A Photograph of Henry Ford

Henry Ford: He Built Cars, and He Built a Car Company…

Henry Ford grew up on a farm, but he didn’t want to be a farmer. Instead, he liked building things, so, when he was 16 years old, he left the farm and moved to Detroit, Michigan, where he began work as an apprentice in a machine shop. He kept learning; he worked hard; and eventually he started a car company that’s still in business today: The Ford Motor Company.

Mr. Ford was always trying to improve things. That’s why he used the assembly line as a way of streamlining the autobuilding process. And, the assembly line is still used today!

So if you like to build things, or if you like to improve the way things work, maybe you’ll come up with your own great invention someday. In the meantime, there’s always one thing you can improve: yourself. So keep learning and keep looking for ways to improve. Henry Ford did it . . . and so can you!

Bright Ideas

5 Quotes by Henry Ford

“Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs.”

“Failure is only the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.”

“Don’t find a fault, find a remedy.”

“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty.”

“The most important history is the history we make today.”

Nifty Fifty

About Michigan

It’s a Fact:  The capital of Michigan is Lansing.

It’s a Fact: Detroit, Michigan, where Henry Ford started his car company, is known as the car capital of the world!

It’s a Fact: Battle Creek, Michigan is nicknamed “Cereal City” because it’s the home of Kellog’s, which is the company that makes Fruit Loops and Frosted Flakes (and lots of other things to eat).

It’s a Fact: Michigan has lots of freshwater. It touches 4 of the 5 great lakes. And, no place in the state is more than 6 miles from a river or a lake.

It’s a Fact: Michigan has about 150 lighthouses, more than any other state.

More Fun Facts

About the Great Lakes

Fun Fact: There are 5 huge lakes that lie between the United States and its neighbor to the north, Canada. They’re called the Great Lakes.

Fun Fact:The 5 Great Lakes are: Lake Superior, Lake Huron, Lake Michigan, Lake Ontario and Lake Erie. Together, they make up the largest body of fresh water on Earth.

Fun Fact: The largest freshwater lake in the world is Lake Superior, which is bigger than all the other Great Lakes combined!

Fun FactThe Great Lakes hold about one-fifth of the freshwater on the surface of our planet.

.Fun Fact: Chicago, one of the biggest cities in America, is located on the shores of Lake Michigan. In Trouble on the TV Train, the Ryder family pays a visit to Chicago.

Questions and Answers
Just for fun,
see if you can answer these questions.
Did Henry Ford grow up in the city or on a farm?
On a farm.
Is the capital of Michigan Detroit or Lansingl?
Is Battle Creek Michigan famous for making cars or making cereal?
Cereal. It’s the home of Kellog’s.
Which is bigger: Lake Superior or Lake Michigan?
Lake Superior. It’s the largest freshwater lake in the world.
Today's Ryder Riddle
Here's a riddle for you:
What's the laziest part of a car?
The wheels. They’re always tired.
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