Eight for Each State – Montana

Welcome to the Eight For Each State US Geography tour. I am so glad you are joining us.

Montana, the next stop in our US Geography study, is perhaps one of the most beautiful states I have never seen. The pictures we looked at and the wildlife we explored were breathtaking. Big Sky Country is a fitting nickname for a state with such wide open spaces and beautiful landscapes.

US Geography Montana Feature

We had fun learning a little bit about Montana’s wildlife, Native Americans, and a very special dog. Come along with us as we try a new cornbread recipe, play a track matching game, and read some great books.

1. B is for Big Sky Country: A Montana Alphabet by Sneed B. Collard III

We always enjoy these amazing books. B is for Big Sky Country is just as much fun as the rest of the series. Starting your US Geography state study with one of these books is sure to get it off on the right track.

With 26 plus separate juicy tidbits of information about Montana, choosing just a few becomes a good problem to have.

Below are two other book series we use to fill out our notebooking pages. They both offer history, culture, quick facts, and most importantly, a recipe from the state.

Montana: The Treasure State by Emily Rose Oachs

Montana Hello U.S.A. by Rita Ladoux

2. Montana State Videos

Montana US Embassy Vienna Video

Why study Montana History (a short history of Montana)


3. Wildlife Tracks Game

Montana has a huge population of wildlife. We first looked at Who Pooped in the Park? by Gary D. Robson and Tracks in the Wild by Betsy Bowen to familiarize ourselves with the tracks we might see if we visited Glacier National Park in Montana.

Then we had a great time playing this simple but fun Wildlife Tracks Game.

US Geography Montana Animal Tracks



4. Shep: Our Most Loyal Dog by Sneed B. Collard III

Get out the tissues! One of the juicy tidbits in B is for Big Sky Country was Shep. Shep loved his master so much he met passenger train after passenger train at the station where his casket was loaded, waiting for his master to return.


5. Forestry and the Timber Industry

Timber is one of Montana’s natural resources. Explore a little bit with these resources.

6. Montana Native Americans

Little Big Horn and General George Custer are names that most of us know. In 1876, Custer made his last stand against Sioux and Northern Cheyenne who resisted moving to reservations.

USA State Study Notebooking Pages

Enjoy these resources to find out more about the Sioux and Northern Cheyenne who called Montana their home.

7. Cheyenne Batter Bread

We found this interesting cornbread recipe in The United States Cookbook by Joan D’Amico. It turns out very soft and gooey. We all enjoyed it with our chili for dinner.

US Geography Montana Cornbread

8. Grandfather Buffalo by Jim Arnosky

I end with a charming book about the buffalo herds that roamed much of the great plains including Montana. Grandfather Buffalo is about as sweet as an animal story you can get with its gentle narrative of an old buffalo welcoming a new calf into the heard.



 B is for Big Sky Country: A Montana Alphabet (Discover America State by State) Montana: The Treasure State (Exploring the States) Montana (Hello U.S.A.) Who Pooped in the Park? Yellowstone National Park: Scat and Tracks for Kids Tracks in the Wild (Fesler-Lampert Minnesota Heritage) Shep: Our Most Loyal Dog (True Story) B is for Big Sky Country: A Montana Alphabet (Discover America State by State) Life in a Forestry Community (Learn about Rural Life) Rough & Ready Loggers (Rough and Ready Series) Famous Indian chiefs Indian Legends of American Scenes If You Lived With The Sioux Indians Custer’s Last Battle: Red Hawk’s Account of the Battle of the Little Bighorn Custer’s Last Stand (Graphic History (Graphic Planet)) The United States Cookbook: Fabulous Foods and Fascinating Facts From All 50 States Grandfather Buffalo



What are your favorite Montana books?



  • Jen says:

    I am SO excited to find this 8 for Each State series!! This will be a fantastic resource in our US geography study next year. Thank you for sharing!

    • Jessica Lawton says:

      I am so glad you are enjoying it! Stop back in and let us know how it is going for you next year!

  • natalie says:

    just wondered when you thought you might be finishing these? the link I have doesn’t have all of the states linked…?

  • Pam Barnhill says:

    Natalie – Over the next few weeks. Summer and a new baby has slowed us down, but the final few are almost done.

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