By Kathleen M. Hollenbeck
Each state in the nation has its own symbols, landmarks, and characteristics. Immerse your students in a study of their own state—from its early settlement to present-day events.
Write a State Flip-Book. Ask students to place five sheets of paper in a stack and staple at the top. On the top sheet, have children draw a line four inches from the bottom and then cut off the paper below that line. On the second sheet, have students measure three inches from the bottom and cut off the paper below that line. Continue in this manner. On the top page, invite children to draw the shape of their state and details that make it unique. Have them label the underlying pages with the names of their state symbols (state flag, state bird, and so on) and draw them.
Read Across America. As a class, find one fiction book set in each state of the union! Write the name of each book on paper and pin it to a U.S. map.