Game makes it easier to learn about capitals

February 24, 2006|by LISA PREJEAN

I am southwest of Seattle.

The Pacific Ocean is close to me.

My name is similar to some world-famous Games.

I am a state capital.

Who am I?

If you guessed Olympia, Washington, congratulations. You are one step closer to being a "Capital of the Day" champion.

A few months ago I wrote a column about the "State of the Day" contest we had in my fifth-grade classroom. Seven students guessed all 50 states correctly and won prizes for their efforts.

Over the past 50 days of school, we've learned a capital per day.

Several of my students were able to guess all, or mostly all, of the capitals correctly. In a few weeks, they'll have a test on the states and capitals. Hopefully, this exercise made it easier for them to learn about their country.


How about you? How well do you know the capitals of the United States?

Here are a few of the clues I provided my fifth-graders. See how you do on these 25, with two clues for each capital. Next week we'll look at the other half.

1. I was the capital of the Confederate states.

I followed Jamestown and Williamsburg.

2. Samoset was from my state.

The eighth month is in my name.

3. My state was the last of the 13 colonies.

I was almost destroyed during the Civil War.

4. I followed Wheeling.

Wheeling followed me.

5. I am northeast of Mount Elbert.

"Mile High City."

6. My name is the same as a former department store, __________ Ward.

I am southeast of Birmingham.

7. The Central Pacific Company started laying tracks for the transcontinental railroad here.

After the gold rush of '49, my state was added to the Union.

8. I am a girl's name.

Lake Michigan is east of me.

9. I'm the name of a plane.

My state was one of the original New England colonies.

10. I was named for the famous scout Kit Carson.

I am near the Great Basin Desert.

11. I am west of Fargo.

My state's northern neighbor is Canada.

12. I became famous in 1776 when George Washington and his troops crossed the ice-clogged Delaware River and captured me from the British.

I am a man's name.

13. I followed St. Mary's.

United States Naval Academy.

14. Toe + P + caw.

Dorothy and Toto called my state home.

15. I am home to LSU.

New Orleans is southeast of me.

16. 1959.

My state originally was named Russian America.

17. Opposite of Big Stone.

Noah would have liked my state's name.

18. Thomas Hooker.

Admitted to the Union in 1788.

19. My name does not start with an "F" even though it sounds like it could.

I am south of the Grand Canyon.

20. My state is a peninsula.

3 a's, 2 l's, 2 s's, 2 e's.

21. I am home to a speedway.

My state was named after Sir Thomas West, Lord de la Warr.

22. Herbert Hoover was born in my state.

I am south of Minneapolis.

23. I am a compound word.

The season after winter + something to plow.

24. English explorer Captain James Cook discovered my state in 1778.

I became capital when King Kamehameha III moved from Maui.

25. I am at the junction of the Mississippi and Minnesota rivers.

Minneapolis is my neighbor.


1. Richmond, Va.

2. Augusta, Maine

3. Atlanta, Ga.

4. Charleston, W.Va.

5. Denver, Colo.

6. Montgomery, Ala.

7. Sacramento, Calif.

8. Madison, Wis.

9. Concord, N.H.

10. Carson City, Nev.

11. Bismarck, N.D.

12. Trenton, N.J.

13. Annapolis, Md.

14. Topeka, Kan.

15. Baton Rouge, La.

16. Juneau, Alaska

17. Little Rock, Ark.

18. Hartford, Conn.

19. Phoenix, Ariz.

20. Tallahassee, Fla.

21. Dover, Del.

22. Des Moines, Iowa

23. Springfield, Ill.

24. Honolulu, Hawaii

25. St. Paul, Minn.

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

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