North Dakota A Learning Experience

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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.

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  1. I have never been to North Dakota, and honestly never thought about going. But hearing more about it has definitely piqued my interest. My kids always enjoy exploring new places, and we may have to take a visit to North Dakota.

  2. I will check out this website. We are still hoping to plan one other family road trip and going to North Dakota would be a good option. Not too far from us and looks like there is a lot to explore and learn. Thanks for the great idea and information.

  3. I have only been to North Dakota one time and it was the middle of winter. It was freezing and I could not wait to leave LOL. I need to go back when the weather is better and appreciate some of the sites.

  4. This is perfect for a geography lesson for my homeschooler. Great website. We will be traveling soon so this a great way to teach our son and prepare for our vacation as well. Cannot wait to get our hands on teaching everything about North Dakota

  5. Seems to be a lot of fun activities for kids in North Dakota. My kids would go crazy to try some of them. They are super active kids! 🙂

  6. My husband and I have been to North Dakota but never have stop to explore. Now, I want to set a date to go back and take the kids, Look like they have a lot to explore and learn!

  7. I love learning about all of the different out of the way places. The smaller less touristy things are always the best things to do. That small city of 5 reminds me of this city in Puckerbrush Nevada that had a population of 13. Things like that are so cool. I know that I have heard North Dakota is beautiful. It is on my to go place list for sure.

  8. I have never been to North Dakota, always thought of it as a cold northern state. Though I love when there’s fun learning experiences like this, it always makes fun learning new things this way. Those birds are pretty awesome within itself, first glace I thought they were just a close up, then I realized it wasn’t real at all, lol.

  9. This is so cool. North and South Dakota are our neighbors, but I have only been to South Dakota. My aunt lives there, so we used to go quite a bit when I was younger! I had no idea about the fries or the sunflowers! I love sunflowers!

  10. I have yet to visit North Dakota but what a cool fact about the French fries. I do want to visit someday, it seems like a terrific place to bring your entire family. I know my daughter would love to come here with us when she is a little older. We love the outdoors!

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