Illinois was the 21st state to join the union. It became a state on December 3, 1818.
Capital - Springfield
Abbreviation - IL
Nickname - Prairie State
Motto - State Sovereignty, National Union
Song - "Illinois"
Bird - Cardinal
Flower - Illinois Native (Purple) Violet
Insect - Monarch Butterfly
Area - approximately 57,918 square miles
Websites for studying about Illinois
Worksheets and puzzles for kids to learn more about Illinois
Fun Educational Activities
From TeachersFirst. A comprehensive resource on Illinois
Mr. Donn has been online for as long as I can remember and he has one of the largest collections of social studies resources available. This is his collection of Illinois resources.
Information about Illinois. State study guides have been added to the Fast Facts pages
From the Library of Congress. Games and stories of America's past.
Facts & Trivia about Illinois
Unique tourist attractions and landmarks in Illinois
Loads of fun facts, photos, and travel information about Illinois.
Student Spotlight shows at the BCPA help educators meet Illinois Learning Standards on a wide variety of subjects, including Performing Arts, English Language Arts, History, Science, and Math. Attending Student Spotlight shows is a multi-faceted opportunity for learning. This isn't merely a trip to the theatre, although arts and humanities are important to study on their own. All shows are curriculum-connected and, as they enter the venue, students are exposed to unique architecture in an important and historic location.
Illinois Virtual Field Trips
Art Institute of Chicago
Lincoln's New Salem State Historic Site