Scrambled States: Wisconsin (and Illinois!) – 6/5

If you tried our challenge, you should have a map of the United States where each state has a picture of the commodity your learned about for that state!

Now that we’ve learned about all the states, can you list them in alphabetical order?  How do you spell each state name?  What are the abbreviations for each state?  Can you put the states in order of number of letters in the name from smallest to largest?  Try it out!


What’s cheese without a cracker? Crackalackin! There is plenty of cheese at our last stop so mooove on over and learn about the home to the cheese heads!  Wisconsin is the #1 cheese-producing state, making around 2 billion pounds of cheese each year.  That calculates to around 26% of the cheese sold in the United States!  Ninety percent of the close to 1,300 cheesemakers in Wisconsin use milk produced from Wisconsin dairy farms, which produce around 23 billion pounds of milk every year! 

Monday is the first day of June, which is national dairy month!  Let’s jumpstart our dairy celebration by first learning about how milk gets from the cow to the store!

Meet a Wisconsin cheese producer who is taking cheese to the next flavorful level!

What do you call cheese that’s not yours? Nacho cheese!

Learn more about Wisconsin here!


Have you heard the rumors of the moon being made out of cheese?  Take a trip to the moon with Charlie to find out in today’s read aloud, “Charlie and the Cheesemonster” by Justin C. H. Birch.

Wisconsin’s 126 cheese plants throughout the state make are over 350 varieties, types, and styles of cheese produced! With all of those different cheeses, how do we know which ones to watch?  The ones that aren’t gouda of course!  Try this fun activity and watch a few of the cheeses you have at home to see how they are different by testing the science of melting! Do you think the cheeses will melt the same?


You are probably familiar with the classic tale Little Miss Muffet and how a spider interrupted her lunch time where she was enjoying a bowl of curds and whey.  Because of the popularity of this tale, and the age you are when you first hear it, you probably never thought twice of what she was eating!  Curds and whey is actually an early version of today’s cottage cheese!  So, how does milk start as a liquid and turn into curds?  Let’s find out!

A colloid is a substance that, at a microscopic level, is evenly dispersed throughout another substance but will not separate on their own.  Milk is a colloid, or more specifically, an emulsion, of fat particle and a watery substance.  An emulsion is a mixture of two liquids that normally don’t mix! So how do we separate the two?

Try out this fun experiment with milk and make your very own curds and whey!


Score a field goal with this fun activity and make the goal post out of an empty milk gallon container!

Learn more about Illinois and Illinois Agriculture at: and be sure to check out our Illinois History Ag Mag be sure to see how Illinois Agriculture connects to the Chicago Bears…….before you watch this next video about the Packers!

Something for Everyone

If you hear the term “cheese head” today, it’s probably a reference to NFL’s Wisconsin Green Bay Packers fans! But how did cheese become tied to football?  Here’s the history behind the name:

Assessment and Extended Response


  1. How many cheese plants are in Wisconsin? (126)
  2. How many varieties, types, and styles of cheese are made in Wisconsin? (Over 350)

*How did your melted cheeses look different from each other?  Why do you think they didn’t melt in the same way?


  1. What was Little Miss Muffet eating before she was interrupted by the spider? (Curds and whey)
  2. What is emulsion? (A type of colloid where two liquids that don’t normally mix, are dispersed evenly with each other)

*In your own words, explain how milk gets from the cow to the store. 


Explain how Illinois Agriculture has a tie to the Chicago Bears!

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