Grade 4

Web Field Trip

Prairie Days

After reading Skylark, learn more about the American prairie, its settlers, and the challenges they faced at the following Web sites. After you've visited each site, print and fill out a Web Field Trip Log to show where you've been and what you've learned.

Click here for the Web Field Trip Log.

Memories of a Kansas Farm Boy

All day, the hot wind had been blowing
its breath across the grass.
All day, the hot sun had been shining,
a ball of burnished brass.

That's how Winton Slagle Sipe begins his memoirs of life on the Kansas prairie in the early 1900s. He writes about the joys and hardships of a farm family's life — plowing the dry, baked ground; trying to "break" a horse to ride; eating gruel (which other families used as hog feed) for breakfast. Sipe notes, "By today's standards, I am sure we would have been considered underprivileged children. But at that time, no one told us we were, and we had no way of knowing we were. So we were probably one of the happiest families in Kansas."

What's It Like Where You Live? Grasslands
Here you can learn about different types of prairies, or grasslands, in Kansas and other parts of the Midwest as well as in other parts of the world. There's information about grassland plants and animals, an interactive story about life on the prairie, and even an e-film about grasslands in the United States.