Missouri for Travelers & Teachers
Are you looking for fun worksheets and lapbook pages, children's books, and YouTube video clips for teaching and/or learning about Missouri? Whether you're a school teacher, homeschooling parent, involved parent, librarian, lifelong learner, or a student searching for ideas and books on Missouri, 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 .
Have You Visited Missouri Yet?
What Makes This State Special: The Gateway Arch
Situated on the west bank of the Mississippi River, the Gateway Arch monument in St. Louis is Missouri's most distinct landmark. Designed and built from 1947-1963 by Eero Saarinen and Hannskarl Bandel, it is the world's tallest arch and is also the tallest monument in the Western Hemisphere. It was built as a monument to the westward expansion of the United States. Visitors can take an elevator or tram to the top in order to get a bird's eye view of St. Louis and the surrounding area.
What Makes This State Special: Branson
Located in the Ozark Mountains, Branson is a popular destination among tourists for its many live entertainment performances. It was even dubbed the "live music capital of the entire universe" by 60 Minutes. In addition to the many performances, Branson also offers a number of popular attractions including the Titanic Museum, Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede, the Hollywood Wax Museum, Silver Dollar City, and more.
What Makes This State Special: Kansas City, the City of Fountains
In the 1890's the Kansas City, Missouri decided to begin adding fountains in order to beautify the city. Now with over 2,000 fountains, Kansas City, is known as the City of Fountains. It has more fountains than any other city in the world except Rome, Italy.
What Makes This State Special: St. Louis World's Fair
St. Louis hosted the Louisiana Purchase Exposition (also know as St Louis World's Fair) in 1904. It was there that Dr Pepper & Puffed Wheat cereal were introduced. Numerous other foods were made popular because of their sale at the fair including ice cream waffle cones, iced tea, peanut butter, & cotton candy.
What Makes This State Special: Anheuser-Busch Brewery
The Anheuser-Busch brewery in St. Louis is America's largest beer producing plant. The famous Budweiser Clydesdales are still kept near the brewery.
Great Worksheets on Missouri
Missouri's State Flag and State Quarter
Missouri's state flag has red, white, and blue to represent both the colors of the American flag and the colors of the French flag, since it was once part of French Louisiana. The colors also represent valor, purity, vigilance, and justice. The center features the seal of Missouri, which includes a bear to represent strength and bravery and a crescent moon to represent the newness of statehood and the potential for growth. It also states, "United we stand, divided we fall". Two grizzly bears hold up the shield. A scroll includes the state motto written in Latin, which is translated, "Let the welfare of the people be the supreme law." In Roman Numerals, the year 1820 is written out, though Missouri did not officially become a state until 1821. It includes 24 stars, to represent Missouri being the 24 state admitted to the Union. The shield and helmet representing Missouri's state sovereignty.
Missouri's state quarter features Lewis and Clark and York sailing down the Missouri River toward the Gateway Arch. It also includes the words, "Corps of Discovery 1804–2004."
Our Favorite Children's Books on Missouri
Our Favorite Picture Book on Missouri
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!
More Great Picture Book Options
To the Top!: A Gateway Arch Story by Amanda E. Doyle is a good picture book about a brother and sister who visit the Gateway Arch with their grandfather. As they visit the arch, the sister tells her grandfather all she has learned about the Gateway Arch, and her grandfather shares his personal stories about the history of the arch.
A Book for Black-Eyed Susan (Tales of Young Americans) by Judy Young is a sweet book about a young girl as her pioneer family leaves Missouri and heads west. It is a good book to use to emphasize that St. Louis was the starting place for most of the settlers who headed into the Western territories.
Ice Cream Cones For Sale! by Elaine Greenstein is a good picture book to read that includes one of the many wonders from the 1904 World's Fair that was held in St. Louis: the ice cream cone -- or so certain people have claimed. This picture book explores the truth behind that claim and includes how it came about.
