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Explore: USA &#; A FREE Geography Curriculum for Lower Elementary

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Turn on some music, grab some snacks, and let&#;s get ready to hit the road!  We&#;re going on a road trip and we&#;d love for you to join us!

Today, we&#;re launching our brand new US State geography curriculum!

Intended for lower elementary students, this geography series will introduce you to a new state each week.  By the time we&#;ve reached the end of our journey, we&#;ll have visited each and every one of the 50 U.S. states and you&#;ll have learned all about their capitals, state symbols, famous figures, and more!

In addition, every state study includes fun facts, hands-on activity ideas, book recommendations to extend your learning and more!

The first pack in our series is an introduction pack designed to give you the maps and resources you&#;ll need to complete the state studies along with a fun printable cover sheet should you decide to keep the packs together in a 3-ring binder.

In this pack, you&#;ll find:

  • List of U.S. states in alphabetical order
  • States listed by date of statehood
  • 2 U.S. state maps (the 48 contiguous states)
  • State map marking the various regions of the U.S.
  • A world map marking the U.S. to also show the location of Alaska and Hawaii

One thing to note is that these state maps are to be used simply as reference maps for the majority of your state studies.  It is recommended that you utilize either another map, globe, or some other, larger resource for studying the states, their terrain, distances from each other, etc. more extensively.

The pack is meant to get you set up and ready to roll.  Before you know it, we&#;ll be cruising down the highway as we explore the U.S.A!

Make sure you check back each week for the newest state studies!

Sours: https://fromabcstoacts.com/explore-usa-geography-curriculum-for-lower-elementary/

United States Social Studies

Develop your students&#; understanding of United States history, geography, and government. Shop Kaplan&#;s selection of books, puzzles, maps, and more to teach United States social studies in your classroom.

In the Community Books - Set of 6
In the Community Books - Set of 6

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Grades K - 1. Spark the interest of beginning readers with engaging fiction and authentic informational content! These high-quality books feature an appropriate reading level and familiar standards-based themes. Set of 6 books have 12 - 20 pages each.

The First Thanksgiving - Paperback
The First Thanksgiving - Paperback

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5 - 8 years. History comes to life on the page as readers learn the story of the Pilgrims hosting the first Thanksgiving. Vividly retold in simple language for beginning readers, this book is ideal for 1st to 3rd grade readers! Step 3 Readers feature engaging characters in easy-to-follow plots about popular topics. For children who are ready to read on their own. Paperback. 48 pages.

Famous Paintings and Fact Cards
Famous Paintings and Fact Cards

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5 years & up. Learn about 30 illustrated cards of the world's most famous paintings with these Famous Paintings Cards. Unravel stories behind the pictures and find out all about the lives of the artists behind the paintings.Facts include the when, where and by whom each painting was created. Size: 4" x ". Included: 30 Cards.

Magnetic USA Map Puzzle
Magnetic USA Map Puzzle

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4 years & up. Interactive puzzle helps children learn geography including state names, landmarks, plants, animals, and more. Includes 44 outlined magnetic pieces to help children put the correct piece in the correct spot while increasing fine motor skills. Measures 19"L x 13"H.

Who Was Books - Set of 6
Who Was Books - Set of 6

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Grades 3 - 5. These well-written biographies tell the stories of notable individuals in a variety of contexts. Each book highlights the life, contributions and accomplishments of the individual in a fun, engaging way that clearly explores the world he/she lived in and changed. Fascinating details and black-and-white illustrations fill each story, along with side notes and a time line to enhance readers' understanding. Collection includes six, page paperbacks.

Biographies Books - Set of 6
Biographies Books - Set of 6

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Grades 1 - 2. The engaging fiction and authentic informational text in these books will motivate even the most reluctant reader! Each title features appealing themes that connect to real-world concepts. This 6 book set of Motivational Figures and Characters have 24 - 28 pages each.

USA Map KID$ Value Rug - 4' x 6'
USA Map KID$ Value Rug - 4' x 6'

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This rug shows the United States of America's 50 states and their abbreviations, helping children of all ages learn geography. With its colorful design and educational theme, this rug will be a beautiful addition to any room and is perfect for use in smaller play areas. Measures 4' x 6".

