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Subject: can you reccomend books on the United States?
Date Posted: 9/19/2007 12:07 PM ET
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Ok I have been waiting for almost a year for a set of books one for each stateDiscover America State By State. Alphabet Series) I really wanted this set because i have teachers guides to go along with each book. 

I only have one out of the whole series and I'm thinking of trying to get a diffrent book or set that would help the kids learn more about each state. Does anyone have reccomendations about what has worked for their kids?

thanks

angel

Date Posted: 9/19/2007 1:12 PM ET
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We have a Scholastic Atlas type book with a map of the US (with stickers).  It shows the main products and features of each state.  We use the encyclopedia and internet to research for more info.  It works for us and they enjoy researching.

Date Posted: 9/19/2007 3:26 PM ET
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EDITED:  Okay, I'm such a dork today!  I didn't read your original post closely enough to notice *this was* the series you were talking about - my bad!  :-o!  Someone please pass me some Dr. Pepper!  :-o!

Oh well, perhaps someone else can use the info!

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I love Sleeping Bear Press' Discover America State by State series.  The titles are all like "A is for Aloha, L is for Lincoln, S is for Sunflower, etc.

gale.cengage.com/DiscoverAmerica/

gale.cengage.com/servlet/ItemDetailServlet

They have teacher's guides for each book.  Click the book title from the second link above and it will go into detail on that book and have a link to the TG.  Here's one for the series in general:

gale.cengage.com/pdf/TeachersGuides/DiscoverAmerica_grinn.pdf

Here's the Amazon link to them:

www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html/

There are other books from the publisher in the same genre.  We have one about national parks and one about the national anthem.  We've been collecting the state books in every state we visit.

 



Last Edited on: 9/19/07 3:27 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 9/19/2007 5:15 PM ET
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Yes i really wanted this set of books but like i said only 1 and i have been waiting for a year so I think i'm gonna look into finding some other resources to teach about the US. Do you think I could still use the teachers guides with other books?

angel

Date Posted: 9/19/2007 10:10 PM ET
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The Don't Much About the 50 States is an excellent book. I love the whole Don't Know Much About Series. We have DKMA American History, DKMA History, DKMA the 50 States and DKMA Geography.

Date Posted: 9/19/2007 10:11 PM ET
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I just checked and they have quite a few DKMA books. I added a couple we don't have to my reminder list.

Date Posted: 9/20/2007 8:32 PM ET
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I like Train of States for a brief introduction to each state.  We also have a Scholastic Kids Travel Atlas.

Date Posted: 9/21/2007 11:49 AM ET
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This is the book we use. "Don't know much about The 50 States" by Kenneth C. Davis ISBN 0060286075  It is great for 1st and second grade.

Let me tell you what I did! I posted on a website that I am involved with that my grandson was studing the USA. That if my friends would send him a post card from where they live, he would send them a Thank you letter plus draw them a picture. My grandson loves mail. My friends did send him post cards. For history we take one state a week and learn about it. Then for writing we write a Thank you letter. I try to use some of his spelling words for that week in the letter. Also for science we study the flower and the bird of that state. We also make a lap book for each state. I work my art lesson around it.

Date Posted: 9/21/2007 1:47 PM ET
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Great ideas thanks so much I'm going to find those I don't know much books they sound like a good way to go.

 

thanks for the help

angel

Date Posted: 9/22/2007 5:10 PM ET
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Those books are amazing and I'd love to own every one of them! Too expensive though, if paying for them!

Date Posted: 9/23/2007 6:05 PM ET
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I just rememberd a great book I rec'd free from The Teaching & Learning Company a few years ago:

Super States! : Puzzles, Games and Fascinating Trivia about the United States: Grades 3-6
Author:
Cindy Barden

www.paperbackswap.com/book/details/9781573100298-Super+States+Puzzles+Games+and+Fascinating+Trivia+about+the+United+States+Grades+36

It's a large book with great activities from each state and the USA in general.

JCC

 

Date Posted: 9/23/2007 10:59 PM ET
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There are some great games for use while studying the States at this site http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/web_games.htm

There are games for matching the Capitols and placing the States on the map. I still find them fun!

Enjoy!!