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Learners create maps of their own state using information from the National Geographic "MapMachine" website. They draw and label features on a blank map of their state, discuss the geographic features of their state, and create a state map from memory.
Students study the United States geography using Google Earth. In this U.S. geography lesson plan, students create travel journals about five U.S. geographical locations. Students research the human and physical characteristics for each region.
Students create a state map using Playdoh. For this hands-on state geography lesson, students work in groups to form a three-dimensional  map of their state using Playdoh made at home following a (given) recipe. Students use four colors to represent topographical features, then label the important cities, rivers, and lakes.
Students explore U.S. geography by reading assigned text in class. In this Alabama state lesson plan, students identify the location of Alabama as well as the state bird, animal and flower. Students research the Civil Rights era in relation to Alabama as well.
Students participate in a computer game in which they locate and place the U.S. states on a blank outline map. In small groups, they take turns dragging and dropping the states in the proper location on a map.
Students discover where certain states are located and what the look like. They look for their information on a web site. Each student is assigned a state which they must research then present to the entire class.
Learners become familiar with the states. They study capitols, mottos, nicknames, and other various details. They create group projects that be presented to the class.
In this online interactive geography quiz worksheet, students respond to 50 identification questions about the states in the United States of America. Students have 4 minutes to complete the quiz.
Students discover facts about Alabama. In this Alabama lesson, students gain information about Alabama's state bird, state flower and state animal. Students study the history of how Alabama became a state.
In this online interactive geography quiz learning exercise, students respond to 50 identification questions about cities located in the United States. Students have 5 minutes to complete the quiz.
Twelfth graders consider the dependence of the United States on foreign oil. For this global issues lesson, 12th graders conduct research to analyze United States dependency on foreign oil. Students use their findings to design spreadsheets and compose essays pertaining to the topic.
Sixth graders research one of the 50 United States using the Internet and print resources. They design a travel brochure that highlights one of the states geography, official state information and travel destinations. They combine the individual slide presentation into one large presentation.
In these five worksheets about the state of Illinois, students read facts about the state's geography, history, economy, and entertainment and observe a map to answer multiple choice questions. Students answer 30 questions.
Students examine the differences between various state constitutions in the United States. Then, using their own
Students participate in a variety of state-related activities. They read various books about the fifty states, create a travel brochure about a selected state, conduct research on famous people from their own state, and create a collage about different climates and areas of the U.S.
Students explore basic map skills. In this United States geography instructional activity, students define "country" and "state," locate their state on a United States map, and identify and trace state boundaries defining their state and surrounding areas.  
Fifth graders collaborate with another fifth grade classroom while learning about various locations in the United States. This is a telecollaborative video conferencing project that is designed for students studying United States history and geography.
Here is a very nice lesson on the shape of the United States, and the shapes of the individual states for your young geographers. They utilize worksheets embedded in the plan to color in a variety of states and to become familiar with the four cardinal directions used on a map. The activities in the plan are well-thought-out, and this activity should be very enjoyable.
In this geography worksheet, students use the 14 clues in order to fill in the crossword puzzle with the appropriate United States geography answers.
In this geography skills worksheet, students respond to 14 short answer questions about a map (not included) that features the United States in 1860.