Black History Books - Set of 4
Black History Books - Set of 4

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4 years & up. Educate and inspire with this culturally relevant book set dedicated to celebrating Black History! Children and their families will find heroes and role models within these stories that uplift and amplify Black excellence, voices, and achievements. From Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to Mae Jemison, the historical figures showcased in these diverse stories will inspire children to never give up on their dreams no matter what obstacles may be in their way. Hardcover and paperback mix. Set of 4.

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Making the Most of Maps


Watercolor, Viewing the coasts by the Chart, , William H. Meyers, NYPL

When a group of students has no prior experience or knowledge of using geography and maps in a social studies class, what are some ways that map/geography skills can be incorporated into a lesson?


Elementary Students

To some extent the answer to this question depends on the age of the children you are teaching. Given the abstract nature of maps, formal introduction to map skills is likely best done after age six. For these young learners, I suggest that you look at the newly redesigned National Geographic Education website that includes a mini-lesson on "What is a Map." This lesson introduces the concept of a map as a simplified model of reality. From there one of the best ways to introduce map reading is to create a map of a familiar area (such as the classroom) together. That and other elementary geography projects can be found on this teacher-created site.

For slightly older students map skills should include learning the vocabulary of maps: words and concepts such as legends, scales, and compass roses. Instruction can also begin to focus on the concept that mapmakers must be selective and can show only a limited number of things on each map. Try this lesson from the United States Geological Survey that gets to this point. In any case, it is important to teach students about maps and how to use them before asking them to read and analyze content-specific maps.

Once students have a basic understanding of maps, teachers can begin to explore the use of maps to highlight important historical concepts. Elementary school is not too early to begin this type of lesson. A video example of using maps to teach history in a 4th-grade classroom can be explored here. The main goal in this lesson is to engage students in actively asking questions of the primary source document (in this case John Smith's map of Tidewater Virginia) and interpreting and understanding what they are seeing.

Finding the Right Map for Your Classroom

The Library of Congress has a large collection of maps that can be used for historical study. The site also has a self-directed professional development module for teachers about how to access and use maps in social studies lessons. This module is useful if you are new to using maps to teach history. To learn even more about what to look for in historical maps I encourage you to read the short demonstration essay "Making Sense of Maps" by David Stephens of Youngstown State University.

Older Students

As with other print media, students must learn to ask why was this document made, for whom, and in what context.

High school students with weaker geography backgrounds may require a review of terms and fundamental spatial concepts. But it is even more important for this age group for you to teach dynamic geographic analysis skills. See this Teaching Guide that includes an easy-to-use step handout to guide questioning about a map. It not only lists what to look for in a map, but also engages students in asking their own questions about what is represented (and what is not) and how that influences our understanding of the map. As with other print media, students must learn to ask why was this document made, for whom, and in what context.

Finally, I am excited by the new uses for older maps that are afforded by the new Geographical Information Systems (GIS) technologies. An example of a high school lesson plan using interactive mapping features can be found here. This is just one of several history lesson plans based on GIS technology that are becoming available.

Creativity is Key

In sum, a myriad of historical maps can now be found on the Internet and their use is just beginning to be fully explored by teachers. There are so many kinds of maps. Let your imagination run free. Become familiar with the types of materials that are out there and the ways in which they might be used and then try them out with your classes. A good starting point for looking for maps can be found online here, here, and here as well as at the Library of Congress. As a geography buff, I love the number and quality of teaching materials that are now available. Kids like to work with maps and geography is fun to teach. Good luck!

Sours: https://teachinghistory.org/teaching-materials/ask-a-master-teacher/
50 States and Capitals of the United States of America - Learn geographic regions of the USA map

Reading a Resource Map

1. Talk about natural resources we commonly use.

Explain that when students drink a glass of water, they are using a natural resource. Natural resources are things found in nature that people use. Have students look around their classroom for other goods that come from natural resources. Ask: Where do our books and writing paper come from? (trees/forests) Point to plastic items or clothing made of synthetic fibers, such as fleece or polyester. Ask: Where does this come from? (oil)


2. Read aloud the poem in the Resources Poetry handout.

Engage students in the topic of natural resources by reading aloud the poem &#;Where Does It Come From?&#; on the provided handout as students follow along. Read the poem aloud a second time, and have students raise their hands after each verse if they can identify a natural resource in the line. List the resources on the board as students name them.


