Students can learn the states by region with this quick student guide. The worksheet guide is broken down into the 5 regions with information sheets on each region followed by the states in order of how they joined that region. After each region is a page to compile the states and capitals, which can be used for review or a quiz, and at the end of the packet is a page to list all the states in order of statehood.
This guide is designed to be used with the books, True Books: The Northeast, The Southeast, The Midwest, The Southwest, and The West individual region books. I read each of these books to my students and we filled in the main pages on region information.
The state information was found using the book, The 50 States: Explore the U.S.A with 50-fact filled maps but any state information books or websites would work.
I used this as a whole class activity as we moved through the United States learning about each region. On each state information page, there is a box included for facts and this was where I added the postal code and abbreviation and any fun facts students heard as I read each individual state page to them.
This year I used this as a crash course in the states as I adopted Social Studies into my curriculum last in the year, I co-teach and was not teaching it at the beginning of the year. Next year I plan to incorporate this throughout the year, moving slowly through it as we learn about each region in depth.
It could be used for a fast two-week study of the regions and states or a whole year in depth review.