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How To Study The 50 States In The United States

Updated on February 10, 2011

How to study the United States

It may amaze you to hear that many high school and college graduates know very little about the United States. It does not matter if they have graduated with honors or if they are teachers, they still have very little knowledge about the United States, which is quite ironic when you stop to think about it.

Homeschooling parents are able to emphasize knowledge of the United States and each of the 50 states that is located therein. It is also possible to place emphasis on each state's capital and flag as well. This information should be considered important to those of us who live in this country. While you may think that this will be difficult to do because you are trying to study history in a chronological fashion, I encourage you to read on so that you can see that this really does not have to be as difficult as you may think.

What you will need to do is make your child a set of flashcards either on your computer or with a marker. Regardless of how you do it, you are going to need to create 300 different flashcards. The reason why you will need to create so many is because you will more than likely want to create a set for each state. However, you can simplify this by creating only 1 set of cards with each of the states' names on different index cards. From there you are going to want to write down on different index cards the abbreviation for the state, what the name of its capital is and what its flag looks like.

Here is how you would want to do this if you were going to be using 300 index cards...

You will want to begin by writing each of the state's name on 3 different index cards. In other words, you will want to make 3 index cars for Alabama, 3 for Alaska, etc. This will use up half, or 150, of your index cards. You will then use 50 more index cards to write down each state's abbreviations. Take a moment to place these cards with 1 set of the index cards upon which you have written the names of the states. Now take out 50 more index cards upon which you will want to write the names of each state's capital, 1 on each index card. You will want to also pair these with a set of state cards. For the last set of 50 index cards that you have, you will need to print out a copy of each of the state's flags from your computer and glue them onto an index card, 1 state per card. After you have done all of this, you may want to laminate the index cards or at least cover them with clear contact paper as this will prove to be an invaluable resource whenever you want to study the 50 states. So, if you laminate them, you can be sure that they will be useful for many years to come.

Now that your cards are created, they can become a little extra thing that you can use for homeschooling your children. They can be used any time that you have a few minutes to review them, for instance while you are waiting for an appointment or waiting for your food to be served at a restaurant. You effectively have created a state and abbreviation matching game and a state and flag matching game. However, you can use these index cards however you like as that is one of the great things about homeschooling: the flexibility.

How To Study The 50 States In The United States

How To Study The 50 States In The United States


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      Mrs. W 5 years ago

      Flash cards do help! We make them out of colored index cards, a color for each region. If the student can write, then it's more valuable for him/her to write the card then to generate it on the computer - "muscle memory" always helps. Students write the two letter postal abbreviation on one side, the capital and state on the other. Additional facts can be added. For assessment, we first test by region, breaking up the testing into spelling and associated capitals with state abbreviations. We also make region map puzzles for geography, using one copy of the region as the board and a second copy to be cut up for the pieces. First, outline the state borders on both maps, writing out the full state names on the "board" and the capitals and abbreviations on the map to be cut up into puzzle pieces. Have the student place a star where the capital is located. Back to the cards, they can be alphabetized or sorted by syllables for a language arts activity.

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      Amanda 5 years ago

      This is a wast of time

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      Emamono 6 years ago

      I hate da states! Except nj I luv I there

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      rfjmf 7 years ago

      Yeah so I've failed all my states tests XD except for the ones I cheated on

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      Another Advice 7 years ago

      When you study the 50 states you should look at a column of the U.S., and memorize the state's names. Look away and say the names of the states out loud. This helps me a lot in many subjects, but I hope this helps you too!

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      Need HELP? 7 years ago

      Look at the U.S. and make straight lines on the map of the states and memorize the names of them. I hope that will help because it helped me! I have a test on Friday!

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      racecar12345 7 years ago

      i dont get how this works!?

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      jessenia 8 years ago

      wats this its all junk????????????????????

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      as the wind blows 8 years ago

      u guys r not helping the needy ok so go learn some more junk about the usa

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      Mariah 8 years ago

      I had a state and capital test 3 weeks ago. I failed. :( but now I will study!!!:)

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      vioelt 9 years ago

      hey my name is violet and i need to learn my 50 states so i read everything but idk how it really helps i will vist a differnt website

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      HOKO 9 years ago

      HOW DO YOU STUDY WHEN THE STATES AND CAPITALS TEST IS ON WEndsday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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      GFRH,JU 9 years ago


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      brittany 10 years ago


      In october 1,2007.I stated to learn my states and capitals and my teacher said an easier way to study them was to make flash cards.And my little brother wanted to learn his states and capitals to.Because his teacher was to busy trying to teach them their pluses and subtractions .So my brother got online to study by him- self and when he got on the computer to study his state and his capitals he got on your web-site and read every-thing and when he got to school his teacher said who can name all 50 states my brother said every thing you wrote and got exspelled from school. And went up a class.But when he got there he forgot every-thing yall said and moved down two classes and know its all your fought.For not explaining it right .So what i'm going to do is tell the president every-thing you did on this web-site.AND I CAN ALL READEY SEEING it. WAAAAHHHHHHHHHAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!