3. Explore the United States Resources map.

Explain that natural resources come from Earth and are found in different places. A resource map shows where certain natural resources are found. Project the map United States Resources. Explain that this map shows some of the natural resources found in the United States. Look together at the map key and read the items shown on this map. Ask: Where are fish found in the United States? Have students first find the fish symbol, then look for it on the map. Elicit from students that fish are found along the Pacific Ocean, Atlantic Ocean, and the Gulf of Mexico. Ask: In which states is coal found? Explain that each picture of a natural resource means that the resource is found in that state, but it does not mean just one of the item. Guide students to relate the read aloud poem from Step 2 to the map. Then ask:

  • What resources does the map show for our state? (Answers will vary by state; note that this map shows a select number of resources, so if there are none shown in your state, that does not mean that your state has no natural resources.)
  • What resource is Texas rich in? (oil)&#;
  • Why is fish such a big resource in California? (California has a long coastline on the Pacific Ocean.)&#;
  • What other resources do you know of that come from your state that are not included here?
  • How is a resource map helpful? (Possible response: It shows where resources are located, which is helpful to people making goods out of those resources.)

Talk about how the resources in an area can be related to the types of work people do there. For example, if areas where forests are a resource, people may work in lumber or paper-related industries. Ask: How might the natural resources in other places in the U.S. affect the kinds of jobs people have there? (Where the natural resource is coal, copper, or gold, people might work in the mining industry. If the resource is fish, people might be fishermen or in the fish-processing business. If the resource is oil, people might work on oil rigs or in oil fields.)


4. Examine the chart of natural resources.

Project the chart titled Some United States Resources. Point out that it shows the same resources that are on the map. Ask students which items on this chart they and their family members use. Ask:

  • Which of these resources might be used in building a home? (forest)
  • In painting a home? (oil)&#;
  • In heating a home? (coal; mention that oil and energy from the sun might also be used for heating a home.)&#;
  • What is electricity used for? (to run machines, light homes, and heat buildings)


5. Have students illustrate a use of one natural resource.

Provide blank paper and crayons or markers for students. Have students draw a picture of how their family uses one of these resources, including a one- to two-sentence caption describing where that resource might come from in the United States. Project the United States Resources map again to help students with the writing component.

Informal Assessment

Evaluate students&#; illustrations and descriptions to determine their understanding of the use of the resource and where it can be found in the U.S. You can also have students individually complete the Resources and Products worksheet.

Extending the Learning

  • Read aloud How to Make a Cherry Pie and See the U.S.A. by Marjorie Priceman. Together as a class make a chart or map of the natural resources and locations where they are found in the story.
  • Have students choose a natural resource and find out at least two things, not listed on the chart, that are made from this resource. Have them draw an illustration and share with the class.
  • Give small groups of students a shoe box containing a variety of items, such as a rock, a plastic button, a piece of wood, a notepad, and a piece of coal. Have students look through the collection and determine if each item is a resource in its natural form, or a manufactured item that is made from a resource. Each group can present its shoe box contents to the class and explain their thinking.

Subjects & Disciplines

  • Geography
  • Social Studies

Learning Objectives

Students will:

  • use a resource map to locate natural resources
  • identify products made from various natural resources

Teaching Methods

  • Discussions
  • Visual instruction

Skills Summary

This activity targets the following skills:

Connections to National Standards, Principles, and Practices

National Council for Social Studies Curriculum Standards

  • Theme 7:  Production, Distribution, and Consumption

National Geography Standards

  • Standard 1:  How to use maps and other geographic representations, geospatial technologies, and spatial thinking to understand and communicate information
  • Standard 3:  How to analyze the spatial organization of people, places, and environments on Earth's surface

Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy

The College, Career & Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards

What You’ll Need

Materials You Provide

  • Blank paper
  • Crayons
  • Markers
  • Pencils
  • Pens
  • Index cards (optional)
  • Shoe box for each small group containing a variety of items, such as a rock, plastic button, piece of wood, notepad, piece of coal (optional)

Resources Provided

The resources are also available at the top of the page.

