|Fifty States and Capitals|
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Students will use the activites in this lesson to master the names and locations of the fifty states and the names of their capitals.
Subject: History-Social ScienceStandards Addressed
know the location of the current 50 states and the names of their capitals.
When given a map of the 50 states, students will be able to identify the location of a given state with 90% accuracy.
When shown the location of a state on the map, students will correctly name the state with 90% accuracy.
When given the name of a state, students will be able to match the corresponding capital with 90% accuracy.
When given a capital, students
will match the corresponding state with 90 % accuracy.
Students will participate in some introductory activities to familiarize themselves with the names of the 50 states and capital cities.
Begin with the song "Fifty Nifty United States" (found in Share the Music, fifth grade). Other introductory activities include visiting introductory level sites to increase awareness of states and capitals (electronic flashcards, etc.)
Students then begin to study the locations of states by region. Our district-adoped social studies text, Adventures in Time and Place, has lessons and activities to accomplish this.
Introductory activities on the web to help students learn state locations and capitals will be used:
students are somewhat familiar with names of states and are beginning to
associate a state with its capital, several additional on-line activities
will assist with memorization.
Once students are becoming proficient at associating states and capitals, more difficult activities which involve recall skills are used.
Self Check: Students will use the following sites to check their progress:
a culminating activity, students will create a game of their own to teach
states and/or capitals. This could range from simple flashcards,
to a boardgame with dice, to a quiz-show-type game, etc. Students
will play their games with each other or another class. Students
will be assessed according to a rubric distributed prior to completing
After implementing your lesson (sometime between January & March), insert a chart of your pre-test, post-test, and culminating assessment data.
McGraw-Hill School Division Adventures in Time and Place teacher resource site.
the Music information site.
Lots of games
for students to play in all curricular areas. You may create your
own games and quizzes at this site. Quia
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