the Coast and Geodetic Survey declared this location "the Geographic Center of the United States". A stone monument with a brass plaque
was installed in 1940, before Alaska and Hawaii joined the union.

The Geodetic Center

is the point at which all measurements for North America are taken.

Osborne, KS is the Geodetic Center of the United States

Roadside marker of  the Geodetic Center of the United States
Roadside marker of the Geodetic Center of the United States

The plaque is in Osbourne, the official marker is on Meade's Ranch, off the highway.

Famous People in Kansas

Amelia Earhart Trading Card
Amelia Earhart Trading Card | Source

What a fantastic idea- historical trading cards! Check out these beautifully designed trading cards, then print PDF files of the fronts and backs. Laminate for a sturdy study tool.

Weather in Kansas

Tornado Alley
Tornado Alley

Kansas is in Tornado Alley because it has many strong, violent tornadoes.

Kansas Agriculture - #1 Wheat and grain Sorghum producer in the nation!

Wheat harvesting
Wheat harvesting
Kansas Unit Study
Kansas Unit Study | Source

Free Kansas Activity Pages

Kansas Historical Society has many Coloring pages and activities.
Super Coloring Pages has great pages about Kansas
The U.S. Mint has nice state quarter coloring pages. The Kansas State Quarter was minted in 2005. There you can find the Kansas state quarter coloring page.

Check out the free Kansas unit study at DIY Homeschooler.

Kansas Lapbook Inspiration

Kansas State Song

Home On the Range Lyrics

Formerly "My Western Home."

Oh, give me a home where the buffalo roam,

Where the deer and the antelope play,

Where seldom is heard a discouraging word

And the sky is not clouded all day.

Chorus:

A home, a home where the deer and the antelope play,

Where seldom is heard a discouraging word

And the sky is not clouded all day.

Oh, give me the gale of the Solomon vale,

Where life streams with buoyancy flow,

On the banks of the Beaver, where seldom if ever

Any poisonous herbage doth grow.

Oh, give me the land where the bright diamond sand

Throws its light from the glittering stream

Where glideth along the graceful white swan,

Like a maid in a heavenly dream.

I love the wild flowers in this bright land of ours;

I love too the wild curley's scream,

The bluffs and white rocks and antelope flocks

That graze on the hillsides so green.

How often at night, when the heavens are bright

With the light of the glittering stars,

Have I stood here amazed and asked as I gazed

If their glory exceeds this of ours.

The air is so pure, the breezes so free,

The zephyrs so balmy and light,

I would not exchange my home here to range

Forever in azure so bright.

Words by Dr. Brewster Higley, music by Dan Kellyin c 1871 or 1872.

Come back again real soon!

Leaving Kansas Sign
Leaving Kansas Sign

What do YOU like best about Kansas? - Did you learn something new?

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    • lovetolink profile imageAUTHOR

      lovetolink 

      6 years ago

      @eccles1: I agree! No tornado alley for me! I'm sure it's a wonderful place to visit :)

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      eccles1 

      6 years ago

      I didn't know Kansas was in the middle of the usa it looks beautiful but the fact it is in the Tornado Alley ? I would not sleep well ! :) I know what happened to Dorothy and Toto !

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