Road Trip USA: Kentucky

Hi and welcome to our Road Trip USA week on Kentucky!

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Kentucky is the 26th state and known for it’s finest thoroughbred race horses. It is also known as “The Bluegrass State” due to the vast expanses of Bluegrass across part of the state. They also have underground deposits of limestone which make the bluegrass in Kentucky famous! Also located in Kentucky is the Louisville Slugger Museum where you can go see the world’s largest baseball bat and glove!

  • Located Kentucky on our wall map
  • Read our National Geographic Atlas and located Frankfort,  KY using the map coordinates.
  • Worked on our 50 States and Capitals song
  • Learned about the state and it’s flag
  • State Fish: The Kentucky Spotted Bass
  • State Bird: The Cardinal
  • State Flower: The Golden Rod
  • State Horse: The Thoroughbred
  • The Kentucky Derby, did a mock horse race
  • Louisville Slugger Museum
  • Famous People: Daniel Boone
  • U.S. President: Abraham Lincoln the 16th President of the U.S.
  • Food: Kentucky Fried Chicken
  • Classified the animals of Kentucky
  • Read: If You Traveled on the Underground Railroad by Ellen Levine

 

Here are some of the pictures I managed to capture during our visit to Kentucky:

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Each week we read through our National Geographic Atlas, then take turns finding the capital city as well as other fun things in the state using our excellent mapping skills that we’ve gained through our trip.

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We also add our state to the Trend USA Wall Poster. I purchased two, then cut one up and put velcro dots on each state so it is easy to add them as we go through our trip.

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As I read through our state facts the kids color in their state worksheet. This helps them to remember what they’re learning as well as keep busy while we’re reading through the information. It’s a great way to get a visual imprint of each states fun facts as well as good for a quick review.

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One of our favorite parts is adding our state animals to our classification wall. We have to take turns on these since they’re hot items!

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We also add our newly found state to our bulletin display.

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At the end of our trip we always add our state flag to our travel journal before moving on to the next state!

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Since it was a review week, we played games and added Louisiana and Kentucky mini-books to our southeast notebook page.

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And that wraps up our Kentucky study! If you’d like to come along with us on our Road Trip USA journey, click the image below to learn more!

 

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2 Comments

  • Samantha February 16, 2012 at 8:10 am

    Love all of your ideas!!!! Very Creative!!

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  • TracyDK February 16, 2012 at 9:02 am

    Kentucky was the birthplace of Abraham Lincoln as well as Jefferson Davis (the only Confederate President, though he didn’t really want the position or for the confederacy to secede from the union). As a matter of fact when it was time to restore their log cabin homes, they had to combine the timber because some of it was rotting. So some of the logs at Lincoln’s cabin are actually from Jefferson Davis’ birth home. The state butterfly is the Viceroy. Also Johnny Depp, Billy Ray Cyrus, Florence Henderson, and The Everly Brothers (who sang “Wake up little Suzie”) are all from Kentucky. 🙂

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