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50 States Notebook

Updated on July 14, 2015

Explore America with a Notebook Project

The Fifty States of America is a popular notebooking topic. It can be the basis of a unit study, or it can be a supplement to your American history curriculum. When you're finished, you have a wonderful, homemade reference book, filled with facts and memorabilia about the states of America. Here you will find free printables, books, ideas for what to put in the notebook, and supplementary activities.

What to Put on Your State Notebooking Page

Your notebook will be at least 50 pages -- one for each state. But what exactly will you put on that page? Look at the list below for ideas.

You may want to have two, three, or even more pages per state after you see all the great, free resources on the Internet.

For more ideas on planning your 50 states study, see this State Unit page.

If you're planning for an independent learner (middle or high school), Accelerated Christian Education's PDF state study may be the perfect guide for him to create a state notebook on his own.

  1. State Map -- Consider if you want a simple outline map, a physical map detailing the geography of the state, or a political map labeling the major cities.

  2. State Motto

  3. State History Overview -- Do you want a simple list of events? Should you include the date of statehood?

  4. State Tree, Bird, Rock, Fish, Flower, and more-- Do you want just the name or also a picture?

  5. Famous People from the State

  6. Important Places and Tourist Attractions

  7. State Flag

  8. Origin of the State's Name -- many have very interesting stories behind them. Check an almanac for the stories.

  9. State Nickname(s) and significance

  10. Native American peoples living in the state

The United States of America: A State-by-State Guide
The United States of America: A State-by-State Guide

The 50 states are arrange alphabetically. Each state features a large labeled map as the visual center for each page, around which are arrayed fact snippets that range from state birds, trees, population, landforms, famous citizens, and endangered species.

 

Online Examples & Products - For a 50 States Notebook

Visit these links to see what a 50 States Notebook can look like or to buy some notebooking pages.

Online Reference - For the Fifty American States

Your state study can be done completely with online resources! Try these sites for a wealth of information.

Free State Notebooking Templates

Choose a layout for your state notebook. There are many free options. Or get inspiration from these and create a customized layout on your own.

More Free Printables

This is what you want -- the free stuff!

American States Notebook

During my daughter's third through fifth grades, she studied American history with Winter Promise curriculum. During that time, as each state entered the Union, she made a notebooking page. Here are some photo examples of that notebook that ended up being about four inches thick!

Here are the Ohio pages as representative of what is in the notebook.

The Ohio page, front and back.

Additional Ohio pages with postcards.

Smart About the Fifty States

Smart About the Fifty States: A Class Report (Smart About History)
Smart About the Fifty States: A Class Report (Smart About History)

The kids in Ms. Brandt's class create a special report on the United States of America, with each child doing research on ten states. There's a double-spread map of the whole U.S. and a page for every state jam-packed with trivia, interesting facts, handwritten captions, and jokes. At the end of the book is a map showing how the United States grew over time, a spread on the presidents and what states they hailed from, as well as a "bibliography" of books the kids used in their research. Written by a team of well-known author/artists, this 64-page Smart About History book is a great guide for kids.

 

State Birds

For a list of each state's official representative bird, see the bird page at 50 States.com.

State Birds Stickers and Seals: 50 Full-Color Pressure-Sensitive Designs
State Birds Stickers and Seals: 50 Full-Color Pressure-Sensitive Designs

I own this very lovely book. The stickers are attractive and realistic drawings. There is one for every state, even multiple versions of the cardinal, a very popular state bird.

 

The Little Man in the Map

This video will show you the concept behind the book. It looks totally clever and will work wonderfully for your visual learners!

The Little Man In the Map: With Clues To Remember All 50 States
The Little Man In the Map: With Clues To Remember All 50 States

The publisher has some free coloring pages to go along with this book as well. Visit Schoolside Press.

 

Projects and Online Games

Scrambled States Game

Scrambled States
Scrambled States

This game is great! It's the perfect combination of fun and learning. My daughter and I have learned so much from this game -- geography, state nicknames, and capitals.

Another fun game is DestiNation USA, sold by Mindware.

 

Hands on State Projects and Games

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      very nice! I saved it to my favorites. Lots of information.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      This looks like a great collection. I love some of the links you have included. Some I've seen before, but others are completely new to me. Now I have a lot to explore.

