Ohio: Fun Facts For Teaching Kids About States
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Ohio: Fun Facts For Teaching Kids About States

Tips for teaching kids about states. Does your child struggle with geographical facts about cities and states? Start with each individual state. Learn fun well-known and trivial facts about Ohio. Then, continue your education about the United States of America by tapping into fun factual tidbits from all 50 states.

Learning geography is a necessary part of a well-rounded education.  For kids who have rarely been outside of their home state, this can be a cumbersome and boring task.  Learning the facts along with a few interesting tidbits about a state can infuse some excitement into a fact-filled list of states.

As a parent or teacher of children, develop lesson plans around one, two or all of the following facts.  A field trip to some of the historic sites is a great idea if you live close by or don't mind a road trip.  Other ideas include selecting one fact and then building an entire lesson around it:

  • Use a map to point out where a city or state is located
  • Enlarge the map on a photocopier and laminate the paper.  Then, allow your child to take a toy car and "travel" through the roads on the map.
  • Chidren have different learning styles.  What works for one child may not work for another.  Give each child the most opportunities to learn by using as many senses as possible to bring the lessons home for each child.  Touch, feel, listen to, talk about, draw, create crafts, envision, write about, move to the rhythm of facts put to memory, and sometimes even taste during learning time.

Following are facts about Ohio which you can use as a foundation for expanding your child’s learning about the states:

Ohio became part of the United States on March 1, 1803.  It was the 17th state to join the union.  Its capitol city is Columbus (located toward the center of the state).

The state flower is the red carnation.

Ohio’s state motto is “With God All Things Are Possible”.

Ohio’s nickname is the “Buckeye State” – Of course, the obvious reason for this are the numerous buckeye trees that used to fill the state’s landscape.  The trees are named after the markings on their nuts that look like a buck’s eye.  There is, however, a bit more to the name. 

The state’s nickname came about as the result of an 1840 presidential race negative attack ad gone wrong (or right, depending on which side you were on).  William Henry Harrison’s successful presidential campaign experts decided to turn a negative attack from his opponent (President Martin Van Buren) that pinned him as a man who would be better off sitting in a log cabin drinking hard cider.  Instead of taking the insult sitting down, Harrison’s backers began to use these negative remarks and turn them around for Harrison’s benefit.    A log cabin built with buckeye logs decorated inside with buckeye, and supporters sporting buckeye canes became a trademark in the campaign.  Soon, he would become known as “the log cabin candidate” followed by the title, President Harrison (though, very short lived.  Shorter than one month after his swearing in, he would also become the first president to die in office)

Ohio has several cities within the state which are known for particular accomplishments:

Akron is the rubber capitol of the world.  This name came about as the once boom town became home to four major tire manufacturers.  The companies’ names were Firestone, Goodrich, Good Year, and General Tire.  The city was also the first to use police cars and for the start of what is today known as the K-12 school system which starts children learning at a Kindergarten level and graduates them after the completion of 12th grade.  The system is currently used throughout the United States.

Cincinnati – It’s historically documented that in 1865, the beginnings of transporting patients quickly to the hospital through an ambulance service was used in Cincinnati.  Though, it is often thought that Edward Dalton began the idea of the ambulance in America, after acquiring the idea from his time spent in war, at Bellevue Hospital in New York.  But, the New York ambulance system was not actually established until 1869 (four years after Cincinnati had established it).

Cleveland – Using Brush arc lamps, in 1879, this city became the world’s first to light up with electricity.  Cleveland was also the home of the very first traffic light in America.  It was placed at the intersection of East 105th Street and Euclid Street in the summer of 1914.  Cleveland also became the home of the popular tourist Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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