Wednesday, February 16, 2022

Michigan's 185th Birthday

Happy Birthday Michigan!  Established on January 26, 1837, Michigan turned 185 this year!

“This is FUN!” Peyton exclaimed with a large smile. It’s always fun to have a birthday party … especially to celebrate 185 years old! Third grade had a great time celebrating Michigan’s Birthday this past month.

Third graders focus on Michigan history throughout the year for their social studies curriculum. They learn about 

  • Michigan’s geography and natural resources
  • The events that lead to Michigan’s statehood on January 26, 1837
  • The people who live in our beautiful state prior to us
  • The Pledge of Allegiance to the Michigan flag
  • How counties and cities were named
  • The basics of Michigan’s government and the branches of government
  • Some shipwrecks
  • Capitol building in East Lansing (with a visit to the Capitol)
  • Major changes to physical features of Michigan (ie: The Mighty Mac) 
  • And much, much, more! 

So, it’s only natural to celebrate Michigan’s Birthday. We made birthday hats! We all wore clothing that had “something Michigan” on it! We filled the day with Michigan puzzles, videos, and activities, and ended the day with Michigan cookies … complete with, or without, snow.

 Happy Birthday, Michigan!

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