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Montana is a state in the Western United States. The state’s name is derived from the Spanish word montaña – which means mountain.
See the fact file below for more information about Montana or download the comprehensive worksheet collection to utilise within the classroom or home environment.
Became a State
November 8, 1889 (41st)
Pacific Northwest and Great Plaines of United States
147,042 sq. miles (4th)
Billings, Missoula, Great Falls, Butte, Boseman, Helene
wheat, sugar beets, cattle ranching, gold, silver, copper, coal, oil, lumber
equally varied between continental climate, which is warmer winter and summer, and Pacific coast climate with milder winters, cooler summers
averages 15 inches
Professional Sports Teams
no professional sport teams
Yellowstone River, Clark Fork River, Missouri River
Most Famous Citizens
Gary Cooper (actor)
Chet Huntley (journalist)
Myrna Loy (actress)
Sacajawea (Indian guide)
Evel Kniewel (daredevil motorcyclist)
Bird – Western Meadowlark
Flower – Bitterroot
Animal – Grizzly Bear
Tree – Ponderosa Pine
Additional State Facts & History
- Native American tribes, including Crow, Cheyenne, Blackfeet, and Kalispel lived on the land.
- Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, accompanied by Native American guide Sacagawea, passed through the region in 1805.
- More than 50 years later, settlers found gold and people quickly came to Montana in search of their own fortune.
- With its newly expanding population and mining value, the land was made a U.S. territory in 1864.
- It became a state on November 8, 1889.
- In 1876, the Lakota Sioux, Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes banded together to take back their land, defeating the U.S. army at the Battle of the Little Bighorn in 1876.
- Despite this victory, the Native Americans were ultimately defeated, and settlers continued to build on the land.
- Many Native American tribes still live in Montana, including the Blackfeet, Crow, and Cheyenne.
- Montana’s name comes from the Spanish word montaña, roughly meaning “mountainous” because the state has so many mountains with 300 peaks over 9,600 feet tall.
- Gold and silver deposits were mined from the Montana mountains as early as the 1800s.
- It’s nickname is the Treasure State.
- Its mountains are home to grizzly and black bears, bighorn sheep, gray wolves and bison.
- Animals that live on the plains include pronghorn, coyotes and badgers.
- Bald eagles, golden eagles, red-winged blackbirds and mountain bluebirds soar throughout Montana’s skies.
- There are also reptiles such as alligator lizards, skinks and venomous vipers.
- Montana’s top natural resources are copper, gold, silver and sapphires.
- One of the state’s most valuable resources is petroleum.
- The state is also the world’s leading producer of talc, a mineral used in cosmetics.
- Famous Montanans are: Actor and comedian Dana Carvey, actor Gary Cooper, basketball coach Phil Jackson, movie director David Lynch, actress and singer Martha Raye, and Jeannette Rankin, the first woman elected to the U.S. Congress.
This bundle contains 11 ready-to-use Montana Worksheets that are perfect for students who want to learn more about Montana which is a state in the Western United States. The state’s name is derived from the Spanish word montaña – which means mountain.
Download includes the following worksheets:
- Montana Facts
- State Symbols
- Tribes vs U.S. Army
- Let’s Draw
- Match It!
- Famous Montanans
- Poet’s Corner
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