      You might want to add http://www.homeschoolblogger.com/50states to your collection of resources. It has tons of info on each state. Fun facts, population, year admitted to the union, flags, flowers, brief histories, and more are included on that page.

      Dover Publications (http://www.doverpublications.com) also has the following: "State Birds Stickers and Seals: 50 Full-Color Pressure-Sensitive Designs", "United States Coloring Book", and "State Birds and Flowers Coloring Book" ranging in price from about $3 to about $6.

      I will definitely be saving this for our state study next year! Thanks so much for putting this together.

      Blessings,

      Missy

      http://www.homeschoolblogger/smokeybutter

      http://homeschoolhisway.blogspot.com

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      Tony Payne 9 years ago from Southampton, UK

      This is a really great idea for kids, teaches them not only to be artistic, but to learn about their country. There is so much to find out and learn about. It's sad how little kids know about geography and history these days.

      Got to give you 5 ***** for the great content and artwork.

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      Evelyn Saenz 9 years ago from Royalton

      A Fairy Tale Wolf was checking out your lens and liked it so well that he is sending you a virtual cup of coffee to hang on your wall.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      This is awesome Jimmie! :)

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      Kiwisoutback 8 years ago from Massachusetts

      A great collection here, nice work! This would be a great presentation.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      awesome lens!! I will be bookmarking it for future reference!! 5*****'s for you.

      Amy aka Summitmom

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      We will be beginning a states study in a few weeks. We will also be adding info about the new state quarters since most are finished, only waiting on Hawaii and Alaska now. I purchased the State Series Quarters Collector Map for each kid and I found some great websites to use with them. Here are some links if you are interested in adding these to your page...

      http://www.usmint.gov/KIDS/coinnews/50sq/

      http://www.usmint.gov/mint_programs/index.cfm?flas...

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/50_State_Quarters

      I love all your lens! Keep it up!

      Blessings,

      Betsy

      Notebooking Nook

      http://www.notebookingnook.com/

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      seedplanter 8 years ago

      I hope you've sent this link to the homeschooling network online. It looks like an invaluable tool!

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      Stephen Carr 8 years ago from Corona, CA

      Nice lens! Good stuff, enjoyed the visit!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      WOW this is GREAT. I am also using AS1. How do you find time to do all of this? I am lucky if we get all of the reading done.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I LOVE this site and all of the great resources! I keep looking for the state template that you mention, and I can't find it. Can you help?

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      yes i could helpp[in reply to Beth]

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      TheSeedlings 8 years ago

      This is super! Thanks so much for all your hard work.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      My grandson is taking South Carolina History this year in the 3rd grade so I really appreciate these great links. This is a wonderful lens. Thank you.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I was looking for resources to build a unit plan on the 50 states to teach my 10th grade ESOL students. This was the best resource, I found everything I needed plus great new ideas . Thank you.

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      Evelyn Saenz 8 years ago from Royalton

      Your lenses are always so inspiring. Thank you so much for sharing.

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      julieannbrady 8 years ago

      We sure could have used a 50 states notebook when I was growing up -- there were always a few states' capitols that stumped me. Great job!

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      Pastor Kay 8 years ago

      What a great resource to teachers and homeschoolers!

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      marsha32 8 years ago

      We've never tried making a lapbook, but Jasmine is a hands on learner and I think I wold have much better keeping her attention with something like this. (She also is ADHD)

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      poutine 8 years ago

      Superbly explained.

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      Barb McCoy 8 years ago

      Wow, Jimmie, this is great! I wish my boys were younger and we could start all over again and complete a 50 states notebook. :)

      Great job.

      We love the Scrambled States game at our house too.....

      Barb-Harmony Art Mom

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Thank you thank you thank you!!

      Its snowing outside and I decided to waste time on the computer and start planning next years state study.

      All the info you have provided in one place is invaluable!!

      Thanks so much!!

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      MarniR 8 years ago

      Great stuff! We are to make state notebooks for our curriculum- A New World of Adventure, and this information works perfectly. Thanks!

