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Road Trip USA: Wisconsin Geography Lessons


Wisconsin was named the 30th state on May 29, 1848. It is nicknamed “The Badger State” which originally referred to the lead miners of the 1830’s, who worked at the Galena lead minds in Illinois. The mines were in northwestern Illinois, close to the Wisconsin border. The miners lived in caves cut into the hillsides which were described as badger…

Road Trip USA: South Dakota Geography Lesson


  South Dakota was named the 40th state on November 2, 1889. It is known as “The Mount Rushmore State” because It is home to Mount Rushmore National Monument, located in Black Hills National Forest. The monument took 14 years and $1 million to complete.   Here are some of the things we learned about this week: Located South Dakota…

Road Trip USA: Ohio Geography Lessons


Welcome to this week’s United States Road Trip lesson on Ohio! Ohio became the 17th state on March 1, 1803. It has been nicknamed “The Buckeye State” due to the dense forests of buckeye trees that were once found in the state. Cleveland, OH is the home of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It is dedicated to archiving…

Road Trip USA North Dakota Geography Lesson


North Dakota became the 39th state on November 2, 1889. It is known as “The Peace Garden State” to commemorate the International Peace Garden on North Dakota’s border with Manitoba, Canada. The geographic center of the North American continent lies just south of Rugby, ND. From this point is approximately 1,500 miles to the Pacific, Atlantic, and Arctic Oceans, and…

Road Trip USA ~ Nebraska


Welcome to our Road Trip USA week on Nebraska! Nebraska was named the 37th state on March 1, 1867. It is nicknamed “The Cornhusker State” in recognition of the University of Nebraska football team, the Cornhuskers. Nebraska has more miles of river than any other state. It also has more underground water reserves and the largest aquifer in the U.S.…

Road Trip USA ~ Missouri


Welcome to our Road Trip USA week on Missouri! I can’t believe that we’re over half way done with the Mid-West region! Missouri became the 24th state on August 10, 1821. It was nicknamed “The Show Me State”, possibly due to a speech made by U.S. Congressman Willard Duncan Vandiver. In one of his speeches he said “I come from…

Road Trip USA ~ Minnesota


Welcome to our Road Trip USA week on Minnesota! 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…

Road Trip USA ~ Michigan


Hi and welcome to our Road Trip USA week on Michigan! I hope you are enjoying your journey thus far, we are having a great time learning all about the United States of America! Michigan was named the 26th state on January 26, 1837. It was nicknamed “The Great Lake State” because the Michigan shores meet four of the five…

Road Trip USA ~ Kansas


Welcome to our week on Kansas courtesy my Road Trip USA curriculum!   Here are some of the things we learned about this week: Located Kansas on our wall map Read our National Geographic Atlas and located Topeka, KS using the map coordinates. Worked on our 50 States and Capitals song State bird: Western Meadowlark State fish: Channel Catfish State…

Road Trip USA ~ Iowa


Welcome to our Road Trip USA week on Iowa. Iowa was named the 29th state on December 28, 1846. It is nicknamed “The Hawkeye State” supposedly after the scout, Hawkeye, in James Fenimore Cooper’s “The Last of the Mohicans” published in 1826. It is the only state in the United States whose east and west borders are almost entirely formed…