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50 States Notebook
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.
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.
State History Overview -- Do you want a simple list of events? Should you include the date of statehood?
State Tree, Bird, Rock, Fish, Flower, and more-- Do you want just the name or also a picture?
Important Places and Tourist Attractions
Origin of the State's Name -- many have very interesting stories behind them. Check an almanac for the stories.
State Nickname(s) and significance
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.
- RETAIL --50 States Notebooking Pages Set
This retail set is beautiful. Visit this page for samples and you'll see for yourself! Although it's priced at a bit under $20, you may find the price well worth the effort of creating your own or hunting resources online.
- EXAMPLE --Marine Corp Nomads -- Our United States Lapbook
This family used a lapbook format for their 50 states study. Beautiful!
- EXAMPLE & RETAIL -- Notebooking Nook's State Pages
Here is a set of photos that show off Notebooking Nook's State sets. These are sold at CurrClick by individual states and in a complete 50 states set.
- RETAIL -- Journey Through Learning Notebooking Across America
This set of pages includes landscape orientation pages with color graphics. The simpler format may be more suitable for younger learners.
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.
- 50 States.com
From the main menu list of the states, you can reach a massive list of other links particular to each state. There is enough information here to create multiple notebooking pages on each state.
- Our 50 Great States Email Newsletter
Our 50 Great States is an email course. Sign up for the program and learn about all 50 states in the order they were admitted to the Union. At the end of 25 weeks (2 states per week), you'll have a United States Notebook filled with information about
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.
- My Own State Notebooking Page Template
Pictured to the right, this is the two page template I designed for my daughter. It is hosted at my page at Homeschool Launch
- State Notebooking Page
This blank template from Notebooking Nook is hosted at Mediafire. Another option is to download it from HSLaunch.
- State Notebooking Pages
Another layout for state notebooking pages, offered free by a homeschool mom.
- Megan's 50 States Notebooking Pages
Look for her PDF titled General U.S. 50 States notebooking pages (2). It's a very nicely done two page spread!
- The United States of America Travel Guide
One page for each state, complete with the name of the state, and a nice layout for notetaking.
- US States Study Sheets
A very attractive layout with lots of areas for details about each state.
- Two Page State Layout
This two page layout provides room for a motto, the flag, capitol, abbreviation, nickname, quarter, seal, bird, flower, and interesting facts. Highlight the state on the US map at the bottom of the first page.
More Free Printables
This is what you want -- the free stuff!
- Crayola's State Pages
These coloring pages are very well designed. Each one has the state flag, the name of the state, the state bird, and one other distinguishing symbol. Crayola also offers a flashcard template with each state's outline and some facts.
- State Reports
This site gives most of the state information in the form of attractive printables. Each one is offered in PDF format or HTML format. I especially like the state stamp images which come from the USPS Greetings from America postcard and stamp series.
- 50 State Quarters Program
The US Mint offers these free educational lessons, including reproducibles! What a great addition to a state notebook! If you want one download that has images of all 50 coins, use this PDF link.
- Notebooking Pages Freebies
Free outline maps for each state, a list of states and abbreviations, and an entire set of US Geography pages which go along with the popular audio recording Geography Songs.
- List of 50 States in Chronological Order
Here is a chart with the 50 States in order of when they entered the Union. The date is included. We used this as the title page of our 50 States Notebook.
- Homeschool Share US Geography Resources
Homeschool Share is a fabulous site for notebookers or lapbookers! This page has printable templates for State Symbols Tab Books, and Where is....? Shutterfold Books. You can also find State Flower and Bird Coloring Pages.
- School Express
Although this site is not very attractive with its overabundance of ads, there may be something worth printing here. Each state has a cover sheet (outline map), fact sheets, a wordsearch puzzle, a comprehension question worksheet, etc.
- State Flags
Click on the LARGE link to the right of each state. That will result in a simple, black and white outline of the state flag.
- Friends Across America
A coloring page for each state's bird and flower as well as other American symbols and places.
- Worksheet Works
This worksheet generator site is in its beta stage. I suspect that later this will be a for cost site. But it's free right now! Look for states and capitals pages, state maps, and regions of USA.
- State Stickers
Print these full color pages onto adhesive paper for DIY stickers! These are very attractive circular stickers with the outline of the state and its year of statehood.
- Fact File -- Patriotic Symbols
This attractive PDF has simple line drawings and easy to read explanations for several American symbols -- Uncle Sam, the Great Seal, and more. This would make a great notebooking page for your 50 States Notebook.
- State Automobile License Plates
This website features color images of each state's standard license plate. These would make an interesting addition to a state notebook page!
- Homeschool Helper's Free State Lapbook Templates
These free printable minibooks can be used to make a state lapbook. Or add some of the minibook options to your notebook by affixing them to the notebook pages. Want to see a preview of these minibooks? Visit this Picasa Web Album. Homeschool Helper
- The 50 States - Elementary Worksheets
Outline map graphics plus handwriting practice.
- State Lessons, Facts, and Photo Tours
Right now not all 50 states are covered. But the website says more will be added. However, scroll to the bottom of the page for some free printables: * List of US States and Capitals * State Nicknames - Flash Cards * State Flowers - Flash Cards * Sta
- State by State American Flag Lapbook
Make a stars and stripes lapbook with these minibook templates. A freebie from Trying to Walk Wisely.
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
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.
For a list of each state's official representative bird, see the bird page at 50 States.com.
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!
Living Books - for each state
Projects and Online Games
- Projects for the 50 States
Ideas for projects to learn about America -- hands-on, mail projects, and traveling projects.
- Ben's Guide
Benjamin Franklin is a cartoon guide on this interactive games page. Play Place the State, a map game or color some American symbols.
- Sheppard Software
Enjoy these online geography games while you review the placement of the 50 states.
- Explore the States
More information than games, but this would be a great site for an upper elementary child to do some online research about each state.
- 50 States Puzzle
From Jigga-Jigga.com. Drag states where they belong with your mouse.
- (RETAIL) USA Coloring Map
This 40" x 28" map kit includes an activity book and markers. Color the map and learn facts about each state.
- States & Capitals Mnemonics
Click on a state and see a drawing and explanation of a silly mnemonic for remembering the capital city of that state.
- United States History Map
Tying map skills with American history, this very well done interactive designed for grades 5-8 also has a quiz for identifying the 50 states.
Scrambled States Game
Hands on State Projects and Games
- Salt Dough Maps
Choose a state or two and make a salt dough map. Creating the landforms with his own hands really helps to cement the geography into your child's mind. We made one of Alabama. This link will show you how we did it.
- States and Capitals Memory Card Game
This is a free printable matching game to help you learn the states' capitals.
- Bingo Game
Free printable 50 States bingo cards from Relentlessly Fun, Deceptively Educational blog.