Pop Quiz! Do You Know Your Michigan Symbols?
I know it's been a while since you've been asked, but as a Michigan 3rd grader, it's imperative that you know what our state fossil is. What's that you say? You didn't even know that Michigan had a 'State Fossil'. Before we test your knowledge of your home state, let's first take a look at the 11 Michigan State Symbol categories you'll be quizzed on.
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Why Do We Have State Symbols?
It's a reasonable question honestly: Why bother having a state wildflower or state game animal? According to StateSymbolsUSA.org, it's:
Official symbols represent the cultural heritage & natural treasures of each state or the entire USA.
Plus it gives us something else for out-of-staters to pick up at Michigan museum gift shops. Everyone is a sucker for a shiny, polished stone, 'fossil', or maybe even dirt (more on that in the quiz).
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Michigan's State Symbol Catagories
There are 11 Michigan State Symbols you'll be quizzed on today, they are:
- Michigan's State Tree
- Michigan's State Wildflower
- Michigan's State Fish
- Michigan's State Bird
- Michigan's State Flower
- Michigan's State Fossil
- Michigan's State Game Animal
- Michigan's State Gem
- Michigan's State Reptile
- Michigan's State Soil
- Michigan's State Stone
A couple of things that really need to be pointed out here are:
- Yes. Michigan does, in fact, have a 'State Soil'.
- hint: it's named after a Michigan city
- Yes. The Mitten State needs both a 'State Wildfolower' and a 'State Flower'. What else are we going to put into the 'State Soil'? Huh????
- Isn't Michigan's 'State Stone' technically also a...
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Oops! Sorry. Almost gave you a great big hint there. So, without further fanfare, here is your 11 Michigan State Symbol quiz: