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Old 06-09-2009, 02:25 PM
 
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I'm moving to 5th from 4th last year and noticed that one of our standards in 5th is to help the kids learn all of the state's location and the names of the capitals. I was thinking about breaking this into a 10 week mini-process and have the kids focus on 5 states per week. This would be a small focus of the week, while other science/social studies, etc. continued.

I know there's a cute song on teacher tube that I want to use. I think it's by the Animaniacs. Also, I am doing a spelling game the whole year that might help. It's called Spell Across America. Each week the kids learn facts about a state to move their cars (in teams) to every state.

Anyone have any other suggestions to help the kids memorize locations of states and capitals? Thanks in advance.


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Go to eduplace.com

Then click near the bottom of the home page on "Outline Maps"

They divide the US into four regions and have maps that support that division. Use that division as your own, and you'll have maps to support that.

And I have a puzzle and quiz for each section. Look at the maps, and if you decide you'll use them, email me. carlm86@cox.net
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ajmm115, thank you so much for sharing the web site of
eduplace. It is awesome. I have already found ideas to do for next year.

Yes, I do like the maps, and I will be contacting your for your help on puzzles, etc.

Again, thanks to both of you for asking the question and sharing your ideas.
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Jenagain, I really think using music to help memorize names of states/capitals is great. I use the Rap of the U.S.
I was wondering about your Spell Across America yearlong game. Could you tell me some more about it? It sounds interesting. Thanks!
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Thanks Ajmm115. I'll check those out.

About Spell Across America, the kids are in teams to earn spelling points. They get points for doing spelling homework, for getting an A or B on their spelling test and then we play a class game and they get points for correctly answered trivia questions about their state. If their team totals add up to a certain amount each week, they can travel through that state to the next state. I'll post the handouts here. Of course you can tweak it however you'd like.


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Here are the game cards.
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Triva questions for game cards. I cut these out, put on construction paper and laminate.
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Here's what the kids choose from each week to do their spelling homework. I assign it on Monday and one activity (2 for extra credit) is due Wednesday.
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I love your Spell Across America game! Could you please tell a little bit more about how you keep up with the group points? Does every student color a map as they travel? Do you mark their journey on a large class map? Any info is appreciated.
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I'd like more details about your Spell Across America also. Do the students stay in the same teams each time the game is played? Thanks,
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I put together teams after a week or two of regular spelling so I know by then how to create equal teams. I give each child in the class a number for the year (not just for this game but for lots of things) and make sure to put half even numbers on the team and half odd. That way they can work together and each research only half of the 20 trivia questions each week (see handout for schedule).

Teams are named by colors and stay the same for the whole year. I have a "Scrambled States of America" map I put on a bulletin board and have little laminated cars (one of each color) that the kids move as they complete a state. Each team has their own small blank map that is also on the board and a person from the team colors in each state on their team map as soon as they have mastered it.

The hardest part for me is keeping track of team points. Homework and tests are easy. For the trivia game, I put team names and points on the board as we play but then after the game I do have to go back and figure out which teams have actually earned their states that week. Not really that hard but math/record keeping is not my forte.

Hope this helps. The kids do enjoy adding some competition and game playing into their spelling.
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your spelling game/activities are outstanding. Thanks for sharing.
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I love your Spell Across America. Thanks for sharing.
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Old 06-11-2009, 08:43 AM
 
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By the way, I despised the California 5th grade US history textbooks support materials and wrote my own questions and projects for the p. 156 to 444. Anyone in California that wants them?

Other states might have the same text, I'd be willing to email a page so you could check it out.

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Just curious...
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I know this is part of the fifth grade standards in every state.. but it's always just seemed like such a waste of time to me. Not the teaching about the states, but the memorizing... seriously - if given a test, how many adults could name all fifty capitals? I'd be willing to bet there are many who couldn't name all fifth states! I just think teaching students to use a map to locate the information is SO much more important than memorizing them... but that's must me..
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Old 06-12-2009, 10:02 AM
 
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Our 5th grade team broke them up into regions. We would focus on the states and capitals for each region for about two weeks before testing over that region. We had the cumulative test over all states and capitals at the end of the year. I purchased a BINGO game of the states and capitals and my students loved it.
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There is a great book to help learn state capitals, it is called Yo Sacramento!
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What a great activity to share....I'm teaching 5th this year and this just sounds like a great way for them to learn about our states on their own with a little added accountability
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I teach 5th grade, and last year my class and I learned the States and Capitals song from the Animaniacs. Just a few minutes a day. We broke it up into 4 parts. I added a new section every 2 weeks, so by the end of 8 weeks, we had learned the whole song...The students LOVED it. We sang it for our parents. They were very impressed.

I love your Spell across America game. What a great way to integrate this concept into your whole year!
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Hello...I'm new to fifth grade! I would love to see what you have for questions and projects.
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