If you are familiar with the concept of notebooking, you will enjoy this website full of ideas for creating a notebook of the 50 states. If you have never considered doing notebooks with your students, this topic lends itself very well to learning the ropes.
By doing one state at a time, you can easily get into a rhythm of working on it a little at a time. Here are some possible plans.
- You can work as fast or as slow as you want. You could do one state every couple of days for the entire school year and get a simple overview of each state.
- You could stretch it out and do one state a week and cover everything in two years. Perhaps pulling in a little history in the process.
- You could also allot several weeks to each state and use it for geography and regional studies for all of your middle school years.
- If you wanted to work with several students who are in different grades you could start the oldest one and when the next one is ready, have them work on each new state together until the oldest one is done and then complete the states the younger ones haven’t done yet. You could probably work with students from grades 5-9 at the same time, just requiring a little more effort from the older ones.
There are many subjects that work quite well for notebooking. Try the 50 states and then go on to other topics. Soon your students will have a collection of their learning adventures to share with others.