Idaho: One State Among 50 That Offers a Fun Lesson for Summertime Learning
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Idaho: One State Among 50 That Offers a Fun Lesson for Summertime Learning

trivia about Idaho

On July 3, 1890, Idaho established statehood. When you and your children think of Idaho, you may think of potatoes. But, what else do you know about this state? If you don't personally live in Idaho or know someone who does - why should you even think about Idaho?  Right about now, summertime may have lost some pizazz for your children; and, you may be hearing, "Mom, I'm bored!"  Learning fun facts about a subject can spark some education in your summer.  Did you know that heroes, Lewis & Clark have a highway named after them (United State Highway 12). According to State Handbook & Guide (SHG) Resources, it is the shortest route from the midwest to the Pacific Coast and the longest highway within a national forest in the nation.  Did you know that political figure, Sarah Palin, was born in Idaho on February 11, 1964?

So, if you’re ready for a roadtrip full of learning, climb aboard.  A successful tool in remembering or truly learning something is to find information about the subject you’re attempting to learn which is interesting. Here’s some more interesting trivia about Idaho from SHG and fun facts about Idaho:

Not so good news for chocolate lovers:

Idaho law forbids a citizen to give another citizen a box of candy that weighs more than 50 pounds.

The economy of Idaho City originally developed around gold mining in the 1860s

. . .  would have thought it was potatoes!

Or, how about this fascinating fact.  it's not Hollywood, but Idaho:

Rigby is known as the birthplace of television since it is Philo T. Farnsworth's hometown. Farnsworth pioneered television technology.

And, for all you musicians:

Weiser is Home of the National Old Time Fiddlers Contest.

Another fun way to learn geography or any subject is to study it in a unit study. A unit study dives into individual topics so that the student will see things as a "whole" instead of bits and pieces that make no sense thrown around outside of their context.  A unit study is an in-depth study of a specific topic (such as animals, states, space, etc.). As the student seeks out information on the topic, other subjects of learning unfold, such as history, geography, science, art, etc.  Sometimes it snowballs into a weeklong discovery of what started out as a seemingly simple topic.

About.com is a wonderful resource on unit studies. It is jam-packed with fun information. You can do fun activities such as printing a map of Idaho, printing out a state fact sheet to fill in for each state you study such facts as state bird, flag, tree, etc. Learn about Boise, Idaho’s state capitol. Have fun with an Idaho word search sheet and more.

For more fun: check out this potato video from Spuddy Buddy :

For more info on Idaho:

Idaho potato nutrition facts

Idaho history

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Comments (5)

R U high I'm from Idaho an there truly is nothing fascinating about it unless you like Mexicans and an ass backwards republican, morman run state

excuse me I meant to say MorMon More man than woman

Hah! LOL thanks for the good laugh. Sorry to hear you don't like where you live. I was just trying to have some fun with Idaho.

Sorry about my comment the other day, must have been ina crappy mood. Hope you can forgive me, ps I liked the thoughtful article.

Hey - Thanks for apology.

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