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Visit Nevada Now: Nevada for Teachers & Travelers

Updated on August 18, 2020
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I am a Christian. I was an 8th-grade American History teacher. I am currently a freelance writer, public speaker, & homeschooling mom of 10.

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

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What Makes This State Special: Las Vegas

Not only does Las Vegas claim to be the entertainment capital of the world, it also has more hotel rooms than any other city in the world.

What Makes This State Special: Opal & Gold

Nevada is the top opal mining area in the world. It leads the nation in gold-production and is second in the world, with only South Africa producing more gold. Nevada comes in second in the US in silver production. It is the only place in the US where mercury can be mined.

What Makes This State Special: Hoover Dam

Built in the 1930's, the Hoover Dam was the largest single public works project in America. To build it, concrete had to be poured continuously for 2 years. The Hoover Dam and Lake Mead are popular tourist attractions. Hard hats for construction workers were first invented for the men working on the Hoover Dam.

Nevada's State Flag
Nevada's State Flag
Nevada's State Quarter
Nevada's State Quarter

Our Favorite Children's Books on Nevada

S is for Silver: A Nevada Alphabet (Discover America State by State)
S is for Silver: A Nevada 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!

We also enjoyed reading:

  • Rhyolite: The True Story of a Ghost Town by Diane Siebert which is a great picture book that describes the true story of a ghost town. All my children enjoyed this book, and it helped them to really understand what a ghost town is.
  • Snowshoe Thompson (I Can Read Level 3) by Nancy Smiler Levinson which is a simple story about a Norwegian immigrant who creates skis to cross the Sierra Nevada mountains to exchange letters between a boy and his father during the gold rush.
  • Cowboy Country by Ann Herbert Scott which has nice illustrations. It follows a cowboy as he explains to a new cowboy how he became a cowboy and what he has to do.
  • Good Night Nevada (Good Night Our World) by Adam Gamble which is a board book that mentions some of the main attractions of the state including the Hoover Dam, Red Rock Canyon, Lake Mead, Carson City, Valley of Fire, and more.
  • How to Draw Nevada's Sights and Symbols (A Kid's Guide to Drawing America) by Jaycee Kuedee which 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.

Our Favorite Chapter Books for Nevada

Mustang, Wild Spirit of the West
Mustang, Wild Spirit of the West
My older children enjoyed this chapter book, which is based on the true story of a young lady who fought against the slaughtering of wild mustangs in Nevada and California around the 1940s. They loved reading about the wild horses and wilderness of Nevada. (218 pages)

Additional good chapter books options that are related to Nevada and share about the state include:

  • The Mystery in Las Vegas (Real Kids Real Places) by Carole Marsh (160 pages)
  • Valley of Death: A Mystery in Death Valley National Park (Mysteries in Our National Parks) by Gloria Skurzynski (160 pages)
  • Gold Rush Prodigal (Saga of the Sierras) by Brock Thoene (223 pages)

Our Favorite Worksheets, Printables, & Lapbooks

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

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

50 States Lapbook includes free lapbook pages and activity ideas for all 50 states.

Nevada State Facts & Trivia lists numerous points of interest about Nevada. The site also includes a number of helpful worksheets, links, and information.

Our Favorite Videos Giving an Overview of Nevada

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