FC: The ABC's of Wisconsin by Rachel Luteyn
1: This book is all about Wisconsin! You'll read about everything from cheese to honey bees to the Quebec Act. Won't you join me in learning about Wisconsin?
2: A is for American Robin | The American Robin is the state bird. A youth committee choose the robin for the state bird because it brought spring and made everything look beautiful after winter.
3: B is for Badger | The University of Wisconsin's Mascot is Bucky the Badger. The badger is the state animal. This came from miners. They lived in caves (not houses) and were called Badgers because they crawled inside them.
4: C is for cheese. The first cheese factory at Ladoga started in 1926. It was started by the Hazens, a family. It is found in Fond du Lac County.
5: D is for Diary State | The Dairy farms in Wisconsin lead the U.S in production of milk, cheese, and butter. In fact, they produce 40% of the cheese in the U.S. and 20% of the butter in the U.S.
6: E is for Eighteen Forty-eight. On May 29, 1848, Wisconsin became the 30th state in the United States.
7: F is for forward | Wisconsin's motto is forward. It became our official motto in 1851 because of our drive to be a national leader.
8: G is for Green Bay | Green Bay had the first permanent settlement in 1764 and in 1835 Green Bay had the first bank. Today, Green Bay is the 3rd largest city in Wisconsin.
9: H is for Honey Bee | Honey Bee's are the state insect. It became the state insect in 1977. In 1976, Wisconsin was recognized as the 5th leading state of honey production- we produced about 12 million tons that year!
10: I is for Industrial Products | The big industrial products are automobiles, machinery, furniture, paper, and processed foods.
11: J is for Jean Nicolet. | Jean Nicolet from France was the first explorer to find Wisconsin. He landed in Green Bay in 1634.
12: K is for Kenosha | Kenosha, Wisconsin is located in the southeastern part of the state. In 1830, Kenosha was part of the Michigan Territory. However, in 1850, Kenosha became part of Wisconsin. Now, Kenosha has great market facilities because it is close to Milwaukee and Chicago. Kenosha is also right on Lake Michigan which is also great for marketing.
13: L is for Lakes | Wisconsin has over 14,000 lakes. Lake Winnebago, in Fond du Lac, is the largest lake. Water sports, ice-boating and fishing are very popular because of the large number of lakes.
14: M is for Madison | Madison is Wisconsin's Capital. It became the capital in 1836. The capitol building was completed in 1917. The total cost for the construction was $7,258,763.
15: N is for National Parks | Wisconsin has over 95 Parks. The parks, forests, and recreation areas account for one-seventh of the land.
16: O is for "On Wisconsin" | "On Wisconsin" is the state song. It became popular in 1909 at football games, and officially became the state song in 1959.
17: P is for The Packers | The Green Bay Packers got their name from packing companies. The Indian Packing Company was the first owners of the team. The company paid for uniforms and supplies and in return the team was named the Packers
18: Q is for the Quebec Act | In 1774, Wisconsin became a part of a providence of Quebec because of the Quebec Act. However, after the Treaty of Paris, the U.S. takes ownership of the Wisconsin Region. In 1787, Wisconsin officially became a part of the U.S. Northwest Territory
19: R is for Red Granite | Red Granite is the State Rock. It became the state rock in 1971 because of its economic importance. It is composed of quartz and feldspar.
20: S is for Social Legislation | Wisconsin is a pioneer in social legislation. We have provided pensions for the blind, aid to dependent children, assistance for the elderly, and the first to enact an Unemployment Compensation Law.
21: T is for Tourism | Wisconsin Dells, The Galloway Village, and Wind Point Lighthouse are all popular tourism attractions. Wind Point Lighthouse was built in 1880 and is the oldest and tallest in operation on Lake Michigan. The Dells is a tourist attraction due to its many Waterparks. The Galloway House is a real mansion and village from the 1800s. The 30-roomed mansion is surrounded by 25 historic buildings such as a church and newspaper print shop.
22: U is for University of Wisconsin | The University of Wisconsin is in Madison. The university was founded in 1848 by Nelson Dewey, Wisconsin's first governor. The campus has grown from it's first class of 17 students to over 42,000.
23: V is for Violet | The State flower is the Wood Violet. It was adopted as the state flower in 1908 after Wisconsin school children voted on it. It was the unofficial flower until 1948 when it was officially adopted.
24: W is for White Tailed Deer | The White Tailed Deer was named the state wildlife animal in 1957. People of Northern Wisconsin wanted the White Tailed Deer to to be the state animal because of its economic value and they were plentiful in Northern Wisconsin. Legislation decided to make the White Tailed Deer the state wildlife animal instead.
25: X is for XC Skiing | There is more than 90 ares of groomed cross-country ski areas in Wisconsin. Those 90 areas have nearly 700 miles of trails available combined!
26: Y is for Yellow River | The Yellow River was called "River Jaune" by French Explorers because of the bright yellow sand at the bottom of the river. The Chippewa Indians came to the Yellow River area and drove out the St. Croix Indians. The Chippewa Indians settled here from the eighteenth century until the early 20th century. In 1968 it was named a historical marker.
27: Z is for Zoos | Wisconsin has numerous zoos throughout the state. The most popular ones are located in Milwaukee, Madison, and Green Bay. These zoos are another fun outdoor activity in WI.
28: Rubric I designed a rubric for scoring the Mixbooks. The Mixbooks will be worth a total of 50 points. The points will come from 4 different categories: Content (worth 20 points), Images (worth 10 points), Spelling (worth 10 points), and Creativity (worth 10 points).
29: Please visit my Pbworks page for a detailed lesson plan and rubric: http://rluteyn.pbworks.com/ABC's-of-Wisconsin-Mixbook