For years, I have taught fifth grade and I always struggle because learning the location of the 50 states is not apart of our curriculum however, it is difficult to map the journey that Lewis and Clark took towards the Pacific Ocean if the students do not know where the states are located.
I Start this journey with my students of the 50 states by giving the blank map on page 4 and asking students to fill it out. The results of the pre-assessment are always shocking. I give this test everyday until my students learn the locations of the states.
For practice, I give them pages 6-25. Each page is labeled with a letter of the alphabet. The states that are featured on that page all begin with that letter so it is very easy for the students to navigate through the pages. Using a map, I have my students label each blank state with the name of the state (spelled correctly using the word bank on page 26). I also have them list the abbreviation and the capitol. For some states that are much smaller, I just have them write the abbreviation on the state so they can identify it. The states can be used as flash cards if necessary, but what is most exciting is when they cut them out and place them in the proper location to form the United States. It is obviously way too hard to cut out the states perfectly because of all the little, jagged sections, and islands, so I have them cut around them as close to the perimeter as possible. I also remind them that when placing them down on their desk, to get them as close as they can, but not to worry, it will not be perfect because of the way they were cut out. Enjoy!
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Aloha From Fifth