Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Trekking across The States - Colorado (finally)

Hi Everyone, it has definitely been a while! We are so far behind in our State study that it's not funny! We have just had so much sickness in our house over the last 2 months it's not funny...........anyway, we finally made it to Colorado and learned some pretty interesting things:

First off, we did our little introductory page where we touched on the state shape, the state flower and the ski slopes.

We made our own Colorado state flag.

We learned that billions of coins are made at the U.S. Mont in Denver each year so we did a little coin counting activity.

We discovered many interesting things about the Rocky Mountains like the fact that there are more than 1000 Rocky Mountain peaks that are over 10, 000 feet high and 54 peaks that are over 14,000 feet high! We also found out that in 1893, Katherine Lee Bates wrote "America the beautiful" after looking at the view from Pikes Peak.

we also learned a little bit about some of the animals that live in the Rocky Mountains.

There seems to be a lot of debate about where the "cheeseburger" was officially thought up.........we went with Colorado as Louis Ballast (Humpty Dumpty drive thru) was awarded the trademark name for "cheeseburger".

In the 1970's, two of the biggest dinosaur skeletons were dug up near Grand Junction. Since Dinosaurs are a HUGE hit in our house, we spent most of the week doing a dinosaur theme. I have LOTS to share with you about that (in another post).

Some other things you can do with this state:

Coin rubbings

Don't forget to check out Get Down and Get Your Hands Dirty (Kristalyn did an amazing little ski race with her little guys) and Montessori Tidbits (Leann made a super cook skiing dice game for her son) for some other neat ideas!

The cute graphics you see in the "Trekking" button are from Scrappin Doodles. Thanks, Denyse for allowing us to use them!

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Wonder Mom said...

Oh, do I EVER understand the "sickies" keeping the kiddo learning down! We are in the midst of the "Stomach Bug from the Black Lagoon"- can't WAIT until all of us are back on are feet- and are eating things other than saltine crackers!

Hope you are all feeling COMPLETELY better now! :0)

~amanda said...

we're still following along :) we'll be on california next week so we're still behind you! Thanks for all you do :)

Joy said...

Thank you so much for everything you do! This is such an exciting unit. I see over at get down and get your hands dirty and montessori tidbits that they are on Georgia and other states. Do you have printables for these states? I'm not seeing them or am I looking in the wrong place. Thanks for helping me out. Joy

Deanna said...

Just found your blog. We, too, are doing the states in alphabetical order! Excited and gratefull to you for sharing. Thanks!

Lori said...

I too was wondering if there are printables for your trecking across the United States! LOVE IT!!!

Michelle said...

Hi Lore - I'm working on some new ones ut don't know when they'll be done :-)

Caterina said...

I was also looking for the printables for Trekking across the states. Thanks for your help

Michelle said...

Hi Caterina,
I have taken them down....they'll be back but not sure when at this point.

Caterina said...

Okay thanks.