Across the USA in 31 Days: Minnesota

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We are two days away from the end of our Across the USA in 31 Days series. Every day this month I have shared a small sample of printables from my larger eBook, which was released earlier this week. I hope you have enjoyed this month as we have traveled from state to state across the USA.

Did you know it is illegal to pick Minnesota's state flower? Learn more about this rare wildflower and its history with these FREE Coloring Pages! ::

If you’ve never been to Minnesota in the winter, I highly recommend it. Especially if you live in a more southern state. When I visited, with my college choir group, we were able to spend a fun afternoon exploring the city we were in and part of that included walking out on the frozen lake. It was such a fun and unique experience for this Oklahoma girl. I must admit, it was a little eerie at first, thinking there was so much water underneath us (at some point), but after a bit I eased up and we had fun “skating” across the ice together, taking pictures and just hanging out.

The state gets it name from the Dakota word for “clear blue water,” because of the large number of lakes in the state. Minnesota was admitted to the Union as the 32nd state on May 11, 1858.

The state flower is the Lady’s Slipper, adopted in 1902. It is known by several names – the pink and white lady’s slipper, the showy lady’s slipper or the queen’s lady slipper. This flower grows slowly in open fens, bogs, swamps and damp woods where there is plenty of light; taking up to 16 years to produce their first flowers. However, the plants live for up to 50 years and grow four feet tall. They bloom in late June or July and more than a century ago were favorite additions in rural church altars during the summer months. Because this wildflower is so rare, it has been illegal to pick, uproot or unearth the plants, since 1925. Today you can download these Minnesota State Flower Coloring Pages and let the kids color while you learn more about this flower. The coloring pages are available in print for the pre-writers, dotted manuscript for early writers and dotted cursive for upper elementary.

Resources for Geography

Here are some resources to use this month as we travel across the USA.

The United States of America: A State-by-State Guide

National Geographic Kids: United States Atlas

States & Capitals Pocket Flash Cards

Professor Noggin’s Geography of the United States

United States Geography Game – this is a FREE Download!!

The Scrambled States of America Game

USA & Canada Geo Puzzle

Quiz: US States, Capitals & Flags Game – this is another FREE Download!!

Melissa & Doug USA Floor Map

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Annette has been married to her husband and best friend since 2003. Together they are raising their six children to follow the Lord’s will, no matter what. Annette longs for the day when she will meet all her angel babies who have entered heaven before her. She enjoys creating fun and engaging printables, unit studies and curriculum for homeschool families. You can follow her crazy life at In All You Do where she blogs about marriage, parenting, and homeschooling all while maintaining her sanity. She is also the owner of Thrifty Homeschoolers, where she shares free printables and resources from around the web as well as deals on curriculum and homeschooling resources. You can also keep up with her via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.
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  1. This looks like such a neat and fun way to learn about the different states. This activity sounds like a fun adventure to do with the kids. I’ve never been to Minnesota, but have heard how beautiful it is a lot.

    Thank you for sharing with us on the #HomeMattersParty

    1. Thanks for hosting!! And yes, Minnesota is beautiful in the winter…so long as the roads are clear! 😉

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