USA Geography | Maryland

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

We just wrapped up the fifth week of the Road Trip: USA program we've been using over the last few months with a trip to Maryland! 
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One of my favorite aspects of our geography time is the various read alouds we've been introduced to over the last few weeks.  I have found at least two sites (here and here) to be incredibly helpful in offering several book options for each state, most of which have been wonderful additions and thoroughly enjoyed by all of us.  Maryland is one state that had many options, but unfortuantly not many were available to us in such a short amount of time.  On a positive note, the book we were able to check out was a good one, Aunt Flossie's Hats (and Crab Cakes Later).

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So last week, I shared a little bit about our shelf set-up and the reason behind certain items I include.  In the beginning, I wanted to display key pieces to help Abby remember important information throughout the week.  My idea was to use items we had around the house like stuffed animals, flowers, items related to sports, and anything of the like to help grab her attention and help her remember key facts about the particular state we were studying. Up to this point, it's been just a basic collection of read alouds, our atlas', a foam puzzle piece of our weekly state and a flashcard with information, but a few states coming up will finally give me a chance to bring my idea to life and I'm pretty excited about it!

With that being said, I wanted to share a closer look at a few pieces that are hard to see in my pictures, especially with the smaller Northeastern states.  I came across these colorful pocket flashcards when I was researching ideas for a geography unit through Spell Outloud.  I loved several of her ideas and immediately ran out a grabbed a pack of these cards at Hobby Lobby (also here).  The pop of color caught my eye and I especially like the state flag being included on the front.  This helps Abby out when she colors her state facts sheet.

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The back includes lots of information for easy reference.  You'll also notice the foam puzzle piece in the shape of the state.  While introducing the weekly state Abby loves to pick up the piece and try to match it to the wall map.  It's something fun and tangible and eventually as she becomes more familiar with the United States and where each state is located we will begin putting the giant floor puzzle together.  I picked ours up at a local teacher supply store, but you can also find it here.

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Summer decided to join us this week for coloring.  As always, I love this sheet from Crayola.

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We finished up a book recommended in the Road Trip: USA curriculum called If You Lived In Colonial Times which we began reading with our visit to Connecticut a few weeks back.  Abby also had a chance to work through a few pages in her Little Passports Field Journal, locating various landmarks in the U.S. by using the map and answering geographical location questions which she seemed to find really interesting!

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And, we finished up the unit with a little art project using oil pastels to draw Black-Eyed Susans.

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Next, we are headed to Massachusetts and it should be a fun week!


10 comments:

  1. I love reading up on all your state studies!

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    1. Thank you, I enjoy sharing them.

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    2. Abby Grace, what nice penmanship. Looks like an interesting way to learn the states. Summer, you are doing a nice job coloring your Black Eyed Susans. :-)

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    3. We still love it! Can't wait to start adding more fun activities as Abby becomes more familiar with the states.

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  2. I think I'm going to follow your lead and teach my kids about the states over the summer. We're doing at least one road trip and they're so interested in this country since we moved last year.

    I'm writing a post about top books for each states... if you have time and want to, please let me know what your favorite book for Maryland was and I'll credit you in my post. Feel free to email at my first name (at) my website (dot) com.

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    1. How exciting! I think it's wonderful to build upon a topic that interests your kids. There are so many ways to make it work for your family and style. I'd love to share our favorites up to this point, unfortunately the only book I can really speak for with Maryland is the one mentioned above. Lesson learned on planning in advance and looking into an inter-library loan. :-)

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  3. I like the information cards and colorful map. It looks like a great display. How could you not love to learn with all the cute activity sheets and hands on tools. Fun Fun!!

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    1. Since she finally loves to color (only took 6-7 years lol) I have to include quite a few. Guess she's making up for lost time. ;-)

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  4. I love your simple and bright resources. Thanks for the links to the book lists!

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    1. Thank you! I was so excited to find lists already created, so much easier than starting from scratch.

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