Looking for a fun way for your children to learn about US States in the South and Southwest AND improve their listening and note taking skills at the same time? Grab this packet and pull out your colored pencils! Easy to implement in classrooms, resource rooms, speech therapy and homeschools.
This packet has 20 sets of following directions that teach you and your children about 10 different states in the South and Southwest. The following states are included: Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and Utah.
The first set of following directions for each state is called State Map and has you work with a map of the state to learn about 8-10 interesting places. Learn about geographical features such as mountains and rivers and historical facts about mining, civil rights, and the building of the Hoover Dam. Find out other fun facts about the state and practice following directions with cardinal directions.
The second set of following directions is called State Facts and Symbols and teaches you about the state flag, nickname, abbreviation, symbols and more! State symbols help children learn about the different plants and animals that live in the state as well as agricultural products the state is known for.
Students will also work on language concepts such as left/right, north/south/east/west, and above/below. They will have the opportunity to follow directions with these concepts multiple times to improve mastery. One-step and two-step directions are included.
Instructions are provided to simplify the activity for children working at lower levels and to increase the difficulty for students who need a challenge.
Want to try a sample? Download the Listening to Learn USA directions that provide a similar activity but about the United States as a whole.
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th grades
Related product: United States Sorting Mats. Great as a follow-up activity to the Listening to Learn States.