My kids’ favorite way to learn about the 50 states in America is by playing The Scrambled States of America Game (there is a reason it has such amazing reviews on Amazon!!!). Ever since playing that game, they have become obsessed with learning how to read maps and learning about other cities, states and countries. In our geography lesson plan, we will learn how to read maps (with free map math worksheets!), make our very own map, as well as read and write about lots of fun geography topics. But, before we begin, join our Facebook Group and “like” our Facebook Page, so you won’t miss out on any of our educational fun!
🌎 Map Reading Social Studies
The The Scrambled States of America Game is the perfect way for your kids to learn about the 50 states in America, but while you are waiting for it to be delivered, checkout these great options too!
- Kindergarten – 2nd Grades
- Watch this video about the different types of communities that exist, and then take the quiz! What kind of community do you live in? I bet the members of our Facebook Group are tremendously diverse!
- Watch some of these videos to learn fun facts about the 50 states in America.
- Learn about different countries with this interactive video.
- Here’s a great video on how to remember the 7 continents.
- You don’t want to miss this 7 continents song (as long as you don’t mind your kids singing it for days!).
- Plus, learn this song (that some of us may recall from our childhood!) that helps us memorize the name of all 50 states.
- 3rd – 5th Grades – Our older kids can use this map and mileage table to learn how to read the details on a map.
📚 Geography Reading Material
- Kindergarten – 2nd Grades – View this read aloud of the book Town House and Country Mouse.
- 3rd – 5th Grades – Read this great website (with an interactive map) to learn about how the United States was settled.
✏ Geography Writing Prompt & Map Worksheet
- Kindergarten – 2nd Grade:
- Make your own country! Fill out this fun worksheet to tell everyone about the country you come up with. If you click the “open” button, you should be able to download it for free with a free account sign-up (but please let me know if that does not work for you!).
- Another fun writing activity is to “go out of our world” and into the solar system with this game that will improve your typing skills!
- 3rd – 5th Grade:
- Map Writing Prompt: Write about 3 (or more!) places you would like to travel to in the future! Do they have anything in common with one another? If so, what? If not, how do they differ from one another? What kind of activities do you want to do in each place? What foods do you want to try?
🧮 Map Math Worksheets
- Kindergarten – 2nd Grades:
- 3rd – 5th Grades:
🖌 Map Art Project
- Draw a map of your favorite room in your house (or an entire floor, if you are super ambitious!). Make sure to put key pieces of furniture, doors and anything else interesting on your map!
🤸♀️ Geography Workout Exercise
Lets go under the sea (another important part of maps!) to do some yoga with this Cosmic Kids Yoga workout.
And the most fun part… share a photo of the map you draw, or any of your other fun activities on Facebook! Make sure to include a link to this website or to our Facebook Group and Facebook Page, so that we can see it too! I’ve purposefully added a lot of options for parents who need to keep their kiddos occupied for more time and to allow you to cater to your children’s preferences.