Required Technology

  • Internet Access: Required
  • Tech Setup: 1 computer per classroom, Projector

Physical Space


Background Information

As the population of the world has increased, pressure on natural resources has also increased. It is more and more important to manage these resources responsibly and assure their availability in the future. Students need to be able to use a resource map to analyze where major resources are located and how these resources are used to make a variety of goods used by consumers.

Prior Knowledge

  • familiarity with the map of the United States

Recommended Prior Activities




object or service that serves a human need or want.



an explanation of symbols and abbreviations used on a map, also known as a legend.

map skills


skills for reading and interpreting maps, from learning basic map conventions to analyzing and comprehending maps to address higher-order goals.

natural resource


a material that humans take from the natural environment to survive, to satisfy their needs, or to trade with others.



something that is made or grown to be sold or used.

resource map


map that shows where certain natural resources are located.


  • Priceman, Marjorie. How to Make a Cherry Pie and See the U.S.A. Dragonfly Books:

Tips & Modifications


For further analysis of the map, use index cards to make a flash card for each of the resource symbols on the map and chart. Project the United States Resources map. Hold up one card at a time and ask students to tell you what the symbol represents and then to name a state that shows that symbol.


Students frequently interpret one symbol in a state as meaning that there is only one of that resource in the state. For example, on this particular map a student might think that a tree means that there is only one tree in that state. Also, if there are no symbols in a state, that does not mean that the state does not have any of these resources; it just means that resources other than those included in the map key are more important in that state.


Talk about natural resources that are not included. Ask: What do you use each day that&#;s not on this map?&#; (Answers will vary. Possible responses may include foods such as milk, bread,&#; produce, or cotton used in clothing.) Discuss the symbols that could be on this map for those natural resources.

Sours: https://www.nationalgeographic.org/activity/reading-resource-map/

United map elementary states

Fifty States - A collection of ideas for teaching about the 50 United States and capitals source

Regions of United States - Our 4th grade curriculum includes Regions of the United States. It can be boring but with the help of PT, it can be an enjoyable year of social studies! source

50 Nifty United States - I have never forgotten the lyrics and people are always amazed that I know all 50 states in alphabetical order, but it was all because of this songsource

bingo - I used states and capitals BINGO and blank USA maps to help mine remember. They love playing BINGO. The first time we played I pulled down my large US map and gave them 20 seconds to answersource

brochure - What we did was tri-fold the paper so it looked more brochure-like, and then on the front we drew/copied a map of Oregon. Then wrote the namesource

learning the states - Last year I taught my students the states by giving them a blank map everyday for about 3 weeks. They had 5 minutes to fill in as many states as they could and by the end of the 3 weekssource

Postcard Exchange Across The USA -

This bulletin board was initially made in preparation for our postcard exchange program my class participated in. I had found the postcard exchange participants through the ProTeacher Busyboard. My students each made two postcards and we sent out one to each of the fifty states. Then, we waited anxiously for our postcards from the other states to come to us. When receiving the postcardssource

States - My second graders really eat up the states. There is a book called Kate on the Coast that we start out unit out with.. There are also several other books about regions by same author. Check out the library..they should have a copy. Also in discount stores there aresource

states and capitals - My kids loved learning states and capitals last year. I started with a poster set I found at a school supply store - one poster for each student. They had to label the states and capitals and we would discuss different things about them - current events, history,etc. Then I had a card game to match the states and capitalssource

states and capitals - I love using centers in my classroom of 4th grade as well. I always include the USA states and capitals in my centers. I made concentration cards by writing the names of every capital and state on index cardssource

Teaching U.S. States and Capitals - I taught the U.S. states and capitals in centers. What I did was divide the country into 4 basic regions (Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, and Westcoast). I then took the map and made an overhead of it. I then blew up each region on my overhead and traced poster sized copies of each region. With these copies I made puzzles to help the kids learn. These were the basis of my centers. The centers went like thissource

50 States and Capitals - Fact filled web site on the 50 states. View the state flag and find out facts and information on each state source

Americas Story: Explore the States - Click on the map to access information about each of the fifty states and the nations capital source

Color Landform Atlas of the United States - Political and topographic maps, satellite images, a map, and a printable map for each state source

Find Your State in the USA Printout - A printable worksheet that asks students to read and follow directions on a blackline US map. Students locate and label the state in which they live source

