50 State Study: Ohio

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We completed all of our activities for Ohio in one week, but there were several books I wasn’t able to fit in that I wanted to do something with, but I didn’t have quite enough for a full second week, so we moved on.  I’ll probably talk about those more in my post at ABC & 123.
What’s included in the lapbook:

My Great Invention– Ohio is the home to the Invention Museum, and I found a great book about inventions taking place in Ohio.  The kids designed their Lego creation and then wrote about it in their book.

Covered Wagon– Anything that is a cut and paste is a hit around here.  This was no exception.  The boys loved figuring out how to best protect people and what they REALLY needed.  The girls loved filling their wagon with kitchen stuff.

Neil Armstrong, what I want be when I grow up– After reading about how hard Neil Armstrong worked to become an astronaut we talked about what we need to do to get the job we really want when we grow up.
State Symbols pages – another ladybug.  I really wanted to do something with the trilobites, but couldn’t think of a good activity.  Anyone have a good trilobite activity?

Ohio: Invention Museum


Cromwell Dixon’s Sky-Cycle is about a young boy who wants to do something BIG!  He tries many different things and keeps failing.  Along the way he is teased for his failures, but he never gives up, and his Mom always believes in him.


Eventually he fulfills his ambition and builds his big invention.


This went perfectly with my discovery from the Teacher’s Guide to “B is for Buckeye” (I may not have access to the books, but I can read the teacher’s guides to get ideas), Ohio has an inventors’ museum.


What else can you do with a museum like that, but try to  invent something.  This time however I wanted my kids who tend to jump straight into the making to concentrate more on the process.




First they drew what they needed to make their invention.  I had originally planned on working with recyclables, but it was not a good day for that, so we used Legos.  Princess literally traced every Lego piece she intended to use.  Which rather amused me.


Then they wrote what it will do.  My boys created variations on flying machines.  I’m not sure what Princess’ did.



And finally they created their inventions.


Which I found out required many guns and soldiers.  Then more soldiers.


I love my boys.

I’m gonna link this over at A Mommy’s Adventures for stART.

learning laboratory at mama smiles Shibley Smiles

Ohio: Neil Armstrong

I’ve been fairly lucky in the books I’ve found for our 50 state studies, mostly they’ve worked really well for what we’ve been trying to do.  This one was another of our lucky finds.
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It does a great job talking about Neil Armstrong and his dreams, but it also explains how it DIDN’T JUST HAPPEN.  He worked really hard from about 10 years old to be able to fly planes and eventually to be an astronaut.

So, while I plan to eventually do some fun crafts with them about this, for meeting with our friends we talked about what we wanted to be when we grow up and what we need to do to get ready.

We talked about all of the jobs he took, and all of the school he had to go through.

Of course my kids didn’t quite have a realistic plan, mostly.

Batman plans to be a ninja when he grows up, so to do that he needs to start collecting ninja weapons.

Superman plans to be a policeman and then a ninja.  He also needs to collect weapons.

Princess plans to be a missionary, and she needs to learn a lot about God.

Of those, only one is at all a viable plan.  You can be a missionary.  You can’t be a ninja policeman, or not legally.
Linking up to: All Things Beautiful

Ohio: Wagon trains

The problem with many of the “frontier” states, and at one point Ohio was a frontier, is there are a lot of similar books and ideas in them.  I found a couple of great stories and all of the original ideas I had I’d done before or I wanted to save until we got to a later frontier state. 

Poor me.  In my head as I say that I’m hearing “Poor Wendy, poor Wendy….” from the Mary Martin Peter Pan.
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Aurora Means Dawn is a great book about a family who heads out west to a promised thriving town only to find things aren’t as they pictured.  It was a great way to talk about what it would have been like with no stores, no neighbors, and few supplies.

Warm as Wool is a story about a family that is living in the cold Ohio winter and don’t have warm enough clothing.  Finally the Mother is able to get some sheep and how hard they work to grow their flock.  I would have loved to of gotten some wool roving to go with this book, but then I would have had wool roving and I’m NOT going to pick up wool felting.  I have ENOUGH hobbies.

So, I went with an old stand by fill up your covered wagon (link goes to the printable).  We spent a long time talking about what was needed to go West.  After talking for a while and reading the books, I think the kids mostly did a good job of thinking through their plans.  The only thing they didn’t really choose that I thought would have been smart was seeds.  Otherwise they stuck to good planning.