Way back when my kids were super duper little we started studying United States geography, and ever since then we’ve been studying our way around the country with United States geography unit studies for part of our geography lessons. I’ll pick a state, some books, and gather up all the resources I can find. Slowly but surely I’m getting a unit written for each individual state in the United States.
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Getting ready for our United States geography unit study
A few years back I shared a couple of different ways to study United States geography. It’s fun to look back and see how some things change and some things stay the same.
First, in case you don’t know, I’ve put together a 50 states notebooking pages set. You can either buy it for yourself or if you subscribe to my newsletter you’ll get a coupon to get it for free, your choice.
We read all the picture books I can find and have some fun with any unique projects I might come up with.
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Way back when we first started our United States geography unit study we were working our way through based on states related to us, so Wisconsin because Jeff’s family is from there, and then we hopped over to Colorado and then California for my family.
Then we tried to do our United States geography unit study in chronological order, starting with Delaware. Those are some truly old posts there, and you can see how much the kids have grown when you see how little they are. I’m slowly going in and updating those, but it’s slow because I have to dig up pictures from almost a decade ago!
Right now, we’re working our way “backwards” from the West coast across. I’m trying to accelerate our rate so we can actually finish someday…. That’s my hope, you know to actually study all 50 states for our United States geography unit before they graduate high school.
Future Ticia 2022, as I’m working to finish writing this post four years later, I have now gone to an alphabetical order so I don’t lose track of what I’ve already done. Because I may or may not have accidentally had the kids study the same state twice. I only have a year and a little bit of change left, so I’m doing a LOT of geography in the next year if I want to finish off all of the countries and states.
I’m in the process of adding in and updating all of those files I made back when the kids were little bitty, and they’re over on my Subscriber Page (join my newsletter, seriously lots of cool things you get).
Many of these pages linked below are landing pages in and of themselves. Some states had loads of fun activities and others I didn’t come up with as many, but as we learn more I add more in. Sigh, there’s always so much to learn.
And because there are 50 states, and putting them all in one giant pile would be confusing, I’m going to divide them up by geographical regions.
Western United States Geography Unit
I guess since they’re including California they don’t want to say Northwest United States.
- Colorado Unit
- Wyoming Unit
- Montana Unit
- Idaho Unit
- Washington Unit
- Oregon Unit
- Utah Unit
- Nevada Unit
- California Unit
- Alaska Unit
- Hawaii Unit
Southwest United States Geography Unit
- Texas Unit- I don’t have one done yet, so for now I will link to our Texas geography unit, for some strange reason it’s not as high of a priority for me living in Texas, also living in Texas I have a large number of picture books to choose from at our library
- New Mexico Unit
- Oklahoma Unit– This is going to be updated because wow is that post terrible
- Arizona Unit
Midwest United States Geography Unit
Okay, when they split this up, they really did not do a good job splitting it so there were even numbers of states in the different categories, so this Midwest United States geography unit has over double the number of states as the Southwest United States geography unit did.
I don’t have most of these written about yet, but here’s what will be in this section:
- Ohio unit
- Indiana unit
- Michigan unit
- Illinois unit
- Missouri unit
- Wisconsin unit
- Minnesota unit
- Iowa unit
- Kansas unit
- Nebraska unit
- South Dakota unit
- North Dakota unit
Southeast United States Geography Unit
All of these are from way back when my kids were in preschool or early elementary, so I don’t have a feature picture for them yet…
Sigh, I have so many posts to go through and update, it’s kind of intimidating.
Future Ticia 2022 says when I finally get all this updating done, that is going to make this post quite hilarious to
read revise. My hilarious commentary will probably not be so hilarious.
Also, it may only be hilarious to me who is trying to think of things to say about all these United States Geography Unit that isn’t, “Wow these states are so interesting, and I wish I could visit it,” OR “I loved when we visited this state, and I wish I could have found some more books to go with the cool sights we visited.”
- West Virginia Unit
- Virginia Unit
- Kentucky Unit
- Tennessee Unit
- North Carolina Unit
- South Carolina Unit
- Georgia Unit
- Alabama Unit
- Mississippi Unit
- Arkansas Unit
- Louisiana Unit
- Florida Unit
Northeast United States geography unit
Seriously, this is not how I’m used to seeing states divided up, but oh well, I’m committed, so this is how it’s going to be divided up for this post.
Also, all of these are super old posts as mentioned before, and seriously need updating.
- Maine Unit
- Massachusetts Unit
- Rhode Island Unit
- Connecticut Unit
- New Hampshire Unit
- Vermont Unit
- New York Unit
- Pennsylvania Unit
- New Jersey Unit
- Delaware Unit
- Maryland Unit
Curious about other ways we’ve learned?
- “United States USA Flag” by JeepersMedia is licensed under CC BY 2.0.
- “The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue; Washington DC” by foxypar4 is licensed under CC BY 2.0.
What a great resource!