The literature theme for our Michigan trip was Holling Clancy Holling's "Paddle-to-the-Sea," a story that beautifully illustrates the geography and history of the Great Lakes. It centers around a young boy's dream, but also covers the area's industry and ecology. If you've never read a Holling Clancy Holling book, then you are truly missing out!
Great Lakes & Michigan state unit :
- M Is For Mitten: A Michigan Alphabet
- Michigan (From Sea to Shining Sea)
- The story of the Great Lakes
- Paddle-to-the-Sea & unit study (FREE)
- Michigan state study
- Paddle to the Sea video (about 30 minutes)
The boys were amazed at how Lake Michigan resembled the ocean!!
At the Tri-Cities Historical Museum (free) in Grand Haven, we learned about the Native Americans and French Trappers of the 18th and 19th centuries.
The kids decided that working in the logging industry looked like fun, but a lot of hard work!
If you have time for the drive, Mackinac Island is a quaint step back in time to the turn of the 20th century. It is full of history, particularly from the War of 1812, and is the dividing point between Lake Michigan and Lake Huron. The Mackinac Bridge is one of the longest suspension bridges in the country. A visit to the Upper Peninsula is on our to-do list, as we have distant family in the area, but we only got to drive across the bridge this trip.