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States are best learned with clues

States are best learned with clues

November 11, 2005|by LISA PREJEAN

Last summer as my husband was driving our family to Louisiana, I turned the passenger seat into an office of sorts.

The console between us served as a desk for my almanac, a spiral notebook rested on my lap, my hand held a child's 50 states coloring book, and other books about our country were scattered on the floor at my feet.

I was determined to make history and geography a little more exciting for my fifth-graders this year, so I was looking for clues that would help them learn.

In last week's column, I mentioned the State of the Day contest we started the first day of school back in August. Each day the students have been given three clues for that day's state.

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On Wednesday, the contest ended as the 50th state was revealed. Seven students guessed all 50 states correctly and won prizes for their efforts.

Along the way, we've learned geography, reference skills (by using almanacs, dictionaries, encyclopedias and the Internet), culture, music, economics, industry and history.

Next week we'll begin a new contest - the Capital of the Day. In the spring, we'll round out the school year with a President of the Day contest.

The contests are a good way to beat the midday doldrums that seem to float into the classroom after lunch.




Lisa Tedrick Prejean writes a weekly column for The Herald-Mail's Family page. Send e-mail to her at lisap@herald-mail.com.




How many can you guess?



Here are the clues Lisa Prejean gave to her fifth-grade class. Write your answer in the blanks after each set of clues:

1. Crabs, Fort McHenry, Inner Harbor ______________

2. Liberty Bell, Gettysburg, Poconos ______________

3. Coal mining, Mountain State, Harpers Ferry ______________

4. Williamsburg, Old Dominion State, James River ______________

5. First State, du Pont, Dover ______________

6. Thomas Edison, Trenton, farmland and factories ______________

7. Hudson River, Niagara Falls, Broadway ______________

8. Tar Heels, Kitty Hawk, Cape Hatteras ______________

9. Mayflower, Cape Cod, Bay State ______________

10. Fort Sumter, Palmetto State, Savannah River ______________

11. Green Mountain National Forest, Montpelier, maple syrup ______________

12. Volunteer State, country music, Chattanooga ______________

13. Bluegrass State, horse racing, explored by Daniel Boone ______________

14. Constitution State, Mystic Seaport, the first telegraph ______________

15. Smallest state, Providence River, red chickens ______________

16. Tombigbee River, "Dixie" (a musical clue), Tuscaloosa ______________

17. Lobster, lighthouses, pine trees ______________

18. Sunshine, Everglades, St. Johns River ______________

19. The Last Frontier, Yukon River, Huskies (dogsled racing) ______________

20. Mount Washington, Merrimack River, Granite State ______________

21. Aloha, pineapple, Pearl Harbor ______________

22. Pelican, river boats, Mardi Gras ______________

23. Eureka!, Mojave Desert, Mount Whitney ______________

24. Mount Rushmore, Sioux Falls, Black Hills ______________

25. Gopher State, St. Paul, pink and white lady's slipper ______________

26. Carlsbad Caverns, roadrunner, "It Grows as it Goes" ______________

27. 4 s's 4 i's 2 p's, Magnolia, Vicksburg ______________

28. Badlands, wheat, Bismarck ______________

29. Buckeyes, insect zoo, Columbus ______________

30. Saguaro cactus, Salt River, Petrified Forest ______________

31. Aspen, South Platte River, "Mile High City" ______________

32. Prairie State, Sears Tower, 21st state ______________

33. Lake Mead, Carson City, ghost towns ______________

34. Potatoes, Shoshone Falls, Snake River ______________

35. Mormons, Great Salt Lake, cricket-eating seagulls ______________

36. Mark Twain/Huckleberry Finn, The Spirit of St. Louis, Show Me State ______________

37. Crossroads of America, Wabash River, Indy 500 ______________

38. Breakfast cereal, automobile industry, Lansing ______________

39. Lone Star State, 10-gallon hat, Austin ______________

40. Sunflower State, Topeka, Amelia Earhart's birthplace ______________

41. Glacier National Park, bison, Yellowstone River ______________

42. Hawkeye State, cornfields, Des Moines ______________

43. Cornhuskers, Chimney Rock, Platte River ______________

44. Beaver, Crater Lake, Mount Hood ______________

45. Black gold, mistletoe, Sooner State ______________

46. Columbia River, Mount St. Helens, Evergreen State ______________

47. Yellowstone National Park, Cheyenne, Bighorn River ______________

48. Badger State, Madison, milk and cheese ______________

49. "Goober Peas" (a musical clue), peaches, Chattahoochee River ______________

50. Diamond mining, Hot Springs, Ozark National Forest ______________




Answers

1. Maryland; 2. Pennsylvania; 3. West Virginia; 4. Virginia; 5. Delaware; 6. New Jersey; 7. New York; 8. North Carolina; 9. Massachusetts; 10. South Carolina; 11. Vermont; 12. Tennessee; 13. Kentucky; 14. Connecticut; 15. Rhode Island; 16. Alabama; 17. Maine; 18. Florida; 19. Alaska; 20. New Hampshire; 21. Hawaii; 22. Louisiana; 23. California; 24. South Dakota; 25. Minnesota; 26. New Mexico; 27. Mississippi; 28. North Dakota; 29. Ohio; 30. Arizona; 31. Colorado; 32. Illinois; 33. Nevada; 34. Idaho; 35. Utah; 36. Missouri; 37. Indiana; 38. Michigan; 39. Texas; 40. Kansas; 41. Montana; 42. Iowa; 43. Nebraska; 44. Oregon; 45. Oklahoma; 46. Washington; 47. Wyoming; 48. Wisconsin; 49. Georgia; 50. Arkansas

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