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Looking for project ideas

Posted by on Sep. 5, 2013 at 10:19 AM
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I am new to this creating my own curriculum thing, so please bear with me.  I have my kids working on a HUGE lap book on the fifty states.  This is so large that I actually have them doing this in a 1 subject note book.  They are really into it.  We are doing one state a day.  They need to read about the state and tell me what region it is located in, the name of the state, capital, state bird, flower, major crop, statehood, a fun fact that they remembered, and draw a picture of something that is representative of the state.  My problem is I would like to do a hands on project that ties all the states together.  I don't know if we should do this by region or something else?  So very confused and not super creative in this department.

I have a TON of ideas for science related stuff.....just at a loss for geography and history.

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Knightquester
by Bronze Member on Sep. 5, 2013 at 10:38 AM

You could write letters and mail out a Flat Stanley and see if you can collect pictures and letters from most or all the states.  I know that there have been a few homeschool posts here on Cafemom of other mothers doing that, but you could do it with people on here and even family members.

oredeb
by debbie on Sep. 5, 2013 at 10:48 AM

we made large size of each state and put them together when we were done with the studying of each one, so in the end we had a big map of usa on the wall.

we made a game using a big map, i would call out a state and the kids would race to the map and point it out

another thing we do is put a big map of usa on wall and put the capitals on using push pins and string, looks neat when its done, we decorate the little cards with the name of the capitals on them, using stickers and colored markers

also planning a trip across the states is fun, and then they can see how all the states are connected.

 

hwblyf
by Bronze Member on Sep. 5, 2013 at 11:01 AM

Honestly, I still have to finish the project my kiddos put together last year.  They collected recipes, and we're going to cook them, by regions (so we'll have one meal for New England).  I need them to find a different recipe for New Hampshire.  I'm NOT into getting a whole pig to make my own bacon.

KrissyKC
by Silver Member on Sep. 5, 2013 at 1:36 PM

Blow up a map of the US and pick a couple highways that go through different parts of the states, and take a pretend (virtual) trip.   Research ahead of time some sights they would see travelling say... I 70 east through Kansas.

You can tie in some math by figuring out how many miles a trip is.     Highlight your trip on a road map... see how many times you use a major interstate.

"Pretend" to go to a famous hamburger joint along the way and serve burgers (veggie burgers?) for lunch.



KrissyKC
by Silver Member on Sep. 5, 2013 at 1:37 PM

Print off a picture of each states license plate and start looking to see if you see any as you are driving.


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