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United States Activities

 
 

Collage America! is an artistic game where students can build the United States by dragging and dropping states to their correct places on the map. Students can drag examples of three of each state to the map, with each example representing that state in the form of a famous landmark, landform, theme, place of interest, or product that state is known for. The result is a dazzling and unique collage map of the United States that can be printed out and saved to the computer.

 

 

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Simply click “play.” You have sixty seconds to click on as many correct states as you can. The name of a state will appear at the top of the screen. Click on the corresponding state on the map. For each state you correctly click, you will earn ten points. This is a great way to learn your state geography.

 

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In State Detective, the “game” selects a secret state and the user has six questions to try to guess the selected state. Users must generate “good” questions that allow them to eliminate as many incorrect states as they can per question. Students can ask questions regarding color or relative location. States that are elminated are grayed out. For example, a good first question might be “is the state east of Missouri?” If the answer were to be yes, all of the states west of Missouri would then be greyed out.

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Choose how many states you want to include After the "Ameriquake," drag and drop the state names to the correct state. If you are correct, you will see the name of the state turn black. If you are incorrect, it will not turn black. When the game is over, print out your certificate.

 

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Where in the USA is Mr. Nussbaum? is the ultimate game to promote cultural literacy. Students can choose to practice their knowledge of U.S. Cities, state capitals, or famous American landmarks. Mr. Nussbaum will randomly pop up at various places such as Des Moines (the capital of Iowa), Wichita (the largest city in Kansas), or, Glacier National Park (Montana), and students must click on the state in which the important place is located. Questions come in various difficulty levels. “easy” questions are worth one point, “medium” two points, and “difficult” three points. How many points can you get in two minutes?

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Turn the United States ablaze in color, then determine what fraction of the states are each color. Choose from 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, or 8 fractions. Think of the United States as one big whole, and each of its states (regardless of size) as an equal part. Print out a beautiful map with all of the correct fractions when you are finished. Fraction America is a great cross-curricular opportunity for students to integrate their fractions skills with the United States map. The program also requires students to reduce fractions to lowest terms and will prompt them when fractions are not reduced.

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In Landforms Central, users must drag and the drop the United States land features to their correct places on the map. When the land features is dropped correctly on the map, it will appear along with an iconic image associated with that land feature. Users must correctly place the Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, Colorado, Columbia, Potomac, and Hudson Rivers along with the Rio Grande as well as the Rocky and Appalachian Mountains and the Coast Range. When users correctly place the land features, they can print out a certifiate featuring one of the eleven features. Try to collect them all!

 

 

   
 

Do you know the NFL? How well do you NFL cities? NFL Helmets will put you to the test. Simply drag and drop the NFL helmets that appear at the bottom of the screen to their correct city locations on the map. Use the hot-cold meter to guide you. You can also get hints or auto-place the helmets. How fast can you place all 32 helmets? When you are done, you can print out your awesome map!

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Have you ever wanted to make a cross-country road trip? If so, Coast to Coast is a great game for you! Travel via automobile from Maine to Hawaii (yes, Hawaii) and visit connecting states in-between by answering trivia questions about the states you drive through. The game is very challenging, but those who can make it all of the way get a special sereande at the end.

   
 

These are challenging online word searches with state themes. Students generally must find 10-15 words associated with the state of choice.

 

   
 

These are customizable online jigsaw puzzles with state themes! Powered by jigzone.com and using mrnussbaum.com content, these puzzles can be enjoyed by kids ages 4 and up. Customize the look of the puzzle, the number of pieces, and the shape of the pieces. Even make a jigsaw puzzle wth the shapes of all 50 states that must be formed into the continental United States.

 

   

 

 

Maptivation is a powerful, subscription-based mapping program for the MrNussbaum XTEND system ($12.00/year)

• Deploy over one hundred black and white outlines maps of continents, nations, and states
• Deploy or print customized maps of the ANY PART of the world by using the map extractor tool
• Students can fill in the maps with colors, shapes, text, map key and much more
• Students can make the maps communicate by adding hot spots that display text when rolled-over
• Students can save, preview, and print maps
• Grade and make comments to students about their maps
• Create public map galleries when classes finish maps

 

 

   
 

Super Map Maker is a fantastic tool for young students learning about U.S. Geography. Build stunning, colorful state and region map from black and white outlines and add labels, stamps, cities, regions, map key and much more.

 

 

 
 

Interactive Scavenger Hunts are great ways for students to practice map skills using a state theme. Each requires students to interpret and answer multiple choice questions using a cross-section of a state map.

 

   
 

These are informal state identification challenge quizzes that will help students identify states by shape and by location. Perfect for enhancing cultural literacy skills.