Welcome to New York! We had so much fun learning about this state! We’re on our 8th state in the Road Trip USA curriculum! We start each day by reviewing what they’ve learned so far then locating our new state on our wall map:
Here are some of the things we learned about this week:
- Located Albany, NY on our Wall Map
- Reviewed our 50 States & Capitals Song: http://mrsjonesroom.com/songs/50capitals.html
- Read National Geographic US Atlas and located Albany, NY using the mapping location
- Learned about the state flag
- State Animal: The Beaver
- State Fish: The Striped Bass
- State Bird: The Easter Bluebird
- State Flower: The Rose
- Famous People: Norman Rockwell
- US Presidents: Martin Van Buren, Millard Fillmore, Theodore Roosevelt, & Franklin D. Roosevelt
- Famous Landmark: The Empire State Building & The Statue of Liberty
- Art project: Statue of Liberty and Empire State Building
- Food: Ate some yummy New York Style pizza!
We reviewed all of our state information facts while the kids colored their worksheets.
Then we added the state animals to our animal wall:
We added our bulletin board state (US State set by by Creative Teaching Press)
Of course we added the new flag to our Travel Log (Located in the Teacher’s Manual of my Road Trip USA curriculum)
We read our National Geographic US Atlas for New York. In order to get the kids used to finding things using the mapping grid system, they take turns locating each state using the coordinates for the state’s capital.
I gave everyone the option of doing an art project relating to the Statue of Liberty OR the Empire State Building. Tinker Bell chose to paint the Statue of Liberty “lady”.
Turbo and Strawberry Shortcake chose to collectively build a replica of the Empire State Building. They actually worked on it together for quite awhile, but insisted on separate pictures for my blog once was all said and done.
We also worked on our mini-books for our state and then added them to our notebooking page in our Road Trip USA binders.
At the end of the week, we put up our velcro state piece on our small wall map.
I try to incorporate some special food to close out our week, and so this week we did New York Style pizza. I have to say I love this type of Pizza, but the kids weren’t so thrilled with the whole “thin crust” concept! They ate it any way out of respect ;o)
And that wraps up our New York study! If you’d like to come along with us on our Road Trip USA journey, click the image below to learn more!
You always have such great ideas! I’m looking forward to using the song you mentioned. Thanks!
Erica, we are loving Road Trip USA! It’s our favorite part of the week. I’m from WV, and wanted to let you know, while a slaw dog pretty darn good, you need to check out pepperoni rolls. Nothing fancy, just a quick sandwich that you can find everywhere. You can check out my post on how to make them if you’d like. http://wvurbanhippie.blogspot.com/2011/11/wv-favorite.html
Could you link me to the US State set? I cant seem to find it on the website?
Here is a link to my Road Trip USA Curriculum:
Hi Erica-you guys are so blessed that you had New York style pizza “take out”. I tried to make our’s and it didn’t turn out so hot. Having someone else make it would have been much better. Lol. We live in a very small town, and MAYBE we’d find some about 1.5 hours away in the bigger cities. I love the Empire State Building!
The velcro US map is a great idea… I am guessing you bought two and cut one up?! I think it’s a great idea!!
also L Frank Buam was born in Chittenango NY. He didn’t live there many years but he was born there. I went to school with his great great grandduagther. Just a fun note for those who like to walk the streets of gold to The merry oh land of OZ. Really if you give it some thought you can use the story for finding Christ and walking the streets of Gold in heaven.
I live in Buffalo, NY… everyone out of state always thinks about New York City first, but New York State has loads of other famous landmarks. Niagara Falls for one and two great lakes – Lake Ontario & Lake Erie. And of course, Buffalo Wings were invented in Buffalo… they would’ve gone great with your pizza! 😉
Love your website… just stumbled across it recently! Great content. Thanks!