Introduction to Hands-On States

Adaptable for Grades K – 12

Hands-on States is a fun notebooking project that guides students on a tour of all fifty U.S. states plus the District of Columbia. At each stop along the way, students have opportunity to:

  • Research key geographical data for each state, along with fascinating facts about the state flag, notable citizens and more.

  • Write in their own words what they learn.

  • Illustrate what they learn with pictures of state symbols.

  • Present what they learn in well-organized, keepsake notebooks.

Each set of notebooking pages is custom-designed for its particular state. For example, each includes pictures of the state outline, state flag and state bird, along with a map highlighting the state within the United States.

The project book also includes an answer key. If the resources available to your students don't provide the answers they need, then you can always turn to the answer key for help.

Hands-on States contains four pages per state, some more detailed than others. This arrangement allows parents and teachers to tailor notebooking projects for students of different grade levels, according to these suggestions:

  1. Students in grades K – 2 might complete only the second page for each state, which covers basic facts like the state capital, motto and nickname.

  2. Students in grades 2 – 6 might add more detail by completing the first two pages, or perhaps the first three.

  3. Students in grades 6 – 8 might complete either the first three pages or all four.

  4. Students in grades 8 – 12 might complete all four pages.

Parents and teachers who are following BiblioPlan can use Hands-On States as a supplement to Years Three and Four. BiblioPlan covers the first twenty-five states in Year Three: Early Modern History, and the rest in Year Four: Modern History. A chart lists which state or states go with which BiblioPlan week.

Those who aren’t following BiblioPlan can still use Hands-On States to teach the states, in any order and on any time schedule they choose.

For parents and teachers who wish to test how much their students have learned, Hands-On States includes two exams. The first exam covers the first 25 states from BiblioPlan’s scope, and the second covers all 50.


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