Monday, March 19, 2012

Geography - Illinois


Capital: Springfield
Tour of the Capital
Date & order of statehood: December 3, 1818; 21st state
State Bird: Cardinal
Agriculture & Industry: corn, swine, wheat, cows & dairy products, soybeans, apples, manufacturing, mining
Flower: Violet
License Plates
Motto: State Sovereignty - National Union
Nicknames: Land of Lincoln, The Prairie State
State Parks
Tree: White Oak  (Quercus Alba)
Insect: Monarch Butterfly
Fish: Bluegill
Reptile: Eastern Painted Turtle
Amphibian: Eastern Tiger Salamander
Mineral: Fluorite
Fossil: Tully Monster
Snack Food: popcorn
Dance: Square Dance
Illinois History online magazine for kids
Illinois Historic Preservation Agency
Rockford Peaches
Home of the Sock Monkey - I really hate these things!

Famous/Important People:
Please remember that this is in way intended to be a comprehensive list of people from Illinois. This list is mostly people that my kids know of already & people I want them to know.

Jane Addams
Ray Bradbury
Edgar Rice Burroughs
Miles Davis
Walt Disney
Harrison Ford
Benny Goodman
George E. Hale
Ernest Hemingway
Richard Pryor
Ronald Reagan
Carl Sandburg
Lewis Hastings Sarett
Arnold Beckman
Charles Rudolph Walgreen
Harriet Monroe
Betty Friedan
Chicago (the band)
Cheap Trick
Robin Williams
Miles Davis
John Cusack
Michael Clarke Duncan
George Ferris
John Malkovich
Sam Shepard
Shel Silverstein
Gary Sinise
Jane Trahey
Eddie Vedder
Frank Lloyd Wright
Abraham Adrian Albert
Samuel King Allison
Al Capone
John Dillinger
Baby Face Nelson
Eliot Ness
Bo Diddley
Wyatt Earp
H.H. Holmes
John Wayne Gacy
Buddy Guy
Mae Jemison
Alison Krauss
Ray Manzarek
Edgar Lee Masters
Barack Obama
Mandy Patinkin
Aidan Quinn
Muddy Waters
Warren Zevon

Tribes native to Illinois:
Dakota Sioux
Ho-Chunk (Winnebago)

Museums, Zoos, etc.:
The Art Institute of Chicago
Shedd Aquarium
Adler Planetarium
Children's Museum
Jane Addams Hull House Museum
Lincoln Home National Historic Site
Tinker Swiss Cottage
Field Museum of Natural History
Museum of Science & Industry
Lincoln Park Zoo
Brookfield Zoo
Burpee Museum of Natural History
Discovery Center
Anderson Japanese Gardens

This is, of course, not a comprehensive list.