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Updated on May 30, 2016
Columbus: Downtown Columbus, Ohio Statehouse Capitol Square, University Hall, Short North, Nationwide Arena, and Santa Maria replica
Columbus: Downtown Columbus, Ohio Statehouse Capitol Square, University Hall, Short North, Nationwide Arena, and Santa Maria replica | Source

Are you looking for fun worksheets, books, video clips, and activity ideas for teaching and/or learning about Ohio? Included are links to wonderful worksheets, book suggestions for children, YouTube videos, and more-- all related to the state of Ohio! This is part of a series of pages I have created highlighting our favorite resources for studying each individual state. Find links to all of the pages at 50 States Lesson Plans .

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Guitars outside the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Guitars outside the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame | Source

What Makes This State Special: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio. The museums draws at least half a million visitors each year. The museum has seven levels, with each level dedicated to a different genre of music. From exhibits on the roots of rock and roll, soul music, the Fifties, radio and dee-jays to memorabilia and exhibits dedicated to particular artists such as the Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Elvis, and the Rolling Stones, this museum offers a taste of Rock and Rock for just about any fan.

Take a quick tour of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum

Eric Davis in 1990
Eric Davis in 1990 | Source

What Makes This State Special: The First Professional Baseball Team in the U.S.

The Cincinnati Reds were the first professional baseball team in the United States and have been an established team since the late nineteenth century. They have won five World Series and have included top players such as Pete Rose, Johnny Bench, Tony Perez, Barry Larkin, Frank Robinson, and many others.

Corkscrew Roller Coaster
Corkscrew Roller Coaster | Source

What Makes This State Special: Cedar Point

Located in Sandusky, OH, Cedar Point is the most popular seasonal amusement park in the United States with over 3 million visitors each year. It holds a number of records. Opened in 1870, it is the second oldest amusement park that is still in operation. With 72 rides, it has the most rides of any amusement park, and with 16 roller coasters, it ties for second place for having the most roller coasters. With 4 incredibly tall roller coasters, it breaks the records for the largest number of roller coasters taller than 200 feet. It is the thrill-seekers paradise!

Cedar Point: World's Greatest Amusement Park

Serpent Mound Postcard
Serpent Mound Postcard | Source

What Makes This State Special: Indian Mounds

More than 70 Indian mounds, which are burial sites from the Adena and Hopewell tribes, can be found around Ohio. When I was a young child I remember my family visiting an archaeological site in Ohio in which they were excavating an Indian mound site a farmer had come across in his field. I was always hopeful I'd come across a newly discover mound. All I ever found were some forest animal bones and some wonderful memories of exploring our nearby forests.

Serpent Mound

Hopewell Mound

The first flight of the Wright Flyer I in 1903
The first flight of the Wright Flyer I in 1903 | Source

What Makes This State Special: Birthplace of Aviation Pioneers

The pioneers of flight, the Wright Brothers, were from Ohio. They designed and developed their flyer models in their bicycle shop in Dayton, OH. There are numerous sites across the state, such as the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historic Park and the Wright Brothers National Memorial, that are dedicated to their memory and accomplishments. It is through their accomplishments and the accomplishments of Ohio native astronauts John Glenn and Neil Armstrong, that Ohio has proudly adopted the slogan of "Birthplace of Aviation Pioneers."

Ohio State Quarter
Ohio State Quarter | Source

What Ohio Wants to Be Remembered For: The State Quarter

Ohio's state quarter features the Wright Flyer III and a modern astronaut since 19 people from Ohio have been to space including John Glenn and Neil Armstrong.

Our Favorite Video Clips on John Glenn

Our Favorite Video Clips on Neil Armstrong

Famous People from Ohio

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Image credit: http://herald-dispatchblogs06.blogspot.com/2008_02_01_archive.html

What Makes This State Unique: The Mother of Presidents

Eight U.S. presidents are from Ohio, which is more than any other state. They include: William Henry Harrison, Ulysses S. Grant, Rutherford B. Hayes, James A. Garfield, Benjamin Harrison, William McKinley, William H. Taft, and Warren G. Harding. Because of this, Ohio proudly adopted the nickname, "The Mother of Presidents."

Annie Oakley
Annie Oakley | Source

What Makes This State Unique: Annie Oakley

Born and raised in Darke County, OH, Annie Oakley became one of America's first women celebrities due to her incredible sharpshooting abilities. She had a starring role in Buffalo Bill's Wild West show and traveled the world demonstrating such showmanship as shooting a cigarette from her husband's mouth, hitting a dime that was tossed in the air, and more.

Our Favorite Videos Showing Annie Oakley's Performance

What Makes This State Unique: A Pennant Shaped Flag

Ohio's State Flag is the only state flag with a pennant shape. The blue triangle represents the state's hills and valleys. The 17 stars point to Ohio being the 17th state to be admitted to the United States. The O represents the O in Ohio and the shape of the buckeye nut.

Our Favorite Free Worksheets and Lapbook Pages on Ohio

A page from my son's notebook on Ohio.
A page from my son's notebook on Ohio.

We found these to be helpful when creating a notebook and lapbook on Ohio during our study of the 50 states.

Free Printables for Ohio includes wonderful printable worksheets, activity ideas, and book suggestions.

Lentil Labook offers free lapbook pages and activity ideas for "Lentil" by Robert McCloskey. While this book does not teach much about the state, it does take place in Ohio. Also look for the free lapbooks from this same webpage on "Sing to the Stars" by Mary Brigid Barrett (which includes a bit about Cleveland because the author said this story was inspired by her summers spent in Cleveland, OH) and "The Giant of Seville" by Dan Andreasen, which takes place in Seville, OH.

