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Visit Idaho Now: Idaho for Teachers & Travelers

Updated on August 19, 2014
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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 9.

Are you looking for fun worksheets, books, and activity ideas for teaching and/or learning about Idaho? Included are links to wonderful worksheets, book suggestions for children, YouTube videos, and DVD recommendations, and more -- all related to the state of Idaho! Whether you're a school teacher, homeschooling parent, involved parent, librarian, lifelong learner, or a student searching for ideas and books on Idaho, look no further!

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Great Worksheets on Idaho

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

Idaho Unit Study offers many helpful links and activity ideas about Idaho.

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

The Potato Story contains an entire unit study on the humble and incredible potato.

Salmon Unit Study offers book suggestions, free lapbook pages, and activity ideas related to salmon.

How to Draw Idaho's Sights and Symbols (A Kid's Guide to Drawing America)
How to Draw Idaho's Sights and Symbols (A Kid's Guide to Drawing America)
We loved this 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. ( has the picture of Hawaii's book in place of the one for Idaho. This is the correct link, though. I have notified them about the issue.)

Idaho's State Flag

Favorite Picture Books on Idaho

More great picture books include "The Night Before Christmas in Idaho" by Jennifer Adams, "The Magic Potato / La Papa Magica" by Elaine Ambrose Romano, "The Old Man Who Talked to the Trees" by Diana Baird, & "Alfred Visits Idaho" by Elizabeth O'Neill.

P is for Potato: An Idaho Alphabet (Discover America State by State)
P is for Potato: An Idaho Alphabet (Discover America State by State)
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. -- which you can read if you have older children. The book provides a wonderful overview of what makes Idaho unique. Both modern and historical aspects of Idaho are included. Plus, the illustrations are beautiful! My children (ages 2, 4, 6, & 9) all enjoyed this book!
Lewis and Clark's Bittersweet Crossing
Lewis and Clark's Bittersweet Crossing
This is a great historical picture book about Lewis and Clark's journey as they got to Idaho's Bitterroot Mountain Range.
Fire Storm (Outdoor Adventures)
Fire Storm (Outdoor Adventures)
Based on a true story about a forest fire in Idaho. As Axel and his dog kayak down the Salmon River with his aunt an uncle, they get caught in the middle of a firestorm. They stay calm and do survive.
Shoshoni Pony
Shoshoni Pony
Using captivating illustrations, this covers how horses were introduced the the Western Plains and how they were used by the Native Americans.

Excellent On-line Tour of Idaho

Because almost every single type of gemstone has been found in Idaho, it is nicknamed the Gem State. Idaho and India are the only two places in the world where you can find 6-pointed star garnets.

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Chapter Books Related to Idaho

This isn't the genre of books that I prefer, but I know many children enjoy YA fiction. Other options include "Jenny of the Tetons" by Kristiana Gregory, "My Darlin' Clementine" by Kristiana Gregory, "Bonanza Girl" by Patricia Beatty, "Year Walk" by Ann Nolan Clark, "Louly" by Carol Ryrie Brinkand, and "Idaho: A Very Young Skier" by Jill Krementz.

Walk Two Moons (Walk Two Moons, 1)
Walk Two Moons (Walk Two Moons, 1)
This Newberry Medal winner describes the journey of a 13 year girl as she takes a trip to Idaho in search of her mother who has left on a spiritual journey.
Never Cry "Arp!" and Other Great Adventures
Never Cry "Arp!" and Other Great Adventures
These are humorous stories about the author's experiences growing up in the outdoors of Idaho.
Fire In the Hole!
Fire In the Hole!
Based on a trues story, this describes the adventures of a teenage boy in a turn-of-the-century mining town of Northern Idaho.
West to a Land of Plenty: The Diary of Teresa Angelino Viscardi, New York to Idaho Territory, 1883 (Dear America)
West to a Land of Plenty: The Diary of Teresa Angelino Viscardi, New York to Idaho Territory, 1883 (Dear America)
The Dear America does a great job of appealing to teenage girls with their diary style of writing. It includes plenty of historical information of what it would have been like for a teenage girl to head to the Idaho Territory in 1883.

Even though potatoes are only grown in the southern part of the state,

Idaho is best known for its potatoes.

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Favorite Books on Potatoes

Other picture books include "The Greatest Potatoes" by Penelope Stowell, "One Potato: A Counting Book of Potato Prints" by Diana Pomeroy and "The Potato Man" by Megan McDonald.

Potato: A Tale From The Great Depression
Potato: A Tale From The Great Depression
This takes place during the Great Depression. A family from Kansas travels to Idaho to find work digging up potatoes.
The Enormous Potato
The Enormous Potato
This is great for young children. It's the classic tale about a farmer who grows a potato so large that it takes the entire town to help him pull it up out of the ground.
Cool Potatoes from Garden to Table: How to Plant, Grow, and Prepare Potatoes (Cool Garden to Table)
Cool Potatoes from Garden to Table: How to Plant, Grow, and Prepare Potatoes (Cool Garden to Table)
This has photographs rather than illustrations. It goes through the process of growing potatoes.

Fun Footage on Potatoes & Farming

Idaho's Snake, lower Salmon, & Kootenai Rivers are home to America's largest freshwater fish, the white sturgeon.

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Where is Idaho's capital?

boise, idaho

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