USA Geography Wrap-Up

USA Homeschool Geography with Elementary Students

We had a fun year with USA Geography in our homeschool and I thought I’d do a wrap-up post to share what we thought about how our year of learning went. When we began I wondered if we would make it through all 50 states and I am thrilled to say we DID!

My goal for my 4th grader was mastery of state locations and capitals with exposure to all of the other fun details. The goal for my 1st grader was entirely exposure. She will go through this again in 3rd or 4th grade with me.

We had lots of fun together usually about 2 days per week. Here’s a reference list with links to all materials we used this year with our 1st and 4th grader…

    A Review in Photos & Videos…

Each photo below is linked to the blog post it came from, so be sure to click if you want to read more!

      First, here is the video I made at the beginning of the year with

our initial plan

    .  We mostly stuck to this plan, and added a few things in.


The State by State Activity Pack pages from Crafty Classroom were perfect for my kids. They both love to color so this was usually a relaxed and fun activity.

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We used these books for our reference guides as we learned about each state and filled in our sheets!

NG Kids United States Atlas  Student Atlas

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Near the end of the year I added in a new set of States and Capitals worksheets that I created for review.  We will continue to use those to reinforce state locations and capitals.

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The Readeez 50 States song comes HIGHLY recommended by my kids, they love it and can both sing their states in ABC order thanks to the awesome tune and video! Here’s a peek of a video clip when we were listening to the Readeez song!


We continue to use our USA PowerPoint for review. As we got into the later states, we wouldn’t go all the way back to review, but would pick up where I felt they needed to.

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Here are a few videos of the PowerPoint in action!

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Our magnets from Barker Creek were awesome and we added them to our magnetic board all year. These were especially great to review abbreviations.

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Our games were loads of fun and great for review.  They loved game day and we had them often.  Our 2 favorites are Sequence States and Capitals and Scrambled States.

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Krash enjoyed the Stack the States app a lot for review. He loved that the work we did made him better at the game!

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Final Thoughts…

I am SUPER pleased with how USA Geography went this year and if you are looking for a simple low-prep {prepare before the school year begins and then you are ready for the year} I recommend looking into the resources we used!

 

Here’s a visual version for those of you who want to see these items online!  Click on the image to see the resource or the post!

USA States and Capitals Worksheets United States Geography Homeschool Plan for Elementary StatePack

LM4120  LM4110State Abbreviation Magnets

USA PowerPoint   Readeez 50 States

Stack the States Scrambled States Sequence States and Capitals

Wondering what our plans are for next year?  Stay tuned, I will be sharing soon!



U.S.A. States and Capitals Worksheets

USA States and Capitals Worksheets

We have been learning all about the United States of America this year, with an emphasis on locations and capitals. I have been using our U.S.A. geography plan that I shared here with my 1st and 4th grader.  I will expect my 4th grader to master this, the 1st grader is participating mostly for exposure.

USA States and Capitals Worksheets

We are almost done with all 50 states and all along I have wanted review worksheets to use with them but I didn’t like any I found online so I finally took the time to make my own.  We will be using these as a review starting now and working until the end of our homeschool year.

We personally go in ABC order with states, so I am sharing that version for free here!  I have had others ask for a regional version, so I took time to create that version also and put it in my Teacher’s Notebook Shop and Educents Shop.

Each version has a worksheet and an answer key. Here’s a peek at the ABC order version…

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Below you can see my kids using the first worksheet. I scaled it down to print half size to save on printing. I had to help Ladybug a lot, which is fine, she is joining just for exposure.  Krash was able to do it all on his own and actually LOVED it.  He begged to do the rest all in one day!

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We will continue to use these for review, I am glad I finally created something I like!  Hope may of you enjoy it too!



Download the ABC order version for FREE here!

USA States and Capitals Worksheets

Grab the REGIONAL version

here in my Teacher’s Notebook Shop

or here in my Educents Shop!

Teacher's Notebook USA States and Capitals by Region


See our entire USA Geography plan here and our USA PowerPoint here.

United States Geography Homeschool Plan for Elementary USA PowerPoint



USA Geography Homeschool Plan ~ Elementary

United States Geography Homeschool Plan for Elementary

I didn’t focus on USA geography for the past couple of years, but we did intensely when PacMan was younger.  It’s time to bring it back as Ladybug goes into 1st grade and Krash into 4th.  It’s a great time to combine them together and I developed a plan that I think they both will enjoy!

