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As a teacher, I always looked for ways to engage my kids in learning. I always looked for the one thing that would connect with all the kids. And the one thing that connects all kids to North Dakota is French fries and McDonald’s. Not sure what these have in common? Well, keep reading and it will soon be clear. North Dakota has amazing facts that just blow me away. Like for instance did you know the smallest city there is Maza. The population is five people. Nope, that is not a typo. Add a little science project in there by planting some sunflowers, just to let them know that North Dakota is the state that grows the most sunflowers. And I might just drop in there that it is also the home state of Josh Duhamel from The Transformers movies. And when we are studying reptiles, I can tell them that North Dakota hosts the World Championship Turtle Races.
I could also bring in art as well. Showing them pictures of the 38 feet high, 50 feet long, six ton Holstein cow named “Salem Sue”. And you can see a wonderful exhibit of sculptures when you travel down the Enchanted Highway. And they also have the world’s largest Buffalo Statue in Frontier Village in Jamestown. Yep, you guessed it that is when history would come in.
Physical education would be so easy to incorporate into this lesson. North Dakota has mountain biking, hiking, canoeing, kayaking, fossil digs, fishing, hunting, horseback riding, water parks, skiing and snowmobile trails. Can you just imagine the fun that will be had exploring these things? And let’s not forget there are tons of art activities that can be found as well. From museums to concerts to festivals, there will never be a dull moment in the classroom. I know what you are thinking but where do French fries and McDonald’s come into the picture? Well, this is where I would simply tell them that North Dakota has a potato processing plant that produces 400 million pounds of French fries a year. And guess who buys those French fries, yep you guessed it McDonald’s. After this lesson, I would let my student’s loose to explore the North Dakota tourism website.