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9th graders that don't know the states!
Old 10-28-2005, 02:51 PM
 
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I teach Earth Science at the high school level. I was horrified to find that not one of my Advanced Earth Science students knew where Kansas was. When I said "It's on top of Oklahoma," one of my students pointed to Mississippi and said "Is this it?".

I need a very quick lesson to teach them the states, because I can't let them go on in life without knowing them...but, it's really not part of our curriculum.


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How to learn the states.
Old 10-30-2005, 11:08 AM
 
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Please go to www.alltheweb.com and enter Fifty States or Fifty States Interactive Games. Enjoy.
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Old 11-13-2005, 10:48 PM
 
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I am not aware of any quick lesson but it always works to break info into chunks to learn it. divide the country into regions. I show them ways to remember where the states are like cow, California, Oregan, & Wasington. They like to come up with there own.
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"50 on Friday"
Old 11-20-2005, 11:16 AM
 
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I teach 6th graders and every Friday, we start the day with "50 on Friday" - the kids fill in a blank map of the US and their goal each week is to improve on their score from last week. They get it back every Monday and graph their score on a bar graph with the date under each bar. They love it - and most of them improve every week, with a few plateaus and dips. They get 1 point for correctly naming the state and 1 point for spelling it correctly (and starting each state with a capital letter).

For some students, it's more difficult than others so you can teach memory tricks like breaking the country into chunks and just studying that portion. Or that the states on the West coast spell "COW:" California, Oregon, and Washington...

It's a quick and easy way to learn/review the 50 states... (Oh, they get a map with the names of the states on it in each week's homework packet.)

Hope it helps!
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Set it to Music
Old 12-04-2005, 04:18 AM
 
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This way is quick & won't take a lot of Science time to do...kids usually remember things better when set to music. This song also has them in ABC order which is also easier to learn.

Sing the fifty states to the tune of "Turkey in the Straw."


There are 50 states in our country,
You can learn them all if you sing them with me.
We'll start with "A" and work our way through.
We are all very proud of the red, white and blue.


Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas
California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware
Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho
Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Don't you know!


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, We're on a roll!
Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee
Texas, Utah, We're near the end, you see.


Vermont, Virginia, and Washington State
West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming. This is great!
We can sing them, we can say them, and now that we're all through.
We'll kiss our brains and say, "Yahoo!"


Write names of the states on index cards and pass out. Children listen and then hold up their state as it is sung.

Challenge children to sing the song and then identify each state on a map.


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