Wyoming for Teachers and Travelers
Wyoming for Travelers & Teachers
Are you looking for fun worksheets, books, and activity ideas for teaching and/or learning about Wyoming? Included are links to wonderful worksheets, book suggestions for children, YouTube videos, and points of interest -- all related to the state of Wyoming! 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 Wyoming Yet?
What Makes This State Special: Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park was the first National Park in the United States (and possibly the world). It is most well known for the Old Faithful Geyser. It is filled with breathtaking mountains, lakes, canyons, and rivers and sits atop a supervolcano. Half of the world's geothermal features are in Yellowstone! The park is also home to many animals including grizzly bears, wolves, bison and elk.
Fabulous Footage on Yellowstone National Park
What Makes This State Special: Grand Teton National Park
Located only 10 miles from Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National Park contains another majestic mountain range of Wyoming: the Teton Range, which is well known for its outdoor activity opportunities including skiing, mountaineering, and rock climbing. Jackson Hole, part of the northern sections of the valley, is a popular resort area. It is also known for having the world's largest herd of elk.
What Makes This State Special: Independence Rock
Independence Rock, a National Historic Landmark, is a large, rounded granite rock that is about 130 feet high and stretching 1,900 feet long. It has been famous since at least the middle 1800's when it became a well-known landmark along the Oregon, Mormon, and California emigrant trails. A number of the emigrants carved their names on the rock. Today it is a popular tourist attraction.
What Makes This State Special: Abundance of National Parks and Monuments and Historic Sites
Wyoming has numerous other well known sites and tourist destinations including Devils Tower (a well-known sedimentary rock that just up 1,267 feet into the air and is popular with rock climbers), Fossil Butte National Monument (known for its abundance of fossilized forms of ancient plants and animals), Hot Springs State Park (known for its historic hot springs which remain 135 degrees Fahrenheit year round), Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area (known for its large lake, canyon, historical ranches, and wild horses), and Fort Laramie National Historic Site (known for being a fur trading post during the 1800's and a military fort to protect emigrants on the Oregon Trail).
What Makes This State Special: It's Population
Wyoming is the least populous state in the United States. Cattle outnumber humans.
What Makes This State Special: Gray Wolves
By 1926 all gray wolves in the 48 states had been killed. In 1995, wolves were re-introduced to Yellowstone National Park in 1995 to return balance to the ecosystem. Wolves have done a good job at repopulating the area and are no longer on the endangered species list.
What Makes This State Special: Coal
The largest coal mine in the US is Black Thunder in Wyoming.
Great Worksheets on Wyoming
Wyoming's State Flag and State Quarter
Wyoming's State Flag features an American Bison with the Great Seal of the State of Wyoming. The seal includes a banner saying, "Equal Rights" since they were the first state to allow women to vote. The men represent the livestock and mining industries. Two pillars have lamps, that are supposed to represent Light of Knowledge. Scrolls feature the major industries of the state: oil, mines, livestock, and grain. The red on the flag symbolizes the blood of the Native Americans and pioneers who founded the state. The white represents purity and uprightness. The blue represents the skies and distant mountains.
Wyoming's State Quarter Bucking Horse and Rider, which is the trademarked image for Wyoming's license plates since the state is known as the "Cowboy State." The quarter also features the words "The Equality State" because Wyoming was the first state to allow women suffrage.
Our Favorite Children's Books on Wyoming
Our Favorite Picture Book on Wyoming
This is my favorite series on individual states! Each page has a simple rhyme about a word that begins with each letter of the alphabet (perfect to read if you have younger children). Then it 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! Also look for "Four Wheels West: A Wyoming Number Book" by the same author.
Our Favorite Picture Book on the Gray Wolves of Wyoming
The explains how to lack of wolves disrupted the ecosystem and how their reintroduction led to a balanced ecosystem. My children (ages 2, 4, 6, and 9) all enjoyed the illustrations in this book. It was my favorite.
More of Our Favorite Picture Books on Gray Wolves
Wild, Wild Wolves (Step into Reading) by Joyce Milton does a great job of sharing information about wolves. My children (ages 2, 4, 6, and 9) all enjoyed this book.
What If There Were No Gray Wolves?: A Book About the Temperate Forest Ecosystem (Food Chain Reactions) by Suzanne Slade does a nice job of showing the interconnection in the ecosystem and food chains and why gray wolves are important to the ecosystem of Wyoming.
Gray Wolf Pup's Adventure - a Smithsonian Northern Wilderness Adventures Early Reader (Soundprints' Read-and-Discover. Reading Level 2) by Stephanie Smith is a cute story about a gray wolf pup. My children (ages 2, 4, 6, and 9) all enjoyed this book.
