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Why is Montana so amazing?

Updated on December 10, 2016
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Are you looking for fun worksheets and lapbook pages, children's books, and YouTube video clips for teaching and/or learning about Montana? Whether you're a school teacher, homeschooling parent, involved parent, librarian, lifelong learner, or a student searching for ideas and books on Montana, look no further! This is part of a series of pages I created while teaching about the fifty states. You can find the links for my pages for each of the 50 states at Teaching the 50 States of America .

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Fun Tidbit About the State: Sapphires

Judith Basin has only sapphire mine in the US, and it has a special type of sapphire that is only found there. Supposedly, it is the only sapphire in the world that is naturally blue straight from the ground. Other sapphires must be fire-treated to reach the cornflower blue color associated with sapphires used in jewelry.

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Fun Tidbit About the State: Glacier National Park

With 250 lakes and gorgeous Rocky Mountain scenery, Glacier National Park is the most visited place in the state Going to the Sun Road in Glacier Park is considered one of the most scenic drives in the US.

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Image credit: http://www.nps.gov/

Fun Tidbit About the State: Custer's Last Stand

Near Billings, Lieutenant Colonel Custer and the 7th Cavalry Regiment took their last stand as they were slaughtered by the Lakota, Northern Cheyenne and Arapaho people including Crazy Horse.

We preferred the History Channel version of Custer's Last Stand.

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Fun Tidbit About the State: Varieties of Mammals

Montana has the largest variety of mammals in the US. It has the most grizzly bears and trumpeter swans in the lower US and the largest migratory elk herd in all of the US. Pronghorn antelope actually outnumber humans in the state!

Fun Tidbit About the State: Artist Charles Marion Russell

As a teenager Charlie Russell moved to Montana where he unsuccessfully worked on a sheep ranch. He eventually took up painting, at which he was much more successful. Through his art he captured The Old West. Many of his works, along with his home and studio, can be seen at Charles M. Russell Museum Complex in Great Falls.

Our Favorite Children's Books on Montana

Our Favorite Picture Books on Montana

B is for Big Sky Country: A Montana Alphabet (Discover America State by State)
B is for Big Sky Country: A Montana Alphabet (Discover America State by State)

This is my favorite series on individual states. Each page has a simple rhyme concerning the word starts with that letter and then includes a bit more about that particular regional animal, location, etc. It provides a wonderful overview of what makes each state unique. Both modern and historical aspects of the state are includes. Plus, the illustrations are beautiful!

 
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First Dog: Unleashed in the Montana Capitol by Jessica SolbergGood Night Montana (Good Night Our World) Board book by Adam GambleMontana's Sights and Symbols (Kid's Guide to Drawing America) by Jaycee KuedeeAlfred Visits Montana by Elizabeth O'Neill
First Dog: Unleashed in the Montana Capitol by Jessica Solberg
First Dog: Unleashed in the Montana Capitol by Jessica Solberg
Good Night Montana (Good Night Our World) Board book by Adam Gamble
Good Night Montana (Good Night Our World) Board book by Adam Gamble
Montana's Sights and Symbols (Kid's Guide to Drawing America) by Jaycee Kuedee
Montana's Sights and Symbols (Kid's Guide to Drawing America) by Jaycee Kuedee
Alfred Visits Montana by Elizabeth O'Neill
Alfred Visits Montana by Elizabeth O'Neill

First Dog: Unleashed in the Montana Capitol by Jessica Solberg is a cute story that mainly talks about how the state government operates. The story is told from the point of view of the governor's border collie.

Good Night Montana (Good Night Our World) Board book by Adam Gamble is part of a wonderful series of board books that goes through the main landmarks, history, etc. of each state. It has wonderful illustrations and the perfect amount of text to make it ideal for the youngest of listeners. This board book on Montana includes dinosaur digging, Yellowstone National Park, Glacier National Park, elk, grizzly bears, elk, cattle ranches, and more.

Montana's Sights and Symbols (Kid's Guide to Drawing America) by Jaycee Kuedee is part of a great series that combines state geography with art. Each page contains something about the state (a state artist, the state flag, bird, tree, capitol building, areas of interest, and animals.) A photograph will be included along with a brief explanation about that item. Then the page opposite of that includes step by step directions on how to draw that symbol or site. Even my 6 year old is able to follow the drawing directions, and I've been amazed at how well my 9 year old has been drawing each of the state flags as he follows the instructions in the book.

Alfred Visits Montana by Elizabeth O'Neill is a cute picture book that is part of a fun series that follows Alfred the Elephant as he visits the main attractions of each state.

Our Favorite Children's Books on Artist Charles M. Russell

Cowboy Charlie: The Story of Charles M. Russell
Cowboy Charlie: The Story of Charles M. Russell

This was our favorite picture book on Charles M. Russell. We also enjoyed reading "How the West Was Drawn: Cowboy Charlie's Art" by Linda Osmundson and "Charlie Russell: Tale-Telling Cowboy Artist" by Lois Harris.

 
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Glacier National Park: An ABC Adventure by KC Glastetter and Jeremie HollmanWho Pooped in the Park? Glacier National Park: Scat and Tracks for Kids by Gary D. Robson and Elijah Brady ClarkBorn Wild in Glacier National Park by Donald M. Jones
Glacier National Park: An ABC Adventure by KC Glastetter and Jeremie Hollman
Glacier National Park: An ABC Adventure by KC Glastetter and Jeremie Hollman
Who Pooped in the Park? Glacier National Park: Scat and Tracks for Kids by Gary D. Robson and Elijah Brady Clark
Who Pooped in the Park? Glacier National Park: Scat and Tracks for Kids by Gary D. Robson and Elijah Brady Clark
Born Wild in Glacier National Park by Donald M. Jones
Born Wild in Glacier National Park by Donald M. Jones

Children's Books on Glacier National Park

If you would like to read some children's books on Glacier National Park, try Glacier National Park: An ABC Adventure by KC Glastetter and Jeremie Hollman, Who Pooped in the Park? Glacier National Park: Scat and Tracks for Kids by Gary D. Robson and Elijah Brady Clark, and Born Wild in Glacier National Park by Donald M. Jones.

