Educational Printables About Michigan

Discover the Wolverine State with these free printables

A view of the Mackinaw Bridge

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On January 26, 1837, Michigan became the 26th state to join the Union. The land was first settled by Europeans when the French arrived there in 1668. The British took control following the French and Indian War, and they struggled with the American colonists for control over the land until the early 1800s.

The United States declared Michigan part of the Northwest Territory following the American Revolution, but the British regained control after the War of 1812. Americans once again took and maintained control of the territory in late 1813.

The population grew rapidly after the Erie Canal opened in 1825. The 363-mile long waterway connected the Hudson River in New York to the Great Lakes. 

Michigan is made up of two landmasses, the Upper and Lower Peninsulas. The two areas are connected by the Mackinac Bridge, a five-mile-long suspension bridge. The state is bordered by Ohio, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Indiana, four of the five Great Lakes (Superior, Huron, Erie, and Michigan), and Canada. 

The city of Lansing has been Michigan's state capital since 1847. The original state capital, Detroit is (known as the car capital of the world), is home to the Detroit Tigers baseball team and General Motors headquarters. Motown Records, the automobile industry, and Kellogg cereal all got their start in Michigan.

Use the following free printables to teach your children about the Great Lakes State.

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Michigan Vocabulary

Begin introducing your students to the Wolverine State. (No one is quite sure why it's called that. Encourage your students to see what they can discover about the origins of the unusual nickname.)

Students will use an atlas, the Internet, or library resources to look up each of the terms on this Michigan vocabulary sheet. As they discover the significance of the terms, as related to Michigan, they should write each on the blank line next to its correct description.

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Michigan Wordsearch

Let your students review the words and phrases associated with Michigan using this fun word search. Each term in the word bank can be found among the jumbled letters in the puzzle.

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Michigan Crossword Puzzle

This Michigan crossword puzzle provides another opportunity for students to review what they've learned about Michigan. Each clue describes a word or phrase associated with the state.

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Michigan State Challenge

Challenge your students to show what they remember about the state of Michigan. For each description, students will choose the correct term from the four multiple-choice options. 

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Michigan Alphabet Activity

Young students can hone their alphabetizing skills while reviewing words associated with Michigan in this alphabet activity. Children should write each word or phrase from the word box in correct alphabetical order on the blank lines provided. 

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Michigan Draw and Write

This draw and write activity allows students to showcase their creativity. They should draw a picture depicting something they learned about Michigan. Then, they can work on their handwriting and composition skills by writing about their drawing on the blank lines provided.

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Michigan State Bird and Flower Coloring Page

The Michigan state bird is the robin, a large songbird with a dark grey head and body and a bright orange breast. The robin is known as the harbinger of spring.

Michigan's state flower is the apple blossom. Apple blossoms have 5 pinkish-white petals and yellow stamen that ripen into an apple in late summer.

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Michigan Skyline and Waterfront Coloring Page

This coloring page features Michigan's skyline. Students can color it as they learn more about Michigan, its coastline, and the four Great Lakes that border it.

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Paige Car Coloring Page

The Paige Roadster was built in Detroit between 1909 and 1927. The car featured a three-cylinder 25 horsepower engine, and it sold for around $800.

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Michigan State Map

Use this Michigan state map to teach your children more about the political features and landmarks of the sate. Students can fill in the state capital, major cities and waterways, and other state landmarks.

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Isle Royale National Park Coloring Page

Isle Royale National Park was established on April 3, 1940. Isle Royale National Park is located on an island in Michigan and is known for its wolf and moose populations. The wolves and moose have been studied continuously on Isle Royale since 1958.

Updated by Kris Bales