From These Beginnings - Students prepare a bulletin board showing the changing identity of their state before and after statehood source

Guam Map - A printable, blackline map of Guam source

Hooray For Our State - A reproducible worksheet. Students create symbols for their state, then explain why it is a good symbol source

Knowing Where You Are - Students research place names in their state and analyze origins of these names through this cooperative activity source

Made in the USA - Students map products made in the United States, and learn about regional interdependence. Assessment rubric provided source

Mid-Atlantic States Map Quiz - A printable worksheet about the Mid-Atlantic region. Students answer questions about a map of New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, Delaware, and Washington D.C. source

Middle West Region of the United States - A printable wordsearch puzzle about the midwestern states source

Midwest Region - A printable blackline map of the Midwest Region of the United States source

Mini Study of a State - A lesson plan in which the students use research skills to compare their state with another state source

My State Report - A collection of blackline masters to print for your students. Students plan a research project and use these printables for organizing, notetaking, and presenting their state reports source

New England Map Quiz - A printable blackline map with questions about the New England region including Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New, Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont source

Pacific West Region - A printable blackline map of the Pacific West states including Alaska and Hawaii source

"Play Doh" Map of Your State - Working in cooperative groups, students construct maps of their state using homemade "play doh" brought from home source

Postcards from America - Receive an electronic postcard Monday through Friday. Each week, a different state is featured. Click on "Just for Teachers" for activity ideas source

Rocky Mountain Map Quiz - A printable blackline map of Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico. Students use the map to answer questions source

Songs of the States - Printable lyrics and midi sound files of each states song source

Southeast Region of the United States - A printable wordsearch puzzle that asks students to find the names of hidden southeastern state capitols, then name the state in which the city is located source

Southwest Region of the United States - A printable wordsearch puzzle that asks students to locate the names of the southwestern states and capitols, rivers, and major landforms source

State Brochure - A printable template for making a state brochure. This template could be adapted for making a country brochure source

State Information Sheet - A printable worksheet for students to use when researching a state source

State & Local Governments on the Net - A frequently updated directory of links to government sponsored and controlled web sites. Browse by state source

State Mottos - A lesson plan that guides students in using research skills to find information about state mottos. Includes a printable list of mottos source

State Names Word Search - A printable wordsearch puzzle of the fifty states source

States and Capitals - A printable worksheet that asks students to find the capital city to go with each state. Designed for Internet research, but adaptable source

The Great Lakes Map Quiz - Students use a blackline map of the Great Lakes region to answer questions about Michigan, Wisconsin, New York, and the surrounding area source

The Midwest - Students learn about the Midwest region learning about manufacturing automobiles,exploring lakeside environments, and planning a fair source

The Midwest and Great Plains States Map Quiz - A printable map worksheet with questions about the Midwest and Great Plains regions source

The South - Two lesson plans about water, literature connection ideas, a printable project organizer, and links to sites on the web about the Southern region of the United States source

The United States of America - A printable word search puzzle. Students locate the names of the fifty states source

The West - By writing a guidebook, creating a hall of fame, and researching about farmers, students learn about the Western region of the United States source

U.S. County Outline Maps - Printable blackline maps produced by the U.S. Census Bureau. You will find a map for each of the fifty states and the District of Columbia source

U. S. States Wordsearch Puzzle - A printable puzzle with each of the fifty states source

Unscramble the State Capitals - A printable word puzzle of the states and their capitals source

USA Worksheets - Printable research worksheets for the United States of America and each individual state source

West US Region - A printable blackline map of the Western region of the United States including Montana, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, California and Arizona source

What State am I? - A printable worksheet that gives students clues to help them name the state source

What State am I in? - A printable riddle worksheet that gives students clues to identify a state source

Printable United States Map - Simple blackline map of the United States (Adobe pdf format) source

The ProTeacher Collection - Tens of thousands of teaching ideas and advice from experienced teachers across the United States and around the world. A FREE service brought to you by members of the ProTeacher Community.

ProTeacher Community - Visit our growing community of elementary and middle school teachers! Get involved today! Dozens of active boards, blogs and chat; hundreds of active discussions, and tens of thousands of teaching ideas. Newcomers always welcome! source

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