Our 50 States Curriculum Package
Our 50 States is a one-year American geography and literature course designed for students in first, second, third, or fourth grade. It combines the flexibility and richness of a unit study with the simplicity of a textbook-based approach. In addition to narrative lessons about people and places from around the U.S., students learn through songs and hands-on activities.
The Our 50 States Curriculum Package includes the four books listed below, enough for one child to complete the curriculum. If you are using the curriculum with more than one child, you can purchase additional Atlas Workbooks or Lesson Review books separately.
Our 50 States
- This book has the lessons to read plus all of the instructions and assignments. It also includes the songs and instructions for the family activities.
Our 50 States Atlas Workbook
- This consumable book has geography activities related to the lessons
Our 50 States Lesson Review
- This consumable book has review questions about each lesson
Our 50 States Answer Key and Literature Guide
- This book contains answers for the Lesson Review questions and tests. It also includes a guide for the literature titles incorporated in Our 50 States
In addition to the books, you will get access to stream or download the audio recordings of all the songs.
Learn from East to West in this one-year geography course organized by 7 US geographical regions (including territories). Students will learn about culture, geography, songs, history and other distinctives. The hefty Our 50 States text highlights each state over two lessons. Did you know Indiana is famous for popcorn—or why Guam and Puerto Rico are US territories? You’ll spend about an hour daily with the 104 lessons (4-5 lessons per week). As students come across green highlighted location words, they’re encouraged to locate these on the text’s included basic map. Students will complete creative writing assignments (52 total) in their own notebook. It is inquiry-based learning with literature focus, and adaptable for multi-age learning. Has family fun projects that get everyone involved, and can customize to your family with versatile options. Hands-on, easy-to-follow activities use common house-hold items while each unit’s family activities require additional supplies and might include recipes (popcorn balls or pineapple pops), art projects, and more. These studies are enhanced with 7 engaging books that are each connected with a geographical region: Rabbit Hill, The Cabin Faced West, Soft Rain, The Story of George Washington Carver, The Trumpet of the Swan and The Adventures of Paddy the Beaver, and the 7th, Philip of Texas is a Notgrass reprint of a lovely 1913 book.
In addition, students can complete map activities in the 110-page Atlas Workbook (which reinforces a key geographic term and other chapter content with coloring and simple activities). The 45-page Lesson Review includes 103 5-question reviews and nine, 8-question tests over regions. These Review answers and reading book synopses (with potential questionable elements noted) are in the Answer Key and Literature Guide (19 pgs). You’ll find audio song files, additional reading options, activities, supply lists and more at notgrass.com/50links.
I found this textbook to be well written and the supplemental activities and work are flexible to your family’s dynamics and preferences.
We often did our own deeper dives into people introduced by the text through library books, online videos, or podcasts. I appreciate that this curriculum opened up pathways for us to explore the things we found most interesting. I would expect Our 50 States would do the same.
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