General ideas for 50 States

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Marie
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General ideas for 50 States

Unread post by Marie » Fri Feb 15, 2008 12:36 am

General ideas for 50 States

Also see the Adventures ideas board, including:

State bird and flower cards
http://board.mfwbooks.com/viewtopic.php ... 927#p49698

Julie in MN
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Unread post by Julie in MN » Tue Oct 14, 2008 12:37 am

(1) Book guides
If you have any of the "V is for Viking" type of books about states, then you might find something useful in the study guides that go with the books:
http://www.gale.cengage.com/DiscoverAmerica/guides/

(2) Song
When I was young, it was a tradition in 4th or 5th grade to learn "50 Nifty United States." We learned the 50 states in alphabetical order -- and it stuck.

Unfortunately, they must have the tightest copyright control around & it isn't easy to come by. You can probably find a home video online of kids singing the song at home or at school. The sheet music is for sale. The author is Ray Charles (not the famous guy).

It's a great song, so if you know it, don't forget to teach it to your kids! (When we learn the songs in 1850MOD, I'll have to compare the retention.)

(3) Alternative to coloring
Sticker Set, by StickerUSA/Barker Creek

My ds just does not like to color. So I got him a sticker book for the state sheets. It didn't work perfectly (capital sticker is often too large to fit inside state so he drew an arrow; bird sticker is much smaller than drawing; MFW flags were easier because they have state names on them; we had to use the StickerUSA key to match some of the stickers correctly), but my son was happy to put the stickers on his state sheets & move on to reading the fun facts on the other side. He did still have to write in the surrounding states & bodies of water, plus I had him highlight his favorite fact.

(This idea is best for small families like mine, where there is no peer pressure to encourage coloring & the cost is only $12 for one child from ChristianBook.)

(4) Native American Tribes
The state sheets often brought up words or events involving Native Americans. It became a good time for us to discuss the native peoples.

I found that a map of all the different tribes helped us briefly review & reinforce the idea that there were MANY very different groups of people on this continent. We had a map from Wall Drug (LOL!): http://www.walldrug.com/pc-1256-70-indi ... s-map.aspx

Another interesting one is National Geographic's "North American Indian Cultures" map for 12.99, with a free shipping offer sometimes.

There are others you can just look at online, such as:
http://www.aaanativearts.com/catalog2/p ... hp/pID/461
http://portfolio.educ.kent.edu/mcclella ... ricans.htm

I never found the information to be consistent across different maps, the state sheets, or any of the other information we came across. So, we didn't try to memorize any of it. I guess tribes migrated & boundaries were loose. The main idea we got was just that there were a LOT of tribes :o) just like all the tribes we learned about in Europe in RTR, in Africa, etc.

Also, here is a good, brief look at a variety of Native American traditional homes http://www.kstrom.net/isk/maps/houses/housingmap.html
http://www.native-languages.org/houses.htm#daubhouse
And more http://www.native-languages.org/kidfaq.htm

(5) State abbreviations
For mapwork, my ds found it helpful to learn the state abbreviations. He would use those for marking surrounding states on his state sheets, etc.

Interesting postal history of state abbreviations:
http://www.usps.com/postalhistory/_pdf/ ... ations.pdf

(6) State quarters
There is actually a lot you can learn about each state by studying the images they chose for their state quarter. Here is the US Mint's info on them: http://www.usmint.gov/kids/coinNews/50sq/
More info here: http://www.usmint.gov/education/
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Great book for ADV or Exp-1850

Unread post by doubleportion » Tue Oct 12, 2010 9:28 am

My dd was given a book for her birthday from some friends of ours who are originally from Maryland and Pennsylvania. It is called Katie And The Lemon Tree by Esther Bender. You can find it here:http://www.estherbender.com/lemonTreeSeries.htm The story line is based on historical facts about the author's ancestors, so it would be historical fiction with a factual base.