      ~marni

      www.buildingthishouse.blogspot.com

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Another fantastic teaching lens. What a cool idea!!!!!! Love it!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Thank you for all of these links and resources!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      what a great idea for a lens, were all so lucky to live here in the good ol' USA. nice job

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      Carol Goss 8 years ago

      I love this lens, I want to make a 50 states notebook for me hehehe

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Hi Jimmie,

      Thanks for adding the pics of my kids finished state notebooks. Unfortunately, the link expires on those facebook pages, I guess. Here's a link to the finished notebooks on my blog.

      http://notebookingnook.blogspot.com/2009/05/comple...

      Great job on all your squidoo pages, I LOVE them and refer to them frequently... such wonderful resources!!!

      Thanks for all your hard work!

      Betsy

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      thank you,

      now i have a good idea on how yo do my social studies project.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Thank you for putting all of this together. We are planning to study the states next year and I couldn't find a curriculum that really did what I wanted. This is EXACTLY what I was looking for! You are amazing!

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      June Parker 7 years ago from New York

      Jimmie, this is a fabulous lens! I love what you have done here. It is not only educational, but beautiful too. 5 stars for a job well done. I can tell that you are an excellent home school Mom!. Two of my daughters in Hawaii home school also and I believe it is the best way to go.

      I lensrolled this lens to all of 6 of my Big Island of Hawaii lenses since it is part of the 50th state. I also joined your Fan Club and added you to my Faves.

      Thank you for stopping by my Surviving On a Tight Budget lens. Unfortunately when you were there I had just started it and their wasn't much to see. I just added some more, but it is not done yet. Stop by again when you have the time.

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      Joan4 7 years ago

      Congratulations on Squidoo Giant 100! Yippee!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Very Good reviews lens. I love it Jimmie Cheer!!

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      Evelyn Saenz 7 years ago from Royalton

      Welcome to the Back to School Group Lensography.

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      monarch13 7 years ago

      Great resources and info! Rolled to "Proud American Symbols".

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      CoolFoto 7 years ago

      Congrats on being in Squidoo 100 list! This looks like a great homeschool project.

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      rubyandmahoney 7 years ago

      Wow! You have everything in one place. I didn't know there was so much state-related stuff out there. 5*

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Just wanted to say thank you for putting everything I needed to help my kids do a states notebook into one page!! Amazing!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Not only is your Living Math lens spectacular but this one as well. Thank you for sharing this wealth of information with us here in the blogosphere!!! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

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      VarietyWriter2 7 years ago

      Nicely done! Blessed by a SquidAngel :)

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      squid-janices7 6 years ago

      What a great idea and thanks for the links to the free notebook templates. Visiting all 50 states is on my bucket list. I think I have about 13 left. Fantastic lens!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Thank you so much for the wonderful links! I am looking forward to using them with our children this year. God bless you!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Thanks Jimmie for an awesome lens! We will be doing our state study in 4th-5th grades, and now I'm really excited to get started! My son will be in 3rd grade this year, so we still have a while before we start! :) We are doing Galloping the Globe (country studies) in 2nd-3rd grades, which he really loves. After looking up all of this great info, I know he will enjoy his state studies too! Thanks again!

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      RobininColorado 6 years ago

      Suddenly I am inspired to finish our U.S.Geography Notebooks! Thanks Jimmie!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      This is wonderful!! Thank you!!!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      This is really neat!!

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      marsha32 6 years ago

      excellent! We've been discussing doing a notebook as well. Then it was suggested that as I build it, to make a separate squidoo lens for each State as we complete each one. I can see that if we start this it will probably end up being an on going project until she is a Senior.

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      Edit Photos 6 years ago from Earth

      Great lens and resource. Squidoo Angel Thumbs Up!

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      dustytoes 6 years ago

      An excellent way to learn about our great country! I love the idea of requesting free information to add to the book, and the game looks like a perfect way to have fun while learning... wonderful lens!

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      DecoratingEvents 6 years ago

      Such a fun project and a great way to learn about the good ole' USA!

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      JanieceTobey 6 years ago

      This is an absolutely AWESOME site! Thank you so much for all the resources on the 50 US states!!

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      KimGiancaterino 6 years ago

      Excellent resource ... I'm featuring this on my State Flag Coloring Pages lens.

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      Dee Gallemore 6 years ago

      Magnificently done . . . a wonderful resource and . . . blesssworthy!

