|| || The States and Capitals of The United States


As you all know the United States has 50 states and they each have there own capitals. This exercise will allow you to memorize and learn all 50 of the states and there capitals. By completing the quizzes and assignments it will help recognize the capitals of states and expand your ability to remember them at a later date. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k87N8K-nKLo

  • Your first task is to complete the States and Capitals game for beginners with a partner. If you reach 100% on level one move yourself up to level two.
  • Next, you and your partner will complete the State Puzzle. Start with the (States with Outlines). If 100% successful go to (States without Outlines).
  • Lastly, with a partner come up with a way to present how you can remember the states and their capitals, by creating a song, travel brouchure, or your own puzzle. Be Creative!!!

  • Watch the posted youtube video
  • Next complete the States and Capitals game with a partner. Click this link to enter the game. http://www.vectorkids.com/maps.htm
  • Next you and your partner will also complete the States' using this link to get there. http://www.yourchildlearns.com/mappuzzle/us-puzzle.html
  • Finally come up with an original way to remember your states and capitals. Have fun with this!!! You can make a travel brochure, your own state and capitals puzzle, or create your own song.


Illinois learning Standards:

Understand world geography and the effects of geography on society, with an emphasis on the United States.

Identify physical characteristics of places, both local and global (e.g., locations, roads, regions, bodies of water).

Identify the characteristics and pur­poses of geographic representations including maps, globes, graphs, photographs, software, digital images and be able to locate specific places using each.


1. Creativity and Innovation

Students demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge, and develop innovative products and processes
using technology. Students:

a. apply existing knowledge to generate new ideas, products, or processes

b. create original works as a means of personal or group expression

c. use models and simulations to explore complex systems and issues

d. identify trends and forecast possibilities

2. Communication and Collaboration
Students use digital media and environments to communicate and work collaboratively, including at a distance,
to support individual learning and contribute to the learning of others. Students:

a. interact, collaborate, and publish with peers, experts, or others employing a variety of digital environments
and media

b. communicate information and ideas effectively to multiple audiences using a variety of media and formats

c. develop cultural understanding and global awareness by engaging with learners of other cultures

d. contribute to project teams to produce original works or solve problems

5. Digital Citizenship
Students understand human, cultural, and societal issues related to technology and practice legal and ethical
behavior. Students:

a. advocate and practice safe, legal, and responsible use of information and technology

b. exhibit a positive attitude toward using technology that supports collaboration, learning, and productivity

c. demonstrate personal responsibility for lifelong learning

d. exhibit leadership for digital citizenship


Group Effectiveness ( did you work well with partner)
1 (Poor)

2 (Average)

3 (Excellent)

By completing these exercises and the project you will have successfully learned all the states and there capitals. I know 50 states and capitals are a lot to remember, but by doing more than one exercise and the project, you will be able to start remembering them as we research them more over this unit. Have fun, and most importantly, be creative!!!

Works cited:

Animainiacs Wakko's, US States. www.youtube.com. September 23, 2010. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k87N8K-nKLo.

State Capitals. www.vectorkids.com. September 23, 2010. **http://www.vectorkids.com/maps.htm**

United States map Puzzle. www.yourchildrenlearn.com September 23, 21010. **http://www.yourchildlearns.com/mappuzzle/us-puzzle.html**