Road Trip USA: Maine

Welcome to our 3rd stop on our Road Trip USA! This week we’re trekking through Maine!

We started off by adding the Maine flag to our Travel Journal.



We started off by reviewing the states and capitals we’ve learned so far, then located Maine and Augusta on our Wall Map.



Some of the things we learned about this week:

  • Located Augusta, ME on our Wall Map
  • Read National Geographic US Atlas and located Augusta, ME using the mapping grid
  • Learned about the state flag
  • State Bird: Black Capped Chickadee
  • State Flower: The White Pine Cone and Tassel
  • We continued reading If You Were There When They Signed the Constitution
  • We reviewed the first two verses of the next verse to our 50 States and Capitals Song
  • State Animal: The Moose
  • State Berry: The Blueberry
  • Famous Landmarks: Portland Head Light
  • Classified our Maine state animal symbols and added them to our wall
  • State food: Maine Lobster, and blueberries.
  • Had blueberry muffins for breakfast
  • Visited Red Lobster to let the kids see a live lobster and try one out.
  • Checked out some of Maine’s Fun Facts:


We read through our state symbol information and the kids colored their Maine worksheet.



We re-visited the Black Capped Chickadee and Moose and added them to our animal wall.



We added Maine to our small wall map. ( Trend USA Wall Poster)  (I just purchased two of these then cut out the states on one of them, and left one whole. Then I added small velcro dots to both the whole map and the little pieces so we could add our states as we went.



We finished out our week with a trip to Red Lobster where the kids got to touch a live lobster…



…then they ate it.



And that wraps up our Maine study! If you’d like to come along with us on our Road Trip USA journey, click the image below to learn more!



  • Charli September 30, 2011 at 4:46 am

    Just wanted to let you know, we just started Roadtrip USA and my boys love it. Such great projects and they love adding in the food. Thanks for sharing it!

  • Lake Lili September 30, 2011 at 5:56 am

    Maine is one of my favourite states! I was lucky enough to spend my summers there as a child. There was a wonderful book called “We Took to the Woods” by Louise Dickinson Rich (pub. 1942, reprinted several times) and a short story called “Land of the Pointed Firs” by Sarah Orne Jewett (1896) which brilliantly capture life in Maine. Rich’s book is about life in the back woods in the Rangeley area while Jewett’s story captures life in fishing village. Both would make excellent resources.

  • Katie September 30, 2011 at 6:22 am

    So excited to see that you researched Maine! That’s my home state! We are military and live in VA right now, but Maine is always home. Blueberries for Sal is a great kids book (R. McCloskey) set in Maine.
    Oh, and as a Mainer, I have to point out that you left the E off Maine a couple times in your blog 😉 But for me it is my main state 🙂 Thanks for taking me home today!

    • erica September 30, 2011 at 12:40 pm

      LOL! Sorry, that’s what I get for writing posts late at night! I fixed the typos, thanks!

  • Lisa in ME September 30, 2011 at 7:33 am

    Yeah! Maine is my state! I’ve lived here my whole life and love it!!!! 😉

  • Katie September 30, 2011 at 8:09 am

    Where do you get all of your supplies for your bulletin boards. In previous home school years, I did not put up much on the walls, but now I have a room I can use to put up some educational items. If you already posted about this, then please direct me, but I would like some links for places to buy the items you have on your school wall and how you put them up. Thanks.

    • erica September 30, 2011 at 3:27 pm

      Hi Katie, I got most of my bulletin board displays from a local teacher supply store. I just buy colored butcher paper, then add a fun border around it. You can check out or to get most of them! I also went back and added in links for the wall maps for you.

      • Katie October 6, 2011 at 9:10 am

        Thank you for your response. I am checking out those web sites. I think my younger children will enjoy having some maps, math things and seasonal fun on the wall.

  • Jessi August 16, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    I’m sorry if this has been answered before, but when you get to the northeastern states, are they all cut apart or are some of them together (being as some are small enough that a velcro dot would completely cover them, lol)? I snagged my posters today on sale and am prepping to cut the one apart for this next year.


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