The Midwest!

By : Lexi & Caitlin

Land Forms in The Midwest

States in the Midwest!

North Dakota, Iowa, Wisconsin, South Dakota, Nebraska, Missouri, Kansas, Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana

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The Midwest has 11 states and by L Urquijo

Sleeping Bear Dunes

I bet you’re wondering why they’re called the Sleeping Bear Dunes. It’s because long ago there was a really big sand dune shaped like a sleeping bear and that’s how it got it’s name. The dune is located in Michigan. It is near Lake Michigan. Some time ago all of the midwest were glaciers. Glaciers are giant icebergs. They can go miles deep and miles across. When and if you stand on it you’re miles above the ocean. So do you want to stand on this ice?

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Sleeping bear dunes by L Urquijo


The Badlands are located in South Dakota. Their called the Badlands because they are dry, and you can hardly find a single animal or any food when crossing it. Oh, and that’s the thing. You CAN’T cross it. Well, not like it is impossible. You can, but watch out! You need LOT’S of food and water, and be prepared, you will see fossils of saber-toothed cats! The tops are sharp and jagged. Fun fact! They look like candy corns. Visit ‘em and see for yourself!

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Badlands by L Urquijo

Waterways in The Midwest

Lake Ontario

Lake Ontario is near the northern part of the Midwest. It is also near the Ontario canadian province. It is a freshwater lake. In fact, Lake Ontario is one of the five great lakes. In Wyandot language, “Lake Ontario” means “Lake of Shining Waters.” That’s Lake Ontario!

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Lake Michigan

So, I bet you already know where Lake Michigan is by now. (In Michigan). And did you know it’s one of the 5 great lakes?! (Lake Superior, Lake Huron, Lake Michigan, Lake Erie, and Lake Ontario). A cool thing is it’s owned by the USA and Canada. It’s like sharing your computer with your brother. Another thing is it’s the 3rd largest lake by surface area. I want to swim there!

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Attractions in The Midwest

Sears Tower also known as the Willis Tower

The Sears Tower is in Chicago, Illinois. It is also called the Willis Tower. It was constructed in 1974, and is 1,454 feet tall. It is 110 stories high. That’s tall! It was the tallest in the world, believe it or not. But It got bumped down to second place.

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The Willis Tower/Sears Tower by L Urquijo

Mount Rushmore

Mount Rushmore is located in North no South Dakota! It’s visited by 3 million people a year. Do the statues you’ve seen get that many visits? It was sculpted by Danish-American Gutzon Borglum and his son Lincoln Borglum. They are 60 foot structures of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln. Cool huh!?

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Cities in The Midwest

Chicago, Illinois

Have you ever been to Chicago, Illinois? It is one of the most well known cities in the United States as a very passionate sports town. Chicago sits 578 feet above sea level (Lake Michigan). Also there’s 86 million visitors annually. In fact that’s about as much as Disney World! Well, Doesn’t Chicago sound awesome!?

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Kansas City, Missouri

You would think Kansas City was in Kansas, right? It’s not, it’s in Missouri. It is the largest city in Missouri, too. It is known for rich culture in arts, many fountains, upscale shopping, and lots of local cuisine (notably barbecue mostly). It was chose by Fabes magazine as one of America’s top downtowns for those things. Love Kansas City!

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