If you’re an American homeschooler, then a U.S. State study is most certainly on your list of things to do with your elementary homeschoolers. I just recently finished it up with my own kids, and am so happy to share with you today “The Ultimate List of U.S. State Study Resources.” If you have any other great ideas, be sure to leave them in a comment below.
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Read your way through your U.S. State Study
- Around the USA Study: a literature-based geography and history study through the 50 states.
- A Literature-Based Tour of the 50 U.S. States
- Geography with Living Books
- 100 BEST Books for Kids from All 50 States (Easy Geography)
Include State Songs in your U.S. State Study
This is the perfect course to do with any state study! Listen to the state’s official –and unofficial –songs as you learn about each state. Videos of the songs, as well as links to lyrics and sheet music are included.
This course is all you need if you don’t want an additional state study curriculum since the state symbols and other pertinent information are included for each state.
One of my favorite parts of the course is the inclusion of additional songs that are representative of each state, but aren’t “official.” Many of these were recommended by those who live in and love their state. Thanks for sharing these with all of us! (If I missed your favorite, but sure to let me know.)
The “State Songs of the 50 U.S. States” Course is perfect for making geography study of the states of the United States comprehensive and exciting!
Art in your U.S. State Study
I love having the kids draw as we’re studying. This is a perfect way to learn about the landmarks and how t be a better artist at the same time.
American Landmarks Video Art Course Includes Learning to Draw:
- Golden Gate Bridge
- Liberty Bell
- Washington Monument with fireworks
- Yellowstone Falls
- Delicate Arch
- The Grand Tetons
- Lincoln Memorial
- Niagara Falls
- Civil War Cannon
Other Activities and Resources for your U.S. State Study
- USA Geography resources
- The Best Games to Teach Geography
- Lewis and Clark Louisiana Purchase Edible Map
O.K, this is so totally fun! It’s similar to making a salt dough map, but it’s actually edible. The recipe is included. I’m sure your kids will remember the Louisiana Purchase/Lewis and Clark trail after this activity!
- Eat Your Way Through the USA geography cookbook
- Hands-on Geography: Longitude/Latitude Mapmaking Activity
- Name That State! File Folder Game from Homeschool in the Woods
- What better way to learn about state names, capitals, and facts than with a game? The Name That State! file folder game is designed to help drill state shapes, names, initials, capitals, regions, and more. Players compete to see who can remember and claim more states in a game that can vary dramatically in difficulty, from basic beginner information to including more complex facts. ?
- The Scrambled States of America game
- 10 Westward Expansion Hands-on History Activities
These 10 hands-on history activities include making food, crafts, and games that those who moved to the western states of the U.S. would have made or played.
Writing and Printables for your U.S. State Study
- U.S. State Study Notebooking Pages
“U.S. Notebooking Pages” free sample (of the 3 pages for Alabama):
- Free Copywork of “Cattle” A Texas Poem
- Printables for Learning States, Abbreviations, and Capitals
- Free license plate game printable
I love the natural way this brings about learning geography of the states~ through a license plate game!
- Free copy of Explore the USA with Me, An Adventurer’s Travel Journal
- Free States and Capitals Printable
- Notebooking Pages State Study Notebooking Pages
- Each individual set of state notebooking pages includes a Notebook Cover (1 page), Map, Nickname, & Motto Page (1 page), State Facts Reporting Page (1 page), State Timeline Recording Page (1 page), State Symbol Pages – bird/flower, tree, flag, seal, song (6 pages), Map Pages (2 pages), Template Pages for History, Government, Famous People, Inventions, Tourism (2 pages each), Template Pages (Blank) – for your own topics (4 pages), State Symbol Pages (Blank) – draw your own symbols (11 pages), Cutouts for Notebooks or Lapbooks (3 pages), Travel Journaling Pages (4 pages), and 2 pages of Info, ideas, directions, and state facts.
- Our Journey Westward’s 50 States Notebooking Pages
- This 64-page set of notebooking pages is perfect to guide 2nd-6th graders on a research-based study of the 50 states of the U.S.A. It includes a notebooking page for each of the 50 states with a traceable map where your children can highlight notable places – like capital cities, key historical sites, and/or major tourist attractions. Additionally, cut and paste full-color flags and state seals (included in the download) to make each notebooking page colorful and complete.
- Crafty Classroom’s U.S.A. Activity Pack
- This set includes the U.S.A. Activity Pages, one for each of the 50 states where students map the location, capital city, landmarks, abbreviation, nickname, state flower, and state bird. Children color the state flag as well as the state flower and state bird with ample room to add interesting facts and notes. This activity pack includes two games to finish out your unit: USA Bingo & Roll Across America.
Ideas for traveling to different U.S. States
Most of these are my own family’s road trip vacations. 🙂
- Onto Old Virginny by Way of Louisville, Kentucky
- California, Here We Come: San Francisco and Sacramento
- Visiting Hollywood
- Visiting Los Angeles
- Monterey, California
- Visiting Legoland California
- Colorado: Great Sand Dunes & Bents Old Fort
- Leadville, Colorado
- Vail, Colorado
- Colorado Springs, Colorado
- Omaha, Nebraska
- Vacation to USS Yorktown, WWII Aircraft Carrier in South Carolina
- Beach Vacation to Kiawah Island, South Carolina
- The Smoky Mountains in Tennessee
- Vacation to Dollywood
- Vacation to Mammoth Cave
- Niagara Falls area: Tips and Recommendations
- Road Trip Through Maine: Boat Tour and Pemaquid Point
- Road Trip Through Maine: Acadia and Bar Harbor
- Traveling with kids to South Dakota: Must-see sites and where to stay
- Travel with Kids to Southwest Idaho | Must See Sites | Places to Play
- Junior Ranger Programs | Explore National Parks with Children
- Assateague Island- A Guide to Visiting and Camping with Kids
- Washington D.C.
- Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
- Cincinnati, Ohio
- Pennsylvania: Hershey, Easton, Gettysburg, & Philadelphia
- Amish & Mennonite Country in Pennsylvania
- South Dakota Trip Journal
- Disneyworld Florida Tips
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