U.S. Geography

U.S. Geography

Alabama

Hawaii

Massachusetts

New Mexico

South Dakota

Alaska

Idaho

Michigan

New York

Tennessee

Arizona

Illinois

Minnesota

North Carolina

Texas

Arkansas

Indiana

Mississippi

North Dakota

Utah

California

Iowa

Missouri

Ohio

Vermont

Colorado

Kansas

Montana

Oklahoma

Virginia

Connecticut

Kentucky

Nebraska

Oregon

Washington

Delaware

Louisiana

Nevada

Pennsylvania

West Virginia

Florida

Maine

New Hampshire

Rhode Island

Wisconsin

Georgia

Maryland

New Jersey

South Carolina

Wyoming

Washington D.C.

Here at the Sculley Academy, we study U.S. Geography in a systematic way, covering every state every four years (and Georgia four times!).

We study a state by any of the following methods:

surf the web:

study historical biographies

surf the net on that region (National Geographic for Kids)

Stately Knowledge

50 States website

National Geographic Educator websites

National Geographic virtual Xpeditions

learn the capital, bordering states, and other state info

use geography software to explore that state

read a newspaper from that state (thanks, Camie, for this idea!)

trace the state on a US map

visit a restaurant that serves the local cuisine

visit the state

collect stamps featuring that state

learn about famous landmarks, natural and man-made

meet with someone from that state

play geography games

research recent news events

put together U.S. puzzles

study the history of that state

read an overview

browse encyclopedias

watch a travel video

study musical instruments from the region

study biographies of people from there (leaders, scientists, musicians, artists, writers, explorers, missionaries)

study native flora and fauna

read literature from that state or set in that state

make maps and charts

make regional arts and crafts

get cool, cheap (!) projects / books from Dover Publications

learn music or songs from that state

memorize a poem from that state

cook regional cuisine

make some regional clothing

Alabama (capital: Montgomery)

bird: Yellowhammer, flower: Camellia

Paul, Karen, P, J, M, C, K & E visited it.

Alaska (capital: Juneau)

Cool Alaska links:

Alaska Facts

Journeys to Alaska

Wild-eyed Alaska

Alaska Information Services

Trans-Alaska Pipeline

Alaska Highway

Alaska Marine Highway

J did a project on Alaska, and made a map of the geographic features of the state, along with some coloring pages of national parks.

Arizona (capital: Phoenix)

bird: Cactus Wren, flower: Cactus blossom

Paul & Karen, P, J, M, C, K & E visited it.

P & J did a state report on Arizona. They had to unscramble names of places in Arizona, then locate them on a map.

The children colored pictures of the Grand Canyon. This was right after we had visited it, so the image of the Canyon was fresh in their minds.

We read about the Grand Canyon in Stephen Biesty’s Incredible Explosions.

Arkansas (capital: Little Rock)

Paul, Karen, P, J, M, C, K & E visited it.

California (capital: Sacramento)

bordered by Oregon, Nevada, Arizona

bird: Valley Quail

Paul, Karen, P, J, M, C, K & E visited it.

P & J did a state report on California. They chose a “driving tour” from a book I had, and found the route on a map. They answered questions on a “National Parks and Monuments” trivia page.

The children colored pictures of Sequoia National Forest. This was right after we had visited it.

Colorado (capital: Denver)

Paul, Karen, P, J, M, C, K & E visited it.

Connecticut (capital: Hartford)

Paul, Karen, P, J, M, C, K & E visited it.

Delaware (capital: Dover)

bird: Blue Hen Chicken, flower: Peach Blossom, tree: American Holly

Paul, Karen, P, J, M, C, K & E visited it.

Florida (capital: Tallahassee)

Paul, Karen, P, J, M, C, K & E visited it.

P went on a mission trip to Miami, and said the highlight was helping look after children of teenage moms.

Georgia (capital: Atlanta)

bird: Brown Thrasher, flower: Cherokee Rose, wildflower: Azalea, butterfly: Tiger Swallowtail, fruit: Peach

P, J, M, and C were born here!

Paul, Karen, P, J, M, C, K & E lived here!

We study Georgia every year, of course!!! Did you know that Georgia’s flag changed on January 30th, 2001? And again in May 2003? Wow–that’s a lot of changes!

We do state reports on Georgia regularly, researching various aspects of our home state, and going on field trips!

Cool Georgia links:

Georgia Information

Sherman’s March to the Sea

We read these books:

The Georgia Studies Book

How to Draw Georgia’s Sights & Symbols — fun way to combine social studies and art

The Jimmy Carter Museum & Library

We took a field trip to visit the Jimmy Carter Museum and Library. It’s a wonderful learning experience.

Civics & Government

Cool Civics & Government links:

Inside the Voting Booth

The Perfect President

To Vote or Not to Vote

The Presidential Nominating System

Structure of Congress

Hawaii (capital: Honolulu)

Paul & Karen visited it.

