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    States and Capitals
    By RM

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    To teach states and capitals, I break it down into the 5 regions. Each week we have a region study. They do different activities that research the climate, landforms, population, culutural groups, and interesting places from that region. They are also responsible for learning the states and capitals from that region. After the first region, they become pretty independent on the activities and work on it while I work with guided reading groups, guided writing groups, or focus groups.
    Each week we have a quiz on the states and capitals from that region, and then I introduce the new region.

    We do that for 5 weeks, then we look at how the regions work together and talk about the interdependence of the states/regions. We do alot of Venn Diagrams, Compare and Contrast charts, etc. of the regions.

    At the end of that week, they have a states and capitals final test. If they get all 50 states and capitals labeled correctly they get an extra recess. We only have recess for about 7-10 minutes a day, so this is a BIG deal for them.

    Hope this helps!

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