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State History Outline & Projects {Free}

State History Outline & Projects {Free}

Most states require a state study at some point during a student’s educational pursuits.  Traditional curriculum publishers typically include pieces of such a study within their history or social studies resources.  But there must be a better way!  And we are always on the lookout for ways to broaden, enliven and make a state study a worthwhile adventure — for student and Mom!  With this in mind, we are adding this rather unique state history study outline with projects.

Originally appearing in the Old Schoolhouse Magazine, “Teaching State History: An Outline With Projects” by Rusty and Sandy Sieber offers a wealth of original ideas and projects for making any state study a work of art!

The lesson plan begins with creating a learning web that will be finalized at the end of the study after the research has been completed.  (The sidebar content referred to can be found at the bottom of the article.)

The state outline covers the following areas of study:

  • Origins of the state.
  • Symbols.
  • Coat of arms.
  • Nickname.
  • Slogans.
  • Native Americans.
  • Early settlers.
  • Personal family history.
  • Industry.
  • Inventors.
  • Major events.
  • State or national parks.
  • State waterways.
  • Cities.
  • Government organization.
  • Historical places.
  • Tourism.
  • Transportation.
  • War involvement.
  • Famous people.
  • State science (trees, flowers, and animal studies).

For each area of study, a suggested activity is included.  These activities add real depth to any state study covering projects such as creating maps, writing articles, drawing and illustrating, making banners, creating booklets, and developing charts, along with many, many other well-rounded tasks.

An additional project is also included that uses this state history outline for an in-depth Bible study.

One of the highlights of this project is the fact that it is the student who is doing the work — and therefore it is the student who will be doing the learning!

This state study outline is a perfect tool for the homeschool handy-Mom…and it’s free!

 

Additional Resources

My State {Free Unit Study}
Unit study plan for covering any state with additional helps.

Printable State Maps {Free}
Labeled and unlabeled maps available.

Interactive Map Maker {Free}
Interactive tool to help a student create, label and print maps including state maps.

Free State Unit StudiesFree State Unit Studies
Our own state units that can be used as templates for your state study.