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50 States Projects

Updated on December 9, 2015
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I am a Christian. I was an 8th-grade American History teacher. I am currently a freelance writer, public speaker, & homeschooling mom of 8.

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This is the end of the unit project following a 9 part hands-on unit study on the 50 States. Perform a play about the fifty states while enjoying a dinner that features regional foods from across the United States. Links to great regional recipes and regional cookbooks are provided. This event was created to do with our weekly homeschool co-op. We meet each week for 2 1/2 hours and have 33 children between the ages of 1-13. Use these fun lessons with your classroom, family, or co-op!

Begin with a Fifty States Themed Meal. We decorated with red and white checkered table cloths and small American flags. Go to whatscookingamerica.net to find an excellent array of regional recipes.

I'll Have What They're Having: Legendary Local Cuisine
I'll Have What They're Having: Legendary Local Cuisine

I referenced this cookbook again and again. Unlike the other 2 books I'm featuring, this book was not written for children. It has authentic regional recipes along with fascinating tidbits about the history of the dish. We used it to make Amish Whoopie Pies, Boston Cream Pie, Indian Pudding, Louisiana Beignets, Oregon Blackberry Pie, & Deep South Boiled Peanuts. The recipes are divided by regions.

 
The United States Cookbook: Fabulous Foods and Fascinating Facts From All 50 States
The United States Cookbook: Fabulous Foods and Fascinating Facts From All 50 States

If you want a cookbook that is geared toward children, this is a good option. It not only includes a child-friendly recipe for each state, but it also provides some culinary fun facts for each state.

 

Hats Across America Play

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Statue of LibertyImmigrant family arriving at Ellis IslandDaniel BooneMark TwainOil Baron from OklahomaSkier from the Rocky Mountain StatesSurfer Dude from Hawaii
Statue of Liberty
Statue of Liberty
Immigrant family arriving at Ellis Island
Immigrant family arriving at Ellis Island
Daniel Boone
Daniel Boone
Mark Twain
Mark Twain
Oil Baron from Oklahoma
Oil Baron from Oklahoma
Skier from the Rocky Mountain States
Skier from the Rocky Mountain States
Surfer Dude from Hawaii
Surfer Dude from Hawaii

Have Children Perform the Hats Across America Play as found in Konos Volume III. Most children played multiple rolls, and they also found ways to disguise their scripts somewhere on their props just in case they forgot their lines -- or preferred to not memorize them.

Not the Performing Type?

Have children each create a state poster on an individual state and present on that state.

Ready for the lessons?

Whaling Dramatization from Lesson 1: New England States
Whaling Dramatization from Lesson 1: New England States

Cook and eat regional foods, play rodeo games, enjoy a luau, dance zydeco, celebrate a Southwest Fiesta, and more while studying the 50 States of the United States. Since there were so many great resources we found for each individual state, I've also created a webpage featuring our favorite books, YouTube clips, & more for each state. You can find the links for each state on my 50 States Lesson Plans lens.

  • New England States Lesson - This is part 1 of a 9 part hands-on unit study on U.S. States & Regions. Bake and eat Boston Brown Bread, create lighthouse models, dissect crayfish, enjoy New England cuisine sampler plates, and more!
  • Mid-Atlantic States Lesson - This is part 2 of a 9 part hands-on unit study on the 50 States. Sculpt the Statue of the Liberty, act out Rip Van Winkle, hold an Amish barn-raising, and more!
  • Great Lakes States Lesson - This is part 3 of a 9 part hands-on unit study on the U.S. States & Regions. Make and eat ice cream, construct Lego's cars on an assembly line, dig the Erie Canal and sail boats down the water, assemble Harley Davidson motorcycles out of cheese, and more!
  • Midwest States Lesson - This is part 4 of a 9 part hands-on unit study on the 50 States. Bake and eat Midwest cornbread, deliver mail on the Pony Express, carve Mount Rushmore, grind wheat, construct sod houses, sample regional foods, and more!
  • Rocky Mountain States Lesson - This is part 5 of a 9 part hands-on unit study on the U.S. States & Regions. Cook & eat Cowboy Stew, paint a mountain landscape scene, compete in a rodeo round-up, hold salt flat races, and more!
  • Pacific Coast States Lesson - This is part 6 of a 9 part hands-on unit study on the 50 States. Bake & eat Washington Apple Pie, create “Starbucks” coffee grounds play-dough, piece together “fossils” excavated from the “La Brea Tar Pits,” make “Salmon” fish prints, build and test out marshmallow structures for earthquakes, and more!
  • Alaska and Hawaii Lesson - This is part 7 of a 9 part hands-on unit study on the U.S. States & Regions. Construct sugar cube igloos, host a luau complete with grass skirts and hula dancing, carve soap scrimshaw, dramatize the Iditarod, sample regional foods, and more!
  • Southwest States Lesson - This is part 8 of a 9 part hands-on unit study on the Fifty States. Celebrate a fiesta, compete in an Oklahoma Land Run, play Texas rodeo games, create a Sonora desert diorama, and more!
  • Visiting Southern States - This is part 9 of a 9 part hands-on unit study on the U.S. States & Regions. Race in the Kentucky Derby, make and eat Key Lime Pie & homemade peanut butter, celebrate Mardi Gras, make a swamp diorama, dance Zydego, and more!
  • 50 States Projects - This is the end of the unit project following a 9 part hands-on unit study on the 50 States. Perform a play about the fifty states while enjoying a dinner that features regional foods from across the United States. Also included are regional recipe links and field trips we attended while studying this unit.
  • Best Resources on Teaching the 50 States - Included are links to my favorite resources (books, video clips, lapbook pages, etc.) for each individual state in addition to my favorite resources for teaching all 50 US States.

Konos Volume III
Konos Volume III

Konos Curriculum

Want to learn this way every day?

Konos Curriculum

I use Konos Curriculum as a springboard from which to plan my lessons. It's a wonderful Christian curriculum and was created by moms with active children!

Konos Home School Mentor

If you're new to homeschooling or in need of some fresh guidance, I highly recommend Konos' HomeSchoolMentor.com program! Watch videos on-line of what to do each day and how to teach it in this great hands-on format!

Song to Learn the States and Capitals

Song to Learn 50 States: Fifty Nifty United States

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