Welcome to the US State Study of the Week Weekly Series
Welcome to the US State Study of the Week Weekly Series. In this weekly geography series you will be introduced each week to a different one of the 50 states of the United States of America. Each week you will have the opportunity to learn about a state, its flower, its official state bird, various landmarks, and much, much more pertaining to each state of the great U.S.A. In addition to the 50 states there are three additional weekly packs that focus on the Series Introduction, the Regions of the US, and the Great Lakes. Altogether there will be 53 consecutive weekly installments so be sure to check back each week for each installment.
A weekly series is a great way to learn all about the 50 states of the Unites States of America. Each weekly installment is designed to stand on its own after the Introductory Pack and Region Pack, so you can teach the state packs as they are released or in any order that you wish. Each pack is designed so that you can use it with any resource that fits your teaching or learning styles from a book to the internet to a movie or more making it easy to integrate into any geography lessons you are currently doing.
For those participants that are members of the E.H.M. Member’s Only Website, all 53 of the weekly packs are already being loaded into the Member’s Only Section of the website and are accessible as soon as you seen them on the site now. Not a member and wish to join to get the entire US State Study of the Week Packs now? Find out how to join HERE for a low one-time, lifetime fee of $15.00 for access to all of my printable creations.
What Do You Get In The Introduction Pack?
The first pack in the US State Study of the Week Weekly Series is the Introductory Pack. This pack will focus your child or student on learning about map reading and provides a handful of summary and tracking sheets for you and your student to use to track your progress through the entire series. This Introductory Pack also has a fun state flash card game set to Go-Fish that is played with the state names and capitals. Included in the Introductory Pack are the following education elements and activities:
- Know-Want To Know-Learned Sheet
- Where is the state you live in
- Compass rose practice
- State Log
- State Bird Log
- State Capital Log
- State Flower Log
- State Landmark Log
- US State Study of the Week Capitol to State Card Game
After you complete the introductory pack it will be time to start getting your child or student ready to learn about the states by learning how the states are associated into Regions.
What Do You Get In The Regions Pack?
The second pack in the US State Study of the Week Weekly Series is the Regions Pack (Coming Soon). This pack helps your child or student learn how the individual states are clustered together into regions of the United States of America by common features that typically center on landforms or geographical areas. This pack is designed to help your child or student split the U.S.A. up into its geographical regions. Included in the US Regions Pack are the following education activities:
- Region Labeling Exercises
- Regional Map Guides
- Region Wall Cards
After you complete the Introductory Pack and the Regions Pack (coming soon) it will be time for your child or student to start learning about the 50 states.
What Do You Get In a US State Study of the Week State Pack?
In each weekly installment of the US State Study of the Week Weekly Series State Packs you will be introduced to one individual state. The states will be presented in alphabetical order, but each is designed to be a standalone unit and can be taught in any order that you wish. Remember, the Introductory Pack includes checklists that can help you track information about each state as you learn about them. In each of the US State Study of the Week Weekly Series State Packs you will find activities for each of the following components for your child or student to master pertain to each of the individual states:
- Creative Writing (Make a Travel Brochure)
- Door Hanger (Completion Certificate)
- Handwriting Practice
- Research Project
- State Bird
- State Capital
- State Flag
- State Flag Wall Card
- State Flower
- State Location
- State Landmarks
- State Wall Card
Each component is designed to help your child or student gain, reinforce, and expand their knowledge of the 50 states that make up the United States of America. By the end of this weekly series your child should be proficient and know where each state is, what region it belongs to, what its official bird is, what its flower is, be able to name its capital, be able to spell the state and capital, and be able to list off some interesting facts about each state.
Currently Released Weekly Packs
At this time, the following weekly packs have been released:
Introductory Pack ~ Regions Pack ~ Alabama ~ Alaska ~ Arizona ~ Arkansas ~ California ~ Colorado ~ Connecticut ~ Delaware ~ Florida ~ Georgia ~ Great Lakes ~ Hawaii ~ Idaho ~ Illinois ~ Indiana ~ Iowa ~ Kansas ~ Kentucky ~ Louisiana ~ Maine ~ Maryland ~ Massachusetts ~ Michigan ~ Minnesota ~ Mississippi ~ Missouri ~ Montana ~ Nebraska ~ Nevada ~ New Hampshire ~ New Jersey ~ New Mexico ~ New York ~ North Carolina ~ North Dakota ~ Ohio ~ Oklahoma ~ Oregon ~ Pennsylvania ~ Rhode Island ~ South Carolina ~ South Dakota ~ Tennessee ~ Texas ~ Utah ~ Vermont ~ Virginia ~ Washington ~ West Virginia ~ Wisconsin ~ Wyoming
Helpful Book Resources
To help entice my children to learn their facts about the 50 states in the US State Study of the Week Weekly Series I plan to use some or all of the following state themed resources to help keep the learning fun from NEA 50 State Booklist, the Booking Across the USA Project by Growing Book By Book, and resources I have pulled together in my Enchanted Homeschooling Mom Bookstore. You can find out more about the specifics of how I will be utilizing these resources more in my US State Study of the Week Weekly Series Book Resources article found HERE.
