Week at a Glance:
- Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: The Scrambled States of America by Laurie Keller
- Scrambled States of America Game
- A Child’s Introduction to the World: The United States of America
- Race Across the States Game
- FREE Geography printables
Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: The Scrambled States of America by Laurie Keller
Why we love this book:
My kids are hooked on this book that teaches them about the 50 States! Crazy but true, in love with a book that teaches them about the 50 States! This book is silly and quirky and written for children! It is packed with information and can be read again and again. It can be used as an early introduction to U.S. Geography but older children who know a bit more about U.S. Geography will actually get a few more of the jokes and references to the individual States. This is a fun read aloud for both young children and older ones alike. You can follow-up with Laurie Keller’s sequel book The Scrambled States of America Talent Show.
The Scrambled States of America Game
Your kiddos will also love The Scrambled States of America Game. This little game puts a fun twist on learning U.S. Geography. I’ve highlighted it many times because it is a favorite game in our family and it makes an excellent gift.
The States & Capitals
We are making our way around the world beginning with an overview of The Seven Continents and The United States. A Child’s Introduction to the World by Heather Alexander acts as our weekly syllabus and we use books, resources, activities and games to enhance our learning.
Last week, I outlined the beginning of our U.S. Geography Study:
- Making a United States of America Book
- States: State Capital, State Bird, State Flower
- FREE printable map
- FREE printable resources
United States Geography for Kids
Race Across the States Game
Race Across the States Game
Relentlessly Fun, Deceptively Educational has put together some great resources for learning about the United States. We adapted her game idea of racing across the states and the kids loved it.
We broke down and learned the States in sections: Eastern United States, Central (or Midwestern) United States and Western United States. In fact, we began with the South Eastern United States. Breaking the States into smaller sections made it much easier to digest. As we learned about each State we colored our maps and corresponding State cards. This set the stage for our Race Across the States Game.
- Printable State Cards from Relentless Fun, Deceptively Educational
- FREE Printable United States Map
How to Play:
- Each student has his or her own blank United States Map.
- Each student has his or her own State cards.
- Each student draws a State card and colors in the corresponding State on the his or her map.
- Be sure each student draws a State card at the same time so one doesn’t race ahead of the others!
Object of the Game:
- Be the first player to color a clear path from one coast to the other.
- In the game above, we were racing across the Eastern United States.
MacGyver, age 10
States and Capitals
- For an age appropriate adaption, MacGyver tried to name the Capital City for each State he drew.
- He used his States and Capitals practice sheets to check himself as we played each round.
The kiddos truly enjoy this easy little Race Across the States game. First, we played the Eastern States, then the Central States and last the Western States. Now we race across the entire country!
This simple game makes a fun after school game or a good game for long summer days. After learning about the states a bit, you can add a fun fact part of the game. Each time a player draws a State they share a fun fact, Scrambled States Style. Race Across the States and Enjoy!
We’re GIVING AWAY one copy of The United States of America by Laurie Keller
To enter this contest, use the Rafflecopter to answer the following question. After you leave a comment, you can move ahead with more entries. Answer the following question in the comments section of this post.
What is a fun fact about the State in which you live? (Or just say “Hey.” We’re flexible around here.)
The Rules: No entries after 11:59 pm Central Time, Sunday, March 15, 2015
The winner must be a resident of The United States.
The winner will be selected at random and announced Monday, March 16, 2015.
Check back to claim your prize. It might be you!
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