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I combined a few different resources together to create my plan and I will share those with you in this post, there’s a video below too!  Here’s the short list of what we are using…

USA PowerPoint  StatePack

 

I liked the printable pages from USA State by State and we already owned StickerUSA which came with a disk of downloads {this no longer comes with the book so you’d have to order extra stickers or make copies}.  On the disk was a printable set of state birds and state flowers, so we are using those.  We are also using the flashcards from the StickerUSA book. Rounding out our plan will be my USA Geography PowerPoint Show, which has been redone recently.

Here’s a video I made sharing all of our resources with you and how we plan to use them.

 

Books

These are the books we will be using to reference during our learning time together.

NG Kids United States Atlas   Student Atlas

 

Goals

  • Locate state on a map
  • Know the capital
  • Know the abbreviation
  • Be familiar with – bird, flower, resources, special facts

Weekly Plan

My goal is to learn 2 new states per week, but I say that loosely!  I know we probably won’t do more than that, but we may only get to 1 per week.  I will do this with Krash and Ladybug at the same time.  We will go through the PowerPoint together, read from the books I chose, and fill out the notebooking page together!

Games & More

We have a few other great USA resources and will fit them is as time allows!

Want access to our USA Geography PowerPoint?

It’s a one time joining fee of $20 for lifetime access to the Members Only PowerPoint site!

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World Geography ~ North America Printables

Free North America Printables

In continuation of our world geography studies this year, we have a new set of printables for you that go along with the next book we are using!  We finished up the book Passport to the World and are now using Children’s Atlas of Gods World.  Since our country cards were such a great tool for my kids, I knew I needed something for them to work on as we learned. 

This new book is divided by continents so I made a notebooking page for each continent and then the countries featured in the book. I added a flag, a map, and some basic facts about each country we read about.

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Today I am sharing our North America printables with you!  You’ll find a notebooking page for North America, U.S.A., Mexico, and Canada. I also included an answer guide at the end of the PDF file. These printables are specific to this book so I would definitely recommend using these alongside of the book. If you looking for a more generic North America printable set, try these North America printables from Homeschool Creations!

Here’s a few action shots, showing my kids working with me. Right now we are working on one page for a week, studying a country or continent 2 days per week  We do this all together at the dining room table.  My kids are Kindergarten, 3rd and 7th grades. They each have their own worksheet and follow along with me as I write notes on the dry erase board.

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Below you can see the book we are using in the bottom left corner and the Children Just Like Me book that we pulled in to study the Inuit people on the day we did Canada. We are directly using Children Just Like Me a lot wit this study as we come to a country that has a child featured in this book. This was shared on Instagram here!  

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Ladybug mostly draws for her empty boxes, so I try to give her an example.  Sometimes she wants to copy words too.  The boys both copy the words or write their own.

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My Simple Geography Goals

  • Find the country on a large map
  • Identify the capital city
  • Identify the continent the country is on
  • Color the flag
  • Discuss facts presented in the book we are using currently

Be sure to grab our country cards and see what we did using the book Passport to the World as our focus.

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These are the other books we have in our collection so far to use together as we learn.

Passport-to-the-World1   World-Atlas1   Children-Just-Like-Me1

 

Download the World Geography Country Printables here!

Scroll down to the North America section and look for this…

“North America Printables {Children’s Atlas of God’s World}”

See our North America Pinterest board here!

Follow {1plus1plus1} Carisa’s board Continent Box ~ North America on Pinterest.



Draw, Write, Now Book 5 Printables

Draw, Write, Now Book 5 Printables 

I am continuing to plow through creating the Draw, Write, Now printables and recently got book 5 completed and will be completing the rest of the books, I promise!

Book 5 has the following themes; The United States, From Sea to Sea, and Moving Forward. If you aren’t familiar with Draw, Write, Now, you can see the post I wrote last year when we gave a set away and learn more about them!

You may remember me sharing Book 1 last year, and the printables to go along.  These printables are exactly the same, two different options.  One for tracing, one for copying.  Both have the same drawing space.

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Visit the new webpage I created to host these printables to download this set and the book 1 set!Draw-Write-Now-Printables422

Thanks to Barker Creek Publishing for their permission to share these with my readers!

They have also offered my readers a special discount code to use on their website, for ANYTHING you purchase! 

Now through December 31, 2013

use code: 1PLUS1

for 15% off of your total order from Barker Creek! 

I am so thankful for this offer and hope it blesses many of you who would like to order these books, or other wonderful items from their website.  If you’ve never been to www.BarkerCreek.com be sure to visit!