Was at a workshop once and learned about the outline of a chef called MIMAL (Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana) standing in the middle of the United States. Not stopping there, I expanded the chef's story to cover the entire country! In just two lessons, you tell the story, fill in your study maps, and your kids will know their states! I still have former students and parents come up to me and say they "see the chef" every time they see a map of the U.S.. One of my most fun and best ever lessons. So glad I can share with you. Enjoy!