Learn about the 50 States of the United States of America – each lesson will cover a different state, facts, basic history, and vocabulary. Be prepared to ask some questions!
Missouri – The Show Me State
- What is the most famous historical event in St Louis? What famous food came out of it?
- What famous composer lived in St Louis?
- Who is a famous author of Missouri, and what stories did they write?
- Missouri is the Gateway to the West, explain what this means?
- Explain the Missouri Compromise
- What are the main 3 things produced in Missouri?
- World’s Fair 1904, Ice Cream cones (and also hamburgers, hot dogs, pink lemonade)
- Scott Joplin, a famous ragtime composer. Here is some of his music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fPmruHc4S9Q
- Mark Twain is a famous author, he wrote the characters of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, and they celebrate every year in Hannibal by painting a picket fence white.
- Missouri, on the western border, was the starting point for many pioneers traveling out west on the Oregon Trail.
- Missouri Compromise was a legal arrangement for States to be added to the USA, where a Slave State and a Free State would be added together in the early days of the United States. It was when Missouri became a State in the United States of America.
- Beer, a beverage mostly made in St Louis, Lead a metal that is mined in Central Missouri, and Soybeans, farmed in Missouri.
Illinois – The Land of Lincoln
- What international food corporation started in Illinois?
- What was Abraham Lincoln’s job before he was president?
- What is the history of the Ice Cream Sundae?
- What were the effects of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871?
- McDonald’s started in Des Plains, Illinois
- Abraham Lincoln was a legislator working in Springfield as a lawyer/ before he was president
- Due to a restriction to ice cream being sold on Sunday’s by the church influence, the spelling was changed by shops selling ice cream to “sundae” in Evanston Illinois.
- It was devastating, 100,000 people lost their homes, 300 people died, 3.3 miles of the city burned. After that, building codes (guidelines) were improved to prevent future fires.