Road Trip USA ~ Minnesota

Welcome to our Road Trip USA week on Minnesota!

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Minnesota was admitted to the Union on May 11, 1858 as the 32nd state. It is known as the “Land of 10,000 lakes” because it has 11,842 lakes and 90,000 miles of shore line. The waters in Minnesota flow in three different directions, north to Hudson Bay in Canada, east to the Atlantic Ocean, and south to the Gulf of Mexico.

 

Here are some of the things we learned about this week:

  • Located Minnesota on our wall map
  • Read our National Geographic Atlas and located St. Paul, MN using the map coordinates.
  • Worked on our 50 States and Capitals song
  • State Fish: The Walleye
  • State Bird: The Common Loon
  • State Flower: The Lady Slipper
  • State Insect: The Monarch Butterfly
  • Famous People: Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald
  • Food: The Honey Crisp Apple
  • Common pastime: Ice Fishing

 

Here are some of the things I managed to capture on film…well, digital film that is ;o)

 

Here is my review white board. We review our board daily just to help with our state facts.

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At the end of each week we made sure to add the Minnesota state flag to our Travel Journal. (The travel journal and flags are all included in  Road Trip USA.)

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We read through National Geographic Atlas Minnesota page, then take turns locating things based on the mapping grid.

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Of course we learned fun facts for Minnesota and the kids colored their worksheets while we’re coving the state facts for the day.

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Of course we added our Walleye, Loon, and Monarch Butterfly to our animal wall. You can download the free United States Animal supplement here.

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Tinker Bell added the state to our state bulletin display. Once we’re done with this, whoever gets to add the state runs a quick review session pointing to a state then asking for it’s name, region, abbreviation, and 1 interesting fact about the state.

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And Turbo got to do the honors of adding Minnesota to our Trend USA Wall Poster.

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We tried some Honey Crisp apples, the Minnesota state fruit! Yummm!

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Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald was born in 1896 in Saint Paul, MN. He was an American author of novels and short stories, and is widely regarded as one of the greatest American writers of the 20th century. He is most well known for writing novels such as The Great Gatsby and Tender is the Night.

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We closed out our week with a fun butterfly craft. Using the butterfly template in the Road Trip USA curriculum, glue, and crumpled tissue paper squares we made colorful butterflies!

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I’m lazy and found these tissue paper squares at Lakeshore Learning and thought they’d be perfect for our crafts! I’m so thankful as we’ve used them for many different activities!

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Here is Strawberry Shortcake’s completed butterfly:

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Since it was a review week, the kids cutout their state mini-books for Michigan and Minnesota, the colored them in.

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Once completed, we add them to a divider tab in our Road Trip USA binder.

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And that wraps up our Minnesota 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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6 Comments

  • Jackie May 31, 2012 at 6:55 am

    Whoo Hoo for Minnesota. Glad you didn’t add that is is VERY COLD here in the winter YUK. And the mosquito has been called our state bird :-(. Also glad you didn’t add The Mall of America as I don’t like being known for just that. We have the most beautiful north woods, and way more than 10,000 lakes. And yes that apples mmmm. We are also know for the Harolson, and the Zestra both really good. Thanks for talking about my state today.

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  • Jenn R. May 31, 2012 at 8:55 am

    Yay for Minnesota! Love the butterfly craft, so colorful, had to Pin it!

    (This is so not important, but I would want to know, so I’m just mentioning that in Scott Fitzgerald’s Birthday the numbers need to be switched around.)

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  • Christine May 31, 2012 at 9:09 am

    I’m from MN….I was waiting for this on your trek across the country!

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  • Patricia June 1, 2012 at 5:19 am

    Congratulations on such a fun curriculum. It looks like a lot of fun and good learning! I love Minnesota, lived there for 5 years, although not particularly fond of the long winters 🙂 Loved the butterfly craft!

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  • Marlene June 3, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    This is such a cool curriculum! I hope to use it with my kiddos next year 🙂 along with your letter of the week for my 3 year old !!! LOVE your creations!!!

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