12 May 2017

Spelling the States

There are 50 states in the US and we're working on where they all are and how to spell them.  Rather than stand around all day reading the names of the states for our spelling tests, I just use a map and write in the US Postal abbreviation for each state, note how many states are on the test, and away the children go writing down their answers.

We're doing the US in sections (Northeast, Midwest and so on) so that it isn't too overwhelming.  Just for fun, check out what happens when you give Aussies a blank map of the US and ask 'em to fill in the states.  Mine is Missouri, midway up the "no one important lives here" label on that first map.


  1. I know the names of several USA states, but don't have much clue as to where they are; Florida on the east coast, California on the west coast, Virginia, Maine and Jersey are in the east, Alabama is south, Alberta is in Canada just north of Montana, Illinois is in the middle up by the border, texas is down by the Mexican border, Oregon is out west but not on the coast. Mostly I know these because I have blog friends and like to look up where they are in my atlas.

    1. Yes, I wouldn't expect you to know all the states. You'd be surprised (or maybe you wouldn't!) by how many Americans don't know all theirs!


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