We wrote our names in Hawaiian, and looked up words in the native language, using these websites:

Hawaiian glossary

Basic Hawaiian dictionary

Find your name in Hawaiian

We dressed paper dolls in native Hawaiian garb.

Idaho (capital: Boise)

Paul, Karen, P, J, M, C, K & E visited it.

Illinois (capital: Springfield)

bird: Cardinal, flower: Violet

Paul, Karen, P, J, M, C, K & E visited it.

Indiana (capital: Indianapolis)

Paul, Karen, P, J, M, C, K & E visited it.

Iowa (capital: Des Moines)

Paul visited it.

We read Katie Shelley and the Midnight Express, by Margaret K. Wetterer.

C did a state report on Iowa. She colored the state bird of Iowa, and made a word search using important keywords associated with Iowa.

Kansas (capital: Topeka)

Kentucky (capital: Frankfort)

Paul, Karen, P, J, M, C, K & E visited it.

M did a state report on Kentucky. He colored the state bird of Kentucky.

Louisiana (capital: Baton Rouge)

Paul, Karen, P, J, M, C, K & E visited it.

P did a state report on Louisiana. He produced a nice-looking paper on his computer which included important state facts and a map of Louisiana.

P went on a mission trip to do cleanup in Lake Charles, following Hurricane Katrina.

Maine (capital: Augusta)

Paul drove across a bridge from New Hampshire to officially go to Maine, stepped out, then went back over the bridge!

We read Surrounded by Sea, by Gail Gibbons.

We read Into the Deep Forest With Henry David Thoreau, by Jim Murphy.

J did a state report on Maine. He completed a template on state facts; colored a map; and made a word search using important keywords associated with Maine.

Maryland (capital: Annapolis)

bird: Baltimore Oriole, flower: Black-eyed Susan

Paul, Karen, P, J, M, C, K & E visited it.

We learned that the Baltimore Oriole is the state bird, and the Black-eyed Susan is the state flower.

Massachusetts (capital: Boston)

Paul, Karen, P, J, M, C, K & E visited it.

Cool Massachusetts links:

A Tour of Massachusetts history & trivia

World History — Massachusetts

We read Letting Swift River Go, by Jane Yolen.

C investigated 5 famous people from that state, after completing a word find with many famous people. She also completed a timeline.

Michigan (capital: Lansing)

Paul, Karen, P & J visited it.

Minnesota (capital: St. Paul)

Paul, Karen, P & J visited it.

Mississippi (capital: Jackson)

Paul, Karen, P, J, M, C, K & E visited it.

Missouri (capital: Jefferson City)

Paul, Karen, P, J, M, C, K & E visited it.

Montana (capital: Helena)

Paul, Karen, P, J, M, C, K & E visited it.

Nebraska (capital: Lincoln)

Nevada (capital: Carson City)

Paul, Karen, P, J, M, C, K & E visited it.

New Hampshire (capital: Concord)

Paul, Karen, P, J, M, C, K & E visited it.

New Jersey (capital: Trenton)

Paul, Karen, P, J, M, C, K & E visited it.

New Mexico

Paul & Karen visited it.

New York (capital: Albany)

Paul, Karen, P, J, M, C, K & E visited it.

Cool New York links:

New York Facts

Get the Facts (NY)

Layers of Lower Manhattan

Urban Explosion

World History — New York

Timeline of New York History

M did a state project on New York, and made a timeline of historical events, along with a coloring page of the state bird & flower.

North Carolina (capital: Raleigh)

Paul, Karen, P, J, M, C, K & E visited it.

North Dakota (capital: Bismarck)

Ohio (capital: Columbus)

Paul, Karen & P visited it.

Oklahoma (capital: Oklahoma City)

Oregon (capital: Salem)

Pennsylvania (capital: Harrisburg)

Paul, Karen, P, J, M, C, K & E visited it.

Rhode Island

Paul, Karen, P, J, M, C, K & E visited it.

P & J did a state report on Rhode Island. They completed a trivia sheet about the state.

South Carolina (capital: Columbia)

Paul, Karen, P, J, M, C, K & E visited it.

South Dakota (capital: Pierre)

Tennessee (capital: Nashville)

Paul, Karen, P, J, M, C, K & E visited it.

Texas (capital: Austin)

Paul, Karen, P, J, M, C, K & E visited it.

Utah (capital: Salt Lake City)

Paul, Karen, P, J, M, C, K & E visited it.

Vermont (capital: Montpelier)

Paul, Karen, P, J, M, C, K & E visited it.

Virginia (capital: Richmond)

Paul, Karen, P, J, M, C, K & E visited it.

Washington (capital: Olympia)

West Virginia

Paul & Karen visited it.

Wisconsin

Wyoming

Paul, Karen, P, J, M, C, K & E visited it.

D.C.

Paul, Karen, P, J, M, C, K & E visited it.

Sculley Family state statistics:

Paul has visited 41 states

Karen has visited 39 states

P has visited 36 states

J has visited 35 states

M has visited 33 states

C has visited 33 states

K has visited 33 states

E has visited 33 states

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