Show Me the Number: A Missouri Number Book (America by the Numbers) by Judy Young is just like S is for Show Me: A Missouri Alphabet but it uses a number theme rather than the alphabet to go through the various landmarks, history, geography, etc. of Missouri.
Alfred Visits Missouri by Elizabeth O'Neill is part of a cute series about an elephant who travels to each state and visits the main landmarks and sites.
M Is for Missouri: Rocks and Minerals (Alpha Flight Books) by Judy Oetting is a fun picture book about the rocks and minerals found in Missouri.
St. Louis Architecture for Kids by Lee Ann Sandweiss uses an alphabet theme to go through the architecture and landscape of the St. Louis region.
How to Draw Missouri's Sights and Symbols (A Kid's Guide to Drawing America) by Jaycee Kuedee is part of a wonderful 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.
Best Board Book for Preschoolers, Toddlers, and/or Babies
We love this board book series that features two children saying goodnight to the various sites, landmarks, and unique features of each state. It has delightful illustrations and the perfect amount of text for the youngest of listeners. This book includes the Mississippi River, the Gateway Arch, the Ozarks, and more.
More Good Board Books for Babies, Toddlers, and Preschoolers
Little Missouri (Little State) Board book by Judy Young uses rhymes and riddles to go through Missouri's state bird, flower, tree, etc.
Count To Sleep St. Louis Board book by Adam Gamble goes through the numbers one through ten. For each number it shows something in St. Louis such as the Gateway Arch, St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis Zoo, and more.
What's That Arch? Board book by Sandra Kreitner uses rhymes and simple explanations to talk about the history of the Gateway Arch. It has colorful illustrations to accompany the text.
Our Favorite Chapter Book Related to Missouri
(192 pages) This is a classic chapter book about the adventures of two boys in nineteenth century rural America. Some of the story is inspired by the author's own boyhood growing up along the banks of the Mississippi River in Missouri. Also look for "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" by Mark Twain.
More Chapter Books Related to Missouri
On the Way Home: The Diary of a Trip from South Dakota to Mansfield, Missouri, in 1894 by Laura Ingalls Wilder (112 pages) is about Laura, her husband, and their daughter traveling to Missouri. It also includes photographs from their travels.
Mark Twain: Young Writer (Childhood of Famous Americans) by Miriam E. Mason (192 pages) is a wonderful chapter book about the childhood of Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) and his adventures as he grew up along the banks of the Mississippi River in Missouri. The author includes many stories that show what shaped him to become the type of author that he eventually became. It is a delightful book to read! It also includes occasional black and white illustrations.
Little Farm in the Ozarks (Little House, The Rocky Ridge Years) by Roger Lea MacBride (304 pages) is part of a series written by Rose Wilder Lane's adopted grandson. It tells the story of her childhood adventures and the experiences of her parents, Laura and Almanzo, as they lived on their Missouri farm.
Meet Me in St. Louis: A Trip to the 1904 World's Fair by Robert Jackson (144 pages) talks about the wondrous sites, sounds, tastes available at the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair including the first Olympic Games in the United States, ice-cream cones, the first Ferris wheel, and more.
Our Favorite Free Worksheets and Lapbook Pages on Missouri
We found these to be helpful when creating a notebook and lapbook on Missouri
All About Missouri provides great links to printable worksheets, book suggestions, and activity ideas about Missouri.
Missouri for Teachers includes wonderful printable worksheets, activity ideas, and book suggestions.
Nine for California Lapbook offers free lapbook pages and activity ideas for Nine for California by Sonia Levitin.
Lewis and Clark and Me Lapbook offers free lapbook pages and activity ideas for Lewis and Clark and Me by Laurie Myers.
Missouri State Facts & Trivia lists numerous points of interest about Missouri. The site also includes a number of helpful worksheets, links, and information.
Good Family-Friendly Video Clip Giving an Overview of the State
The History Channel States Documentary (Missouri starts at 24:15 on this video.)
Where is Jefferson City, the capital of Missouri?
© 2012 Shannon