What are you doing for geography this coming year? We will be memorizing the 50 states of the United States, including capitals, state information, important landmarks, and topography. I chose this because we are studying American history this year also, and I like the cross-pollination of subject matter. So, here’s another question: Do you study geography as a stand alone subject or do you incorporate it into other studies? I was thinking about this as I was planning for the upcoming year. I would venture to say that many of us embed it into other subjects like history, and why wouldn’t we? Lewis and Clark cross the Mississippi River. Look at the Mississippi River on a map. Discuss some interesting facts. Check. Move on. But is it enough? That is for each one of us to decide. This year, I am setting aside some time each week to focus on the geography of the United States. I don’t want it to be dry and boring, and that is why I was so excited for the opportunity to review USA Activity Bundle Pack by the Crafty Classroom.
The USA Activity Bundle Pack has 3 activity books:
- U.S.A. State by State Activity Notebook
- U.S.A. State Bird Art Cards
- U.S.A. 50 State Mazes
These are aimed at students in kindergarten through third grade, but older students may enjoy them, too. You can purchase each book separately or in the USA Activity Bundle Pack. These are ebooks, so once purchased, you will receive a PDF to print out. The pages required for each student are black and white to save on printing costs. There are a couple of games included, and these are in color as you would only print out one for all your students. The homeschool license allows you to use the product for all students within your homeschool. There is also a classroom license, if you want to use it at a co-op class.
U.S.A. State by State Activity Notebook
The U.S.A. State by State Activity Notebook has a full activity page for each state. They recommend using The United States of America: A State-By-State Guide by Millie Miller and Cyndi Nelson, but you may, of course, use any state guide that you have or you find at the library. The student can color the state flag and state flower, and learn its abbreviation, number, and nickname. They locate and color the state within the United States. They label the capital as well as other cities and landmarks and also draw the important geographical places like rivers, lakes, and mountains. There is also a place to tailor your student’s learning by adding facts they found interesting. This packet also includes 2 full-color games: Bingo USA and Roll Across America.
U.S.A. State Bird Art Cards
The U.S.A. State Bird Art Cards packet includes a full activity page for each state bird. There is a color picture of the bird as well as a section to write interesting facts about the bird. There is also a black and white picture card of the bird for your student to color and a smaller card set (with picture of the bird on one card and the name of the bird on the other to play a matching game). They recommend using the United Tweets of America by Hudson Talbot for further information on each state bird. We looked up information on each bird, watched YouTube videos, and listened to its song. We have plans to go birdwatching, too.
U.S.A. 50 State Mazes
The U.S.A. 50 State Mazes book has a fun maze for each of the state using the actual shape of the state.
My daughter had so much fun doing activities in the USA Activity Bundle Pack. We will definitely continue to use it and incorporate into our geography class to add a little splash of fun. Have you tried the USA Activity Bundle Pack or any other product by the Crafty Classroom? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below. Also, check out other great review of this and other products by the Crafty Classroom by clicking the link below.
Till Next Time,