Helpful Internet Resources
To help educate your child or student and provide additional resource for their US State Study of the Week packs the internet will be a vital resource. To help assist you and provide specifics on how I will be utilizing various internet resources in my US State Study of the Week Weekly Series you can see more in my Internet Resources article found HERE.
Please note: I do not maintain these sites, so please be sure to visit them, evaluate them, and maybe even preload them prior to using them with your child or student.
Special Pinterest Board
In addition to these internet resource I will also be using my US State Studies Pinterest Board to store resources, educational printables, facts, articles and more. You can find even more resources on my Pinterest Board!
Educational Toys for Your 50 State Studies
Another way to keep your US State Study lessons fun is to use hands-on exercises like games, toys, and other hands—on elements like puzzles, cards, and crafts. There are a lot of good games and toys out there to assist you and your family with your US States studies and I am sure that each family has or will develop their favorites as they learn about the states. To help get you started, here are a few of our family favorites:
- Jax Sequence States and Capitals – This fun game teaches the players about the States and their capitals through reinforcing the state outlines, capitals, and color recognition skills.
- States & Capitals Wrap-Up Keys – This fine motor skill reinforcement game where your child or student laces up the key with various elements of the state represented on the key. This is also a fun one to take in the car for a short or long trip to keep your child occupied and learning too, all while they probably do not realize they are learning too.
- Scrambled States – This game is a fun way to learn about the states and incorporate a fun storybook in your studies too. This game is full of fun facts scrambled up just like in the storybook of the same by Laurie Keller.
- Melissa & Doug USA Map 51 Piece Floor Puzzle – What more can be said about this hands-on activity? You can never go wrong with a Melissa & Doug puzzle, especially when it is two feet by three feet when fully assembled, right? This hands-on puzzle will help your child or student learn the shapes of the 50 US States and where they are in relation to each other.
- Great States – This fun game is designed to test your child or student’s knowledge of the 50 US States. Players compete with their knowledge of state capitals, locations, landmarks, and other various pieces of state specific pieces of knowledge.
- Tek Nek Encyclopedia Britannica Talking U.S. Puzzle – This is a very fun educational toy. This was a family favorite when both of my children were younger. It is a self-contained puzzle that talks and teaches various facts about the 50 United States. Since it is self-contained and has storage for all the parts it also makes it easy to take with you on the go too.
DIY 50 States Wreath
To go along with your US States Study of the Week Weekly Blog Series lesson, why not create your very own DIY 50 States Wreath? This DIY 50 US States Wreath is designed to be made by your children or students and used with this US State Study of the Week Weekly Blog Series. This DIY Wreath can be made by children of any age and is designed to be a fun tool to assist your child or students in their learning about the 50 US States. You can use it each day or time you change states as you can write the state’s name on the dry erase board at its center. You can find out how to create your own DIY 50 States Wreath HERE.
DIY US State Story Stones
Not familiar with what story stones are? Story stones are typically found being used to promote creativity, enhance imaginative play, and reinforce storytelling. For the US State Study of the Week Weekly Blog Series I wanted to make a set of story stones with a twist since we will be dealing with facts about each state. I created one story stone for each of the 50 US States. This DIY craft is really fun to make and can be really easy as well. Once completed, you will have a fun lesson aid for each of the 50 States! You can find out how to create your own DIY US State Story Stones HERE.
Additional Geography Studies
Why stop your geography studies with just this study of the 50 States? If you would like to expand your geography lesson why not try one of these fun series also located here on Enchanted Homeschooling Mom?
Pack Your Bags Monthly Lapbook Series
In this monthly series you can learn about a new country every month. Each month consists of a lapbook for your child or student to research and complete components for. Find out more about the Pack Your Bags Monthly Lapbook Series HERE.
Christmas Around the U.S.A. Curriculum
Take your family on a Christmas Road Trip around the U.S.A. where you will visit each of the 50 states to see how Christmas traditions, customs, events, and more are different in each of the 50 states. This full curriculum includes a multitude of components designed to provide educational lessons on each of the 50 states through the learning elements of holiday cards, stamps, ornaments, art projects, games, crafts, baking, videos, songs, and more. Find out more about the Christmas Around the U.S.A. Curriculum HERE.
United States Pocket Chart Game
Would you like to add a fun United States Pocket Chart Game to your US State Study of the Week Weekly Series? This game is designed to help your child or studemt learn the names of the states in a hands-on way. To learn more about this fun game you can check it out HERE.
The US State Study of the Week Weekly Series will be released weekly, one state at-a-time, but for those participants that are members of the E.H.M. Member’s Only Website, all 53 of the weekly packs are already being loaded into the Member’s Only Section of the website and are accessible as soon as you see them on the site. Not a member and wish to join to get the entire US State Study of the Week Packs now? Find out how to join HERE for a low one-time, lifetime fee of $15.00.