Identify that state

How you can help at home: Play this game with your child to locate states on a map and reinforce geography skills.

By Jane Ann Robertson, Consulting Educator

With the demands of reading, writing and mathematics at this age, parents often have no time to work with their children in the realm of social studies. This game requires almost no preparation, lasts for years and can be modified a thousand times to help your child with identifying states, rivers, mountain, capitals, directions, borders, and cities.

What you'll need

Here's how to do it

Put the name of each state on a popsicle stick. Put the sticks in a sock. As you are making dinner or reading the newspaper, have your child take five sticks out of the sock. Find those states on the map and circle them. It's that easy and you can just imagine the modifications you can make.

Jane Ann Robertson was Arizona's Teacher of the Year in 2004. She teaches first grade and will be "looping" with her students to teach them in second grade the following year at Abia Judd Elementary School in Prescott, Arizona, where she has taught for 20 years. She also mentors and advises student teachers at Northern Arizona University.