Scrambled States: Michigan and Minnesota – 6/2


It’s a M-M-Marvelous day to learn about two of our M states!  Today we are learning about the cherries of Michigan and the turkeys of Minnesota!


Traverse City, Michigan is the Cherry Capital of the world!  Each year, Michigan produces between 200-250 million pounds of cherries each year, where 50% of that is grown in the Grand Traverse region! Michigan is also the leading producer of tart cherries in the United States, holding 36,000 acres of tart cherry trees out of the 55,000 acres nationwide.  Tart cherries are perfect for baking and sweet cherries are perfect for snacking!

Have you ever heard of a pie tree?  Find out more in today’s read along “Pie in the Sky” by Lois Ehlert.

Tart cherry trees have an average of 7,000 cherries.  If it takes 250 tart cherries to make a cherry pie, how many cherry pies would you get from a tart cherry tree?

Now, make a your own paper plate cherry pie!

Learn more about Michigan here!


What’s all the gobble about?  Minnesota is the #1 turkey producing and processing state in the United States!  There are around 450 turkey farmers in Minnesota- many of them being 3rd, 4th, and even 5th generation turkey farmers-that are raising between 44 to 46 million turkeys! First, meet John, a Minnesota turkey farmer who is sharing information about turkey farming.

Now, read about turkeys and answer the questions!

Read this quote from Benjamin Franklin: “I wish the Bald Eagle had not been chosen as the representative of our country: he is a Bird of bad moral character: like those among Men who live by Sharping and Robbing, he is generally poor and very often lousy. The Turkey is a much more respectable Bird and withal a true original Native of North America”

Your activity today is to choose a bird that YOU think should be the representative of our country!  Create a postcard with a picture of your chosen bird and letter explaining why you think that bird should represent our country. 

Learn more about Minnesota here!


Oh no! Farmer John broke his leg and can’t feed his turkeys!  His turkeys are in a room at the top of the barn.  Design and build a machine that will get the food from the food bin up to the turkeys!

Something for Everyone

Have you heard of a cherry spitting competition? Well in Eau Claire, Michigan it’s a big deal!  It was even recognized in the Guinness Book of World Records!

Assessment and Extended Response


  1. What city in Michigan is called the “Cherry Capital of the World”? (Traverse City, Michigan)
  2. How many tart cherries does it take to make a pie? (Around 250 tart cherries)

*What other commodities would you need to make a real pie? 


  1. How many turkey farmers are in Minnesota? (Around 450)
  2. How many turkeys are raised each year? (An average of 44-46 million turkeys)

*Explain your thoughts on why Benjamin Franklin wanted the turkey to represent our country.

*How have simple machines helped pave the way for modern technology?

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