Road Trip USA: New Mexico

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New Mexico was named the 47th state on January 6, 1912. It is known as “The Land of Enchantment” due to its scenic beauty and rich history. “Smoky the Bear”, the symbol of the U.S. National Forest Service was born in New Mexico. In 1950, he was found trapped in a tree when his home in Lincoln National forest was destroyed by fire. In 1963, in Smokey’s honor, the New Mexican legislature chose the black bear to be the official state animal.

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

  • Located New Mexico on our wall map
  • Read our National Geographic Atlas and located Santa Fe, NM using the map coordinates.
  • Worked on our 50 States and Capitals song
  • Learned about the state and it’s flag
  • State Bird: The Roadrunner
  • State Flower: The Yucca Plant
  • State Gem: Turquoise
  • State Aircraft: The Hot Air Balloon
  • Famous Landmarks: The Santa Fe Trail
  • Famous People: Geronimo
  • Food: New Mexico is home to Hatch which is known as the “Green Chile capital of the world.” The Chile can be red or green depending on the state of ripeness when picked. Typically harvested when still green, Chile is New Mexico’s prime agricultural crop. It is a popular ingredient in everything from enchiladas and burritos, to cheeseburgers, and pizzas.

Here is my white board for the week, we use this to review all of the state facts and symbols each day.

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Tinker Bell added New Mexico to our United States Bulletin. After that we reviewed all of the states we’ve learned so far on our travels.

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After learning about the animals symbols for New Mexico, we classified and added the animals to our USA animal wall!

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We took turns locating Santa Fe, New Mexico in our National Geographic Atlas.

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They all completed their state worksheets as we read through all of the New Mexico state facts in our curriculum:

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Then the Teeny Tot had the honor of adding the state to our wall map.

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Famous People: Geronimo (one who yawns) was born in 1829 in what is now western New Mexico. He was a leader of the Apache Indians and fought against U.S. and Mexico for their expansion into Apache tribal lands during the Apache Wars. He fought until 1886 when he finally surrendered at Canon de Los Embudos in Sonora. When he surrendered he had a U.S. Military Winchester Model 1876 lever-action rifle with a silver-washed barrel and receiver. He also had a Colt Single Action Army revolver with a nickel finish and ivory stocks. Both are on display at the Fort Sill museum in Lawton, OK.

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Geronimo, Chiricahua Apache leader. Photograph by Frank A. Rinehart, 1898.

 

Famous Landmarks: In 1821, the Santa Fe Trail became the first international commercial highway and was one of the nation’s great routes of adventure and western expansion. The transportation route through connected Missouri with Santa Fe, New Mexico. The route crossed the territory of the Comanche’s, who demanded compensation for right-of-way. The trail extends nearly 1,200 miles across five states and played a vital role in the expansion of the U.S. into the lands it had acquired.

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Hot Air Balloon: For the state aircraft, we did a fun hot air balloon activity to show how hot air makes the balloons rise! This took a little bit of finesse and persistence, but after several tries we finally got a good flight!

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To complete our week on New Mexico, we sealed the deal by adding the state flag to our Travel Journal

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Since it was a review week, we played our state jeopardy game and added Arizona and New Mexico to our Southwest notebooking page:

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And that wraps up our New Mexico 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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7 Comments

  • Leigh Ann September 6, 2012 at 1:14 am

    Hey! New Mexico was the state we started with since it was our home at the time. My girls really enjoyed the hot air balloon craft! Thanks!

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  • Homeschool on the Croft September 6, 2012 at 4:00 am

    What a wonderful journey! I’m definitely going to ‘click on the photo below’ to find out more 🙂

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  • Michelle Murray September 6, 2012 at 7:17 am

    I love this Road Trip Idea! It’s so fun! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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  • Kelly Girl September 6, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    Whew…. I don’t know how you keep things rolling with 4 little kiddos. I’m only in my 2nd year of homeschooling but this is my first ‘official’ year teaching two kids at once. I’m learning to make adjustments, with the Lord’s help. 😉

    BTW- I love your blog. I hope you don’t mind but I posted your link on my sidebar. It’s new and I’m still learning but I’m hopeful that blogging will be a good way to connect with other homeschool families. I’m also finding that blogging holds me accountable to our school activities, which is a good thing. 😉 If you have any tips, they would be appreciated. 🙂

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    • Louanne September 6, 2012 at 7:37 pm

      You can do it Kelly. I remind myself that all these moms started with 1 kid and added on – not all at once. This site is a great resource for me and Erica has lots of good tips.

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  • kelly September 6, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    We are from NM and love the hot air balloons. I helped create a free lapbook from http://www.homeschoolshare.com . My kids loved doing it. =0)

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  • Jamie September 11, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    What a neat study! I love learning about the states, always have. Your kids look like they are having a blast!

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