Welcome to the Eight For Each State US Geography tour. I am so glad you are joining us.
Wyoming was a ton of fun for us. Cowboys, rodeos, and fictitious animals made us gasp and giggle. Come along with us and enjoy some good old fashioned western fun as we study Wyoming!
Be sure to check out all of our US Geography resources to help you plan a complete study of the USA.
These amazing books are worth finding for your state study. The pictures and fun rhyming text have brought interest and uniqueness to a unit study that could have easily gone dry after 20 or so states. The Discover America State by State books have kept us going, learning about all the special people, places, animals, plants, and geography that make the United States such an amazing country to live. Sometimes there is a board book with riddles too!
Other books we use for our notebooking pages are:
More books and a fun video on rodeos:
Hard Hat Harry: Rodeo Adventure – This looks like a fun video available on Amazon Prime.
Rodeo Coloring Book – Dover makes detailed coloring books that my older kids enjoy using their fine tip markers and colored pencils on. The price can’t be beat either.
The Jakalope was the creation of taxidermist Douglas Herrick and was displayed in a Wyoming hotel, where it received its name. We thought the joke was so funny we decided to make some of our own animal combination creations. Below are the results.
Stories featuring the Jackalope:
Song of the Jackalope by – A collection of short stories about the legend of the jackalope.
4. Grand Teton Chalk Art
We absolutely love Southern Hodgpodge’s American Landmark Chalk tutorials. They are fun and easy to use. The Yellowstone Grand Teton tutorial is both lovely and simple for your budding artist. I highly recommend this resource for your US Geography study.
Ruth is in love with Yellowstone. It is on her list of places to visit and I’m not sure that once we get her there we will ever get her to leave again. She poured over every picture and book we could find. Enjoy these Yellowstone resources.
Who Pooped in the Park? Yellowstone National Park: Scat and Tracks for Kids by Gary D. Robson – A fun guide with scat and track information for some of the most common animals in the park.
What I saw in Yellowstone by Durrae Johanek – If we were going to take a trip to Yellowstone, which I hope we will someday, I would certainly make this book a part of it. Great pictures and information on what you might see and a small place to record when and where. Not too much pressure to make it “schooly,” but just enough to keep as a souvenir of your journey.
Yellowstone Moran: Painting the American West by – The story about the young painter who joined the scientists exploring the region in 1871. What looks to be a beautiful book.
8 Tips for Visiting Yellowstone National Park with Kids – Highlights of Yellowstone with one family who visited and tried to go off the beaten path a bit. I love the tips under each feature for seeing the park with kids. For example, it is windy here, leave hats in the car.
6. Milk Can Stew
Ruth loved the idea of Milk Can Stew, a stew that cowboys made in milk cans over the fire with whatever they had. Well, we took that idea to heart and made a hamburger stew with whatever we had. And, it was so good, we forgot to take a picture! Here is a recipe idea to get you started.
Wyoming’s state flower is the Indian Paintbrush. We enjoyed reading about the story about how it came to be. We also learned that this beautiful flower is a parasite. It eats the root systems of other plants, mostly the sagebrush.
Geysers are created when water trickles down and meets the heat of molten rock. When molten rock is close to the surface, water boils and shoots out of the rock violently. Many geysers are found in Yellowstone National Park. Enjoy these geyser resources as you learn more about them.
C is for Cowboy: A Wyoming Alphabet (Discover America State by State)Little Wyoming (Little State)Wyoming: The Equality State (Exploring the States)Hello USA Wyoming 2/EHard Hat Harry: Rodeo AdventuresRodeoB is for Buckaroo: A Cowboy Alphabet (Sports)C is for Cowboy: A Wyoming Alphabet (Discover America State by State)Rodeo Coloring Book (Dover History Coloring Book)JackalopeSong of the JackalopeWho Pooped in the Park? Yellowstone National Park: Scat and Tracks for KidsYellowstone (Wonders of America)What I Saw in YellowstoneYellowstone Moran: Painting the American WestThe Legend of the Indian PaintbrushGeysers: What they are and How They Work
Geysers: What They Are And How They Work by T. Scott Bryan – A highly reviewed book on how geysers work. Geysers in Yellowstone are the main focus, but geysers all over the world are also mentioned.
How the Beehive Geyser Works – A cool picture explanation from the Yellowstone National Park website.
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