Our 50 States Curriculum Package

Our 50 States Curriculum Package

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Item #: 069049
ISBN: 9781609991531
Grades: 1-4

Publisher Description:

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.

Category Description for Our 50 States (Gr. 1-4):

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.

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My student needs to learn U.S. geography.
Rita S on Apr 7, 2023
A gentle and living way to learn our geography
Mark K on Aug 19, 2022
My student needs to learn U.S. geography.
Rita S on Apr 7, 2023
wanted to learn about the 50 states
JOSHUA W on Oct 6, 2022
A gentle and living way to learn our geography
Mark K on Aug 19, 2022
I have been pleased with every Notgrass product I've purchased. I'm excited to share this one with my 2nd and 3rd grader this year.
User on Jul 30, 2022
Not the same old, same old... different approach to US History
Karen B on Jul 29, 2022
Have been doing the 3 units trial from online and love it. Can't wait to continue on with this course.
Kristina H on Jul 14, 2022
We love Notgrass History's Our Star-Spangled Story, and we are looking forward to using this as well. I had the chance to peruse it (my Mom teaches with it in her very small school classroom), and it's such a high-quality curriculum, just like Our Star-Spangled Story. My oldest used Highlights Which Way USA for his study of the states (also great), and I am ordering this to supplement that program for him and my other kids. From what I can see, they supplement each other nicely.
Rebecca K on Jul 4, 2022
purchased for 4th grade history course
jilliandejohn j on Jun 28, 2022
We wanted something different and learning about the US. This curriculum looked amazing and my 6yo after reading the contents and what they would be learning is very excited about using it.
Courtney A on Jun 27, 2022
It is a highly recommended geography course reviewing over all 50 US states
Melissa R on Jan 26, 2022
Excellent reviews and I wanted to cover the US states.
Kayla K on Nov 4, 2021
Our family used the free trial and my 8 and 4 year old are hooked!!!
Julie G on Sep 1, 2021
I think its important for my children to know the states
Elisha M on Aug 13, 2021
for co op class
Amy J on Jul 20, 2021
I loved Our Star Spangled Story.
Lindsay C on Jul 18, 2021
We will use this alongside the Our Star Spangled Story curriculum
Nicole E on Jul 12, 2021
My older children have used other Notgrass history and we liked this one for our younger kids to do US states.
Krishna B on Jun 10, 2021
We enjoyed the others from Notgrass and want to do another set.
Tai B on May 5, 2021
excited to try!
Sherri M on May 1, 2021
My children and I enjoy Notgrass history. This will be a tremendous help in introducing my youngest to the fifty states.
Rebecka S on Mar 23, 2021
Love this package!
Wendy D on Mar 17, 2021
Next years history curriculum. We LOVE Notgrass history
Gina T on Feb 27, 2021
Chosen for my 4th grader's geography curriculum. We really ended Notgrass's Star Spangled History and their Our 50 States seemed like a natural choice for us.
Irene E on Feb 23, 2021
wanted to learn about the 50 states
JOSHUA W on Oct 6, 2022
I have been pleased with every Notgrass product I've purchased. I'm excited to share this one with my 2nd and 3rd grader this year.
User on Jul 30, 2022
I am brand new to homeschooling this year, and am torn between Our Star Spangled Story and Our Fifty States. I will be teaching my second and third grader, who used Abeka History at their private school prior to this year. Do you have a suggestion on which option to go with? Thank you!
Briana on Aug 3, 2022
Our 50 States Curriculum Package
Our 50 States Curriculum Package
Our Star-Spangled Story Curriculum Package
Our Star-Spangled Story Curriculum Package
BEST ANSWER: Our family used Our Star Spangled Story last year, and we loved it. It was very easy to teach both my first and fourth grader from this curriculum, even my preschooler joined in from time to time with the games and dances taught through the online resources. Since I have not used Our 50 States or any Abeka history curriculum, I cannot compare or contrast.
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.
Do you need to supplement more history in addition to this 50 states curriculum for a 3rd and 1st grader? It seems like this is just geography?
Bethany on Feb 27, 2021
BEST ANSWER: I think it has the perfect amount of history for those ages! Each state has information on the state (including some history, like story of Capital, etc.) and then an additional lesson on a specific history story for that state. My son is in 1st grade and sometimes we will do the “Who was... What was...” books alongside, if that state has a shining history piece, but otherwise the 50 state curriculum is perfect!
Could this work for sixth grade?
A shopper on Feb 7, 2021
BEST ANSWER: I have been using this with my nine-year-old fourth grade daughter. I think it is almost too simplistic for her – it seems to be aimed more at second and third graders, in my opinion. But, that said, we have really been enjoying it! The photos are lovely, and the content is interesting and quite good. My older son is using a notgrass middle school curriculum (Uncle Sam and you), and it is much more suited to his age group, and is much more in depth.
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Rated 5 out of 5
Child approved
We have only flipped through this curriculum, but all three of my children are very excited and are loving the student atlas that they get to complete. It looks very fun and engaging while sprinkling in key points in a natural way that children should know about our country.
May 9, 2022
1 year ago
Rated 5 out of 5
A great way to get your child interested in geography!
The interesting facts and activities all tie in with geography for each state and really draw in my 4th grader. He loved sharing the odd facts and doing the activity book.
January 6, 2022
1 year ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Great books!
Great book and very informative.
December 29, 2021
1 year ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Love this state study curriculum!
My two elementary kids and I both love the "Our 50 States" curriculum from Notgrass. I have the younger one use the activity book, and she loves coloring the different landforms and finding the objects on the map as I read about them from the book. My older child (a son) prefers to answer the questions in the workbook. It's a perfect complement to the "State Songs of the 50 U.S. States" online course from Music in Our Homeschool.
June 23, 2021
Rated 5 out of 5
Good for sibling group of elementary kids
We used this with a 4th, 3rd, and 2nd grader. The 7th grader loves history and would often come sit at the table with us to listen if her other work was finished. The text is beautiful, easy to read aloud to the kids and interesting to all of us. We didn't do all of the extra activities, but they were good ideas with things around the house. We took lots of youtube "fieldtrips" with the included video links...our fav was watching how tabasco sauce is made. We learned something unique about each state and had lots of conversation about places we never knew about before but now want to visit. We often tried to purchase a food item if a state we studied was famous for it...everyone's favorite was tasting maple cream for the first time (thx, amazon) after studying about how it is made in Vermont. We did not do the Literature part, but I think it would have been a good set of read-alouds if we hadn't already had a list to work through. For multiple kids, we used one text book for me to read to them and I ordered an Atlas workbook for each kid, they had fun coloring and drawing as I read. We chose not to do any additional tests or written questions, as this was enough. We usually spent about an hour twice a week, but it would easily take longer if you did all the extra activities and lit guide. It was one of the most fun parts of our school year.
June 22, 2021
Rated 5 out of 5
5 Stars for 50 States
This is our first time using Notgrass curriculum and we absolutely love it. My first grader asks for Our 50 States at the start of every school day. I love the format of the textbook and have been learning new facts about our beautiful country, right along with my children. The lessons are short enough to hold the attention of even the littlest students, and the ideas at the end of each lesson, to incorporate the study into family life, have been really cute (like baking blueberry muffins when learning about Maine). The Atlas Workbook is a fun companion to the curriculum and perfect for hands-on learners and little artists. The literature set is also wonderful, and I was excited to read new books we didn’t already have through our other curriculums. We love Our 50 States so much, I am confident we will be purchasing more Notgrass curriculum in the future.
October 17, 2020
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