Join me and Charlie from the Travels with Charlie - Across The Midwest book (written by MIles Backer and illustrated by Chuck Nitzberg, published by Blue Apple Books).
In the book series Charlie, the dog, travels across the United States sharing fun facts about each state he stops in. It's a super fun book with great pictures,and hunts on each page. I love Michigan! I've lived near Traverse City and enjoyed the Cherry Festival, taken my class on field trips to the dunes and air zoo, I've enjoyed a carriage ride around Mackinaw Island, and been to cereal city! I loved being able to point out to my kids where in our state each of these places is located.
When we study Michigan history we always study our state symbols, our state flower is the apple blossom.
I love seeing them bloom every year, and even have a couple of apple trees in my yard. I found a great idea on pinterest, and have loved using it with my students. First we paint a thin tree in the middle of our paper. Then we take the bottom of a two liter pop bottle, dip in paint and create apple blossoms!
These turn out so pretty every time, and make our classroom look great for spring!
Follow Charlie, along this hop to see many great ideas for celebrating the other 49 states! Head on over to Growing Book by Book to see all the ideas, and enter to win a set of 4 Charlie books!