50 States of America

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Our 50 States of America Lesson Plan takes young students on a short introductory journey across the US.  This interactive lesson exposes students to the definition  a state and a map of the fifty states of America.  Students will be able to name some of the states.

50 States of America Lesson Plan Includes:

  • Full Teacher Guidelines with Creative Teaching Ideas
  • Instructional Content Pages about the 50 States.
  • 50 States Partner Map Activity
  • 50 States Practice Worksheet
  • 50 States American Map Homework
  • Answer Keys
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Many Additional Links and Resources
  • Built for Grades 1-3 but can be adapted for other grade levels.

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Our 50 States of America Lesson Plan takes young students on a short introductory journey across the US.  This interactive lesson exposes students to the definition a state and a map of the fifty states of America.  Students will be able to name some of the states.

Enjoy Clarendon Learnings 50 States of America video:

Sample Classroom Procedure / Teacher Resources Snippet:

  1. Ask students: What do you know about our state?  (Based on the state your school is located.)
  2. List the facts and other information the students share. Eliminate any false information. (You may also wish to distribute a map of the state you are located.)
  3. Ask students: What does it mean for an area to be a state?
  4. Allow for responses and discussion.
  5. Distribute the Fifty States of America content pages. Read and review the information with the students. Use the additional resources to help students become more familiar with the names of the states.
  6. For the last question, allow students to share their travels to other states.
  7. Distribute the Activity pages. Pair students. Distribute a map of the fifty states showing the name of each state. Review the activity instructions. Allow students time to complete the activity. (Both students should write the state names on their own map.)
  8. Review the Activity results by asking each pair of students a few of the states to identify on their maps. Be sure each student pair has the map labeled correctly.
  9. Students may shade each state a different color. Remind students not to use the same color for the states bordering each other.
  10. Distribute the Practice page. Check and review the responses.

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Common Core State Standards:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.1.7, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.7, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.7

Class Sessions (45 minutes):  At least 2 class sessions

Additional Resources:

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Additional information

Grade Level

1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade

Subject

Social Studies