Growing up every year as a kid we would go to Colorado to visit family. I learned just enough about Colorado to know a few terms, Pike’s Peak, Pikers, Red Rocks, and of course Denver Broncos. My Dad was a big football fan, and so that’s what I knew about Colorado going into our Colorado unit study. I absolutely loved our books for this jaunt into our United States geography unit.
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Colorado picture books
- All Aboard: A True Train Story– sadly this was checked out when we studied Colorado because I love train books
- Buster Hunts for Dinosaurs– Colorado was part of the big dinosaur hunt that went on during the 1800s, and there were several different digs here
- Grandfather’s Christmas Tree-This is an amazing story of a young family that moved to Colorado and are attempting to survive the Colorado winter, it’s an amazing true story, and the art is brilliant
- High As a Hawk– another true story, it tells the story of a young girl who set out to climb one of the highest mountains in the Rockies and the hard work she did to climb all the way up
- Prairie School– Avi writes some pretty amazing stories, and this story of a young boy learning how to read after moving out on the prairie
- Sand to Stone and Back Again– this is a great book going through some great geology ideas
- The Colorado River– The Colorado River amuses me because once you cross the Mississippi River it was supposedly the biggest river, so every time an explorer ran across a river they thought it was the Colorado River, so they would call it Colorado River, which means there’s a couple of different Colorado Rivers in the United States.
What I used in our Colorado Unit Study
Colorado Unit Study
As I mentioned above, I enjoyed the books we had for our Colorado Unit Study, I’m kind of thinking it would be interesting to start trying to get information from people who’ve lived in the states we’re studying….. I’ll have to think on how to do that.
First, since Colorado is one of the states the kids studied way back in preschool and kindergarten, I have a state symbols book to include.
My Prarie School- a great book and we talked about how school would be different on the frontier
Colorado River- The Colorado River is one of those big rivers that changes history because of its existence in the area
On the notebooking page itself, you find all of the materials for our United States Notebooking pages (as per usual, if you subscribe you get an email with the coupon code, and you’ll have the subscriber page with all of the State Unit Studies, including ones I don’t have posts on yet)
On the other side, is the back half of my United States Notebooking pages, and then next to it is a mini book called “From Sand to Stone” because of the sandstone you can find in the Rockies. The other minibook is what you would take up the mountain if you hike up Pike’s Peak. I really wish I’d found a book talking about how people who stopped going West and decided to stay in Colorado were called Pikers, but I guess that’s not really a book topic….