It is a great story about a woman and her husband who immigrate to America from Germany and settle in Maryland. It is a sweet story of the emotional and physical challenges these immigrants faced and the faith in God that they had that kept them going. It would be a great book to read when you get to Maryland in ADV or during that period in history in Exp-1850. It is 95 pages and the chapters are short. It would be a great read aloud for the family or for your middle reader to read on their own. There are many phrases listed in German but the English translation is immediately listed below. We've all enjoyed reading it and hope to get more of this author's books in the future. She has a nice writing style.

:)
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Resource for EXP1850

Unread post by TriciaMR » Sun Jul 17, 2011 11:15 pm

The local teacher supply store [had] Colorado State Bingo. It has a bunch of cards in it that match up to interesting facts about our state. I was thinking this would be great for my 2nd graders (I'm not really expecting them to write a state report), and a fun way for the oldest to get facts.

Her website is http://www.lucybingogames.com - I saw one for California and Texas, too.

Anyway, looks like she had several different ones (New England States, Nature Bingo, Canada Bingo, a USA Bingo).

I was just thinking for those in California and Texas, it might be a way to narrow down what you want to report on for your state report.

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Re: Resource for EXP1850

Unread post by rxmom » Mon Jul 18, 2011 6:37 pm

Hi Trish,
Thanks for the info...her games look fun. Unfortunately, she does not have one on Virginia.

She does have a US Bingo game and some others that look interesting. We love games around here....
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Good supplement to Exp to 1850?

Unread post by robertb10502 » Wed Feb 08, 2012 8:47 am

my3sons wrote:[History Channel DVD sets offered at a temporary discount through Homeschool Buyers Co-op]
I came across the above deal and was wondering how well those DVDs would fit into the Exp to 1850 and maybe 1850 to MOD. Maybe for a Friday afternoon? Thoughts? :)
I have the state ones. We are only on Adventures so I don't know how they would go along with the higher levels......but we like them. We watch them as we learn the states. I plan on holding on to them for later years. I have not seen any of the others in that set though. Hopefully someone who has done the higher levels will jump in with there opinion since I'm not much help.
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Re: Good supplement to Exp to 1850?

Unread post by Julie in MN » Wed Feb 08, 2012 9:02 am

We very much enjoyed watching a video about each president during EX1850 and 1850MOD. We used the CSPAN ones. They are online, but we found it very convenient to have our own VHS set.

I can't tell if the History Channel set has a segment on each president,and whether they organize them in chronologic order? Other videos we tried to watch on states and presidents often didn't do them chronologically, or didn't separate each one out, and I found it was too much trouble to "find" each segment daily to match our MFW studies. But I was probably using VHS, and DVD might be easier to navigate :)

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Re: Good supplement to Exp to 1850?

Unread post by jasntas » Wed Feb 08, 2012 10:55 am

When we were in ADV we watched the States ones and really liked them. They occasionally come on the History Channel, I think it is, and I recorded them all. (A word of caution. The California segment talks about gay rights and features a gay parade. I happened to have previewed that one so I skipped over that part of the program.) Otherwise a very interesting and enjoyable set.

How the States Got Their Shapes was ok. Not quite as interesting as the States ones, at least to us. I was able to record those as well.

I haven't seen the Presidential ones so no opinion there.

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robertb10502 wrote:Thank you so much for putting this [caution]. We are not to California yet so I didn't know about it. I will have to preview that one so we can skip part of it.
You are welcome. I was a bit disappointed with that segment, especially since we live in CA and there are so many other things they could have featured. :(
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Re: Good supplement to Exp to 1850?

Unread post by jasntas » Wed Feb 08, 2012 11:02 am

I meant to add that on the States ones they are approx hour long shows broken down into about 15 to 20 min segments for each state. We frequently watch short segments like this during our lunch breaks. Longer shows we usually watch on Fridays as a family. (Fridays are usually our family nights where we will watch a movie, educational or not. Then we usually play games, again educational or not. And my dh usually makes home made pizza. Only homeschooled kids wouldn't care if they watch educational shows and play educational games during family time. lol)
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