In this game, students will correctly place the U.S. states on a blank outline map.
geography, states, map
This lesson should be used when students have a fairly good grasp of U.S. state geography. If students are not so familiar with the locations of the states, see the Alternative Ideas presented below.
Divide students into teams of equal size. You might create two, three, or four teams; the more teams, the more opportunities for students to participate.
Introduce students to the online Place the State Game. In this game a state appears in the lower left corner of the screen. Students must drag-and-drop the state to its proper location on a blank U.S. map.
Next, call the first player from the second team. Repeat the steps above.
Continue play, alternating teams and awarding points as states are correctly placed on the map. When all 50 states have been properly placed, which team has the highest score?
This is a game that can be played again and again.
If your students are not quite ready to play this game, there is an easier version available. In that version, Place the State -- Advanced Beginner, the game presents states one region at a time instead of randomly presenting the 50 states.
If the game is not challenging enough for your students, you might use the Place the State -- Advanced Intermediate version.
Provide students with a U.S. outline map (see source 1 , 2 , or 3). Have them identify and label states as you randomly call out their names. Do students correctly identify at least 45 of the 50 states?
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Originally published 03/21/2006
Last updated 06/03/2010