Gray Wolf Pup (Smithsonian Wild Heritage Collection) by Doe Boyle is similar to the above book and is equally as good.
More of Our Favorite Picture Books on Wyoming
Dinosaur Hunter (I Can Read Level 4) by Elaine Marie Alphin is based on the true story about a boy who found fossils on his Wyoming ranch in 1880's and his dealings with paleontologists and a museum.
I Could Do That!: Esther Morris Gets Women the Vote (Melanie Kroupa Books) by Linda Arms White tells how Esther Morris helped to win the right for women to vote in Wyoming. Wyoming was the first state to give women the right to vote. We all enjoyed this version of her story.
Snowboard Twist (Outdoor Adventures) by Jean Craighead George is about a boy snowboarding in the Teton Mountains as he, his dog, and his snowboarding rival must act quickly during an avalanche.
Rhinos Who Snowboard by Julie Mammano is not specific to Wyoming, but it includes the slang that snowboarders use. It is a quick, fun read and has cute illustrations!
Who Pooped in the Park? Yellowstone National Park: Scat and Tracks for Kids by Gary D. Robson and Who Pooped in the Park? Grand Teton National Park: Scat and Tracks for Kids by Gary D. Robson covers the animals in the parks and their identifying scat (droppings) and tracks. It is a fun way to introduce the types of animals you would see at the national parks!
Imagination Vacation Yellowstone by Anastasia Kierst is about a girl visiting Yellowstone National Park. It includes scientific information as well.
The Adventures of Trudy Trout in Yellowstone Park by Bill Ruzgis follows a trout and what she says and does through the year as she lives in Firehole River.
How to Draw Wyoming's Sights and Symbols (A Kid's Guide to Drawing America) by Melody S. Mis series that combines state geography with art. Each page contains something about Wyoming (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 Babies
This colorful board book does a wonderful job of covering the main sites of Wyoming and has a short sentence about each site or activity. The illustrations are perfect for younger children. It includes Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National Park, Jackson Hole, rodeo, skiing, and more.
More Good Books for Preschoolers, Toddlers, and Babies
Good Night Yellowstone (Good Night Our World) Board book by Adam Gamble features the main sites of Yellowstone. The illustrations are perfect for younger children. Each page has one sentence about the location or item, so it is also a great length for young listeners.
Little Wyoming (Little State) Board book by Eugene Gagliano uses rhymes to go through the state symbols (state bird, state flower, etc.). It has nice illustrations!
Yellowstone ABC by Cyd Martin is a paperback book rather than a board book. It uses each letter of the alphabet to feature the animals, plants, etc. of what you would see at Yellowstone National Park. It has rhyming text.
Good Chapter Book Related to Wyoming
(96 pages) This is about a boy who enters a dog race to save his grandfather's farm in Wyoming. It is based on a Rocky Mountain legend.
More Good Chapter Books Related to Wyoming
Paint The Wind by Pam Munoz Ryan (336 pages) is about an orphaned 11 year old and her wild mustang.
Red Dog by Bill Wallace (192 pages) is about a gold prospector's attempt to hurt a boy's family and the dog that escapes to try to find help.
My Friend Flicka by Mary O'Hara (304 pages) is about a daydreaming girl and a wild horse out on a Wyoming ranch.
Other chapter books featuring Wyoming include The Land of Curiosities series by Deanna Neil: Book 1: Adventures in Yellowstone, 1871-1872 (192 pages), Book 2: Lost in Yellowstone, 1872-1873 (320 pages), and Book 3: Red Eye of the Buffalo (323 pages), Adventure in Wyoming (X-Country Adventures) by Bob Schaller (127 pages), A Blizzard Year by Gretel Ehrlich, and Mysteries in Our National Parks: Wolf Stalker: A Mystery in Yellowstone National Park by Gloria Skurzynski (160 pages).
Our Favorite Free Worksheets and Lapbook Pages on Wyoming
All About Wyoming provides great links to printable worksheets, book suggestions, and activity ideas about Wyoming.
Wyoming for Teachers includes wonderful printable worksheets, activity ideas, and book suggestions.
Lapbook for "Legend of the Indian Paintbrush" includes free lapbook pages and activity ideas for "Legend of the Indian Paintbrush" by Tomie de Paola.
Lapbook for "Stone Fox" provides free lapbook pages and activity ideas for "Stone Fox" by Marcia Sewall.
Gray Wolf Unit offers a fun, free thematic unit on gray wolves that includes books suggestions, lapbook pages, and activity ideas all related to gray wolves. Cut and paste this link: http://www.homeschoolshare.com/gray_wolf.php .