Annie Oakley Lapbook includes free lapbook pages and activity ideas for "Who Was Annie Oakley?" by Stephanie Spinner. It includes pages on Ohio since Annie Oakley was from Ohio.

Fun Facts on Ohio lists numerous points of interest about Ohio. The site also includes a number of helpful worksheets, links, and information.

Our Favorite Children's Books on Ohio

Our Favorite Picture Books on Ohio

B Is For Buckeye: An Ohio Alphabet (Discover America State by State)
B Is For Buckeye: An Ohio 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!

 
Packard Takes Flight: A Bird's-Eye View of Columbus, Ohio by Susan Sachs Levine - Image credit: amazon.com
Packard Takes Flight: A Bird's-Eye View of Columbus, Ohio by Susan Sachs Levine - Image credit: amazon.com

More Good Picture Book Related to Ohio

Packard Takes Flight: A Bird's-Eye View of Columbus, Ohio by Susan Sachs Levine follows a peregrine falcon chick as he flies through the main attractions of Columbus. During his flight he visits the Center of Science and Industry, the Franklin Park Conservatory, the North Market, and the Statehouse.

Harriett's Homecoming: A High-Flying Tour of Cincinnati by Susan Sachs Levine follows a peregrine falcon chick as he flies through the main attractions of Cincinnati such as the Cincinnati Museum Center, Krohn Conservatory, and Findlay Market.

Alfred Visits Ohio by Elizabeth O'Neill follows an elephant as he travels through the state, highlighting what makes Ohio unique.

How to Draw Ohio's Sights and Symbols (A Kid's Guide to Drawing America) by Aileen Weintraub combines geography with art lessons. The main sights and symbols are show and explained and then great step by step sketches are made so that children can draw the sights and symbols themselves. Even my kindergarten age child was able to follow the steps to produce satisfactory drawings.

The Legend of Ohio (Myths, Legends, Fairy and Folktales) by Dandi Daley Mackall provides the Native American history of the state as it follows a young girl and her family finding a place to call home in Ohio, "beautiful river."

Night Boat to Freedom by Margot Theis Raven takes place during the abolition period and follows an abolitionist leading people to the free state of Ohio.

Cardinal Numbers: An Ohio Counting Book by Marcia Schonberg is similar to the above book, "B is for Buckeye," but it uses numbers rather than letters to go through the main points of interest of Ohio.

Warm As Wool (Aladdin Picture Books) by Scott Russell Sanders takes place in the early 1800's and tells the story of a pioneer mother living in the woods of Ohio and how she must work hard to care for her children and her sheep.

Aurora Means Dawn by Scott Russell Sanders takes place in the early 1800s as a family sets up a new settlement in the Ohio frontier.

Freedom River by Doreen Rappaport is another story that takes place during the abolitionist period. It tells the story of an ex-slave who helps many to cross the Ohio River from Kentucky to the free state of Ohio.

Lentil by Robert McCloskey is a classic children's book about a boy who saves the day using his harmonica playing skills. While this book does not teach much about the state, it does take place in Alto, OH.

Nothing Here But Trees by Jean Van Leeuwen is another pioneer story that takes place in the early 19th century, discussing the events of how a family established a homestead in Ohio. We especially enjoyed it because it includes various seasons and daily activities.

Best Board Book for Babies, Toddlers, and Preschoolers

Good Night Ohio (Good Night Our World)
Good Night Ohio (Good Night Our World)

If you have a baby, toddler, or preschooler who is participating in the lessons on Ohio, use this wonderful baby board book! It is 20 pages with nice illustrations and uses rhyming text to describe some of the points of interest in Ohio’s such as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Ohio River Way, Cedar Point Amusement Park, and more.

 

More Good Books for Babies, Toddlers, and Preschoolers

Little Ohio (Little State) Board book by Marcia Schonberg introduces the state symbols using riddles and rhymes.

State Shapes: Ohio by Erin McHugh is adorable because it is cut into the shape of Ohio. It includes a bit of short text on each page that is ideal for the youngest of listeners and then also includes additional information you can include if your listeners have a longer attention span.

The Twelve Days of Christmas in Ohio (The Twelve Days of Christmas in America) by Carole Gerber is a cute Ohio version of "The Twelve Days of Christmas." Two children see the main sites of the state in this fun book.

Danger Along the Ohio by Patricia Willis - Image credit: amazon.com
Danger Along the Ohio by Patricia Willis - Image credit: amazon.com

Chapter Books Related to Ohio

Danger Along the Ohio by Patricia Willis (192 pages) This takes place in 1793 and follows the survival of three siblings who get separated from their dad and must survive in the Ohio wilderness amid the dangers of nature and of the Shawnee natives, who could be friends or foes.

The House of Dies Drear by Virginia Hamilton (256 pages) is part thriller/ghost story and part abolitionist history story. It tells the story of a thirteen year old boy who moves with his family into the house in Ohio that used to be a stop on the Underground Railroad.

Cabin on Trouble Creek by Jean Van Leeuwen (224 pages) is the story of two brothers (ages 11 and 9) who must survive alone in the wilds of Ohio as their father returns to Pennsylvania to bring back the rest of their family. A friendly Native American trapper teaches them the skills they need to survive the harsh Ohio winter.

The Mystery of the Gold Double Eagle by Michael J. Zimmerle (149 pages) follows two 12 year old boys as they emerge on a treasure hunt to find a valuable treasure from the past. The story is set in Dayton, Ohio includes some of the history of Dayton.

More Good Video Clips Giving and Overview of Ohio

When searching out YouTube video clips that provided helpful information about Ohio and were completely child-friendly, these were our favorites.

History Channel's The States - Ohio starts at 11:46

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