Our Favorite Children's Books on the Animals of Montana

The Wild Life of Elk
The Wild Life of Elk

This is a longer picture book that my older children really enjoyed reading through and my younger ones enjoyed parts of (especially the illustrations). It not only includes the basic information about the life of elk but also includes how they have interacted with people (particularly various Native American tribes) over the years.

 
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Path of the Pronghorn by Cat Urbigkit - Book images are from amazon.com.The Buffalo Are Back by Jean Craighead GeorgeGrizzly Bears by Gail GibbonsLittle Swan by Jonathan London
Path of the Pronghorn by Cat Urbigkit - Book images are from amazon.com.
Path of the Pronghorn by Cat Urbigkit - Book images are from amazon.com.
The Buffalo Are Back by Jean Craighead George
The Buffalo Are Back by Jean Craighead George
Grizzly Bears by Gail Gibbons
Grizzly Bears by Gail Gibbons
Little Swan by Jonathan London
Little Swan by Jonathan London

My children loved reading lots of children's books about the wide variety of animals found in Montana. It was a challenge to pare down our favorites to just a few. I selected one from each of the animals we read about: Path of the Pronghorn by Cat Urbigkit, The Buffalo Are Back by Jean Craighead George, Grizzly Bears by Gail Gibbons, and Little Swan by Jonathan London.

Favorite Picture Books on the Battle at Little Bighorn

Custer's Last Stand (Graphic History (Graphic Planet))
Custer's Last Stand (Graphic History (Graphic Planet))

This was my children's favorite book on Custer's Last Stand. It is a comic book format. My 9 year old son also enjoyed reading the chapter book "Custer's Last Stand" by Quentin Reynolds, which is part of the Landmark Series. Also look for "The Battle of the Little Bighorn" (Graphic History of the American West) by Gary Jeffrey and the picture book "Crazy Horse's Vision" by Joseph Bruchac.

 
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Smoky the Cowhorse by Will James  - Book images are from amazon.com.Hattie Big Sky by Kirby Larson The Loner (An Apple Paperback) by Ester WierAlone in the Wilderness: The Story of a Present Day Native American High School Student Who Is Challenged to Spend Three Month Alone in the Beartooth Wilderness Area of Montana by Hap Gilliland
Smoky the Cowhorse by Will James  - Book images are from amazon.com.
Smoky the Cowhorse by Will James - Book images are from amazon.com.
Hattie Big Sky by Kirby Larson
Hattie Big Sky by Kirby Larson
The Loner (An Apple Paperback) by Ester Wier
The Loner (An Apple Paperback) by Ester Wier
Alone in the Wilderness: The Story of a Present Day Native American High School Student Who Is Challenged to Spend Three Month Alone in the Beartooth Wilderness Area of Montana by Hap Gilliland
Alone in the Wilderness: The Story of a Present Day Native American High School Student Who Is Challenged to Spend Three Month Alone in the Beartooth Wilderness Area of Montana by Hap Gilliland

Chapter Books Related to Montana

Smoky the Cowhorse by Will James (336 pages) is a Newbery Medal winner is about a horse born in the wilds of Montana, is captured and trained to become a wonderful cowhorse, is stolen to work on the rodeo circuit, and finally gets to returns to the wilds of Montana.

Hattie Big Sky by Kirby Larson (304 pages) is a Newbery Honor book is based on the true story of the author's great-grandmother's homesteading by herself in eastern Montana in the early 1900's.

The Loner by Ester Wier (151 pages) is a Newbery Honor book about a homeless boy who learns responsibility and finds a home among a sheep ranching family in Montana.

Alone in the Wilderness: The Story of a Present Day Native American High School Student Who Is Challenged to Spend Three Month Alone in the Beartooth Wilderness Area of Montana by Hap Gilliland (158 pages) is about a Cheyenne teenage boy who is challenged to live in the wilderness of the Montana mountains during the winter.

Our Favorite Free Worksheets and Lapbook Pages on Montana

A page from my son's notebook on Montana
A page from my son's notebook on Montana

All About Montana provides great links to printable worksheets, book suggestions, and activity ideas about Montana.

Montana for Teachers includes wonderful printable worksheets, activity ideas, and book suggestions.

Lapbook for "Where the Buffaloes Begin" offers free lapbook pages and activity ideas for "Where the Buffaloes Begin" by Olaf Baker.

More Good Video Clips Giving and Overview of Montana

Good Overview of the State

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      getwellsoon 5 years ago

      Would love to go to that sapphire mine there!

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      randomthings lm 5 years ago

      I have not yet visited Montana, but it looks beautiful, I would like to go one day.

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      pawpaw911 5 years ago

      Haven't visited Montana yet. You make it look very appealing. If I had to pick another state to live it, it would probably be in my top 5.

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      Gayle 5 years ago from McLaughlin

      I have only been to Montana once to visit Glacier National Park. It was spectacular--Montana is a huge state, but extremely beautiful--God's country!

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      Leah J. Hileman 4 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      The closest I came to ever visiting Montana was having a college roommate from Butte :)

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      iijuan12 4 years ago from Florida

      @captainj88: Thank you for dropping by!

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