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Best Children's Books, Videos, and Free Worksheets on Nebraska

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Are you looking for fun worksheets, books, and activity ideas for teaching and/or learning about Nebraska? Included are links to our favorite worksheets and lapbook pages, book suggestions for children, points of interest, and YouTube video clips -- all related to the state of Nebraska! These are the resources we found most helpful while completely a unit study of the individual states of the United States. You can find the links for my pages for each of the 50 states at Teaching the 50 States of America .

Carhenge

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Constructed by engineer Jim Reinders in the 1980s, Carhenge is a popular tourist attraction that lies 80 miles off the interstate. It consists of 39 vintage cars spray painted gray and laid out to create the same formation as England's ancient Stonehenge. The park also includes other sculptures created by Jim Reinders.

Chimney Rock

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Rising 480 feet above the ground, Chimney Rock was a noticeable landmark for pioneers heading west during the 1800s. Even before pioneers settled in the region, the local Lakota Sioux also used it as a landmark. It is a prominent feature on the state quarter.

Corn Huskers and Corn-Fed Cattle

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93% of the land in the state is used for agriculture. Nebraska is the Cornhusker state, which is appropriate since corn is Nebraska's number one crop. Much of the corn is used to feed cattle. The state is also a major producer of corn-fed beef. There are more cattle than there are people in Nebraska.

Kool-Aid and More

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Kool-aid, the Reuben sandwich, and TV dinners (first made by Swanson) were all created in Nebraska.

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America's largest underground lake is the the Ogallala Aquifer, named that because it was first identified in Ogallala. Nebraska also has the most miles of river in the US.

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Buffalo Bill's Wild West

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In 1883, William "Buffalo Bill" Cody founded Buffalo Bill's Wild West in North Platte, Nebraska. The circus-like show included Sitting Bull and his braves, Geronimo, skillful horsemen, international performers, and more.

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Nebraska is the only state with a unicameral (one house) legislature. George Norris believed that it would produce a more economical, honest, and efficient government.

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Favorite Picture Book on Nebraska

The Huckabuck Family: and How They Raised Popcorn in Nebraska and Quit and Came Back by Carl Sandburg is a cute story about a family in Nebraska that grows corn. When a fire turns their crop into popcorn, they leave their farm to try other occupations. They eventually return home to Nebraska. This story is more of a book just for fun, but it does reinforce the importance of corn fields in the state.

Husker Numbers: A Nebraska Number Book (America by the Numbers) by Rajean Luebs Shepherd is similar to the above book, C is for Cornhusker: A Nebraska Alphabet, but it uses numbers rather than the alphabet as its theme while exploring the state.

Dandelions by Eve Bunting takes place in the mid-1800s in the Nebraska territory. A family comes to live on the prairie. The soddie (sod house) is depressing to the mother, so her child brings & plants dandelions to cheer her up. This shows the difficult conditions of the pioneers along with the vast prairies of the land.

Prairie Friends (I Can Read Level 3) by Nancy Smiler Levinson takes place in the mid-1800s in the Nebraska territory. It is about 2 young girls befriending each other, with one missing the town from which she came. The story includes a corn-husking bee, a cornhusk doll, buffaloberry jam, plum pudding, a sod cabin and a dugout.

The Schoolchildren's Blizzard (On My Own History) by Marty Rhodes Figley is about the deadly snowstorm that took place in Nebraska in 1888 and a heroic school teacher who saved the lives of her students. It shows how quickly and severely a storm can come in the state.

Nebraska's Sights and Symbols (Kid's Guide to Drawing America) by Jaycee Kuedee is part of a great 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.

Great Options for Babies, Toddlers, or Preschoolers

Good Night Nebraska (Good Night Our World) Board book by Adam Gamble goes through various scenes of what makes Nebraska special. It is written simply and has illustrations that appeal to even the youngest of listeners. This is best for ages 5 and under.

Little Nebraska (Little State) Board book by Rajean Luebs Shepherd goes through the state's symbols using riddles and rhymes. It has illustrations that appeal to even babies.

A Lantern in Her Hand by Bess Streeter Aldrich (256 pp.) follows the life of an 18 year old girls who travels with her new husband to a homestead in Nebraska.

My Daniel by Pam Conrad (144 pp.) is about a grandmother showing her grandchildren the fossils she and her brother found in Nebraska when they were children along with the lives they lead on the prairie.

My Face to the Wind: the Diary of Sarah Jane Price, a Prairie Teacher, Broken Bow, Nebraska 1881 (Dear America Series) by Jim Murphy is about a 14 year old girl who loses her father and then takes his place as the town schoolteacher. It includes many of the difficulties faced on the prairie.

Nebraska Nightcrawlers (American Chillers) by Johnathan Rand (167 pp.) is about 2 children who initially try to make money by selling night crawlers to fisherman. Eventually the night crawlers grow enormous, and the children have to fight them off to save their town. It's part of a series that takes place in each of the 50 states. It's more entertaining than educational but it does show the importance of agriculture in the state.

Pebblehoof by Jason Black (218 pp) is about a 10 year old girl and her horse living with her family along the Platte River in Nebraska during the mid1800s. They come into conflict with people from the Union Pacific Railroad.

A page from my son's notebook on Nebraska

A page from my son's notebook on Nebraska

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

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

Nine for California Lapbook offers free lapbook pages and activity ideas for Nine for California by Sonia Levitin.

Ten Mile Day And The Building of The Transcontinental Railroad Lapbook offers free lapbook pages and activity ideas for Ten Mile Day And The Building of The Transcontinental Railroad by Mary Ann Fraser.

Nebraska State Facts & Trivia lists numerous points of interest about Nebraska. The site also includes a number of helpful worksheets, links, and information.

History Channel's "States." Nebraska starts at 25:24.

Good Overview of the State

Where is Lincoln, the capital of Nebraska?

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