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      JanieceTobey 6 years ago

      I came back today to bless this wonderful lens! I began an American States Unit soon after reading this page back in October! I'm featuring this lens on both my angel blessing lens, as well as a resource on my "Homeschooling: A Traditional Day" lens.

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      willbucks 6 years ago

      You have done a great job with this lens. I am creating webquests on the different regions of the U.S. and your links are awesome. Thank you.

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      compugraphd 6 years ago

      B"H

      I've always found the 50 states fascinating -- you've given me a source for new and interesting information about the states.

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      pcgamehardware 6 years ago

      So much Information, great lens.

      I think creating a 50 States book is a great idea.

      Thanks for sharing such cool content...

      A Like, A Share and A Lensroll with the Post Office Holidays lens.

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      HomeschoolUSA 6 years ago

      Wonderful idea for learning about the 50 states! This lens is now featured on Homeschool USA: State Homeschool Tee Shirts and Gear.

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      CruiseReady 6 years ago from East Central Florida

      What a great resource this is!

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      Philippians468 6 years ago

      this is such a fun project for the family! thank you for sharing this! cheers

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Hi, Jimmie! SnowWhite from the WP forums here. We are going to Amer history for a second, more in-depth pass now and I am so thankful to have found this page! We will be making a state notebook now that Joshua is old enough to benefit. (He was a second grader when we did AS1.)

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      pheonix76 6 years ago from WNY

      I LOVE this lens. I was homeschooled and did something similar, but the book wasn't one I put together myself, it was purchased. I LOVED doing this! It was so fascinating to learn about all the different states and it fulfilled my endless urge to categorize everything. Wonderful resource!

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      Deb Kingsbury 5 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      Wow, many teachers in the regular school system could stand to learn a LOT of creative teaching ideas from lenses like this -- from homeschoolers. Excellent! *Blessed*

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      jenniferteacher1 5 years ago

      I just ordered the super-duper giant bundle from Currcllick. Thanks for this-- my students hate social studies, so I'm trying to spruce it up in an educational way. State notebooks would be perfect!

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      RobinDM 5 years ago

      Excellent lens! Thanks for the great information!

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      kerryhrabstock 5 years ago

      Love this lens. The state stuff I learned about as a child stuck with me.

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      HOPEHomeSchoolConsulting 5 years ago

      Thanks for all the information! Great stuff.

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      jimmyworldstar 5 years ago

      This is a great idea for anyone who wants to memorize facts and knowledge about each state.

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      brynimagire 5 years ago

      It looks very helpful. Thank you very much! Nice lens !

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      teristazko 5 years ago

      Amazing and informative lens. Job well done!!! I will share this with my daughter.

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      mommymillard 5 years ago

      Great lens! We need to do this next year and I so appreciate the ideas and inspiration! BTW-- The Learning by Living blog link is broken.

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      legalmoviedownloads1 5 years ago

      Nice lens for everyone who wants to learn something new about U.S., it's history and culture.

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      dahlia369 4 years ago

      Nicely done and great resource! :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Love this. I shared it on our Facebook group that's dedicated to swapping care packages and postcards from state to state. You can search for 50 States Project and request to join.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      The pictures that you showed of "Ohio"..where the state bird, motto, PLUS where the state is in America...where did you get that particular template? Did you make that up or download it from somewhere? I would love to get a hold of that template for each state. Thanks!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Have you found a resource for stickers of the states, symbols, birds, or landmarks? We want to vamp up our fifty nifty notebook. (O:

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: That's the page she said she made for her daughter. The link to her page is with "My Own State Notebooking Page Template" under the heading: Free State Notebooking Templates (listed just below the pink-outlined map of Alabama).

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Where can I find the post cards graphics of each state that you share in the website

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      Teddi14 LM 4 years ago

      What a great resource you have put together!!! I am a 5th grade teacher and we are working on a project with States. This lens is perfect!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      This was a HUGE help! Thank you so much!!

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      Thanks so much for all the great info!! Very helpful!

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      morthnamum 14 months ago

      If you are going to keep this webpage up, please update the links. Most of them go to no where. Very frustrating.

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      Jen 9 months ago

      It looks like your links under the Free Notebook Template pages including your own do not work or contain viruses:(

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