Draw the USA
Most adults can probably do a rough sketch of Texas, Florida, and California. But unless you or a loved one lives in Iowa or West Virginia, you may be at a loss if asked to sketch those states. Draw the USA will give your child an opportunity you probably didn’t have while significantly increasing his knowledge of the United States.
Learn in Small, Incremental Steps
With small, incremental steps your student will work through the entire USA, drawing each state as it connects to its neighbors until he can draw it all from memory. Students will especially appreciate the author’s brief comments such as “Appropriately, Louisiana (LA) is shaped like a thick L,” which give them a hook to hang their memory on. Draw the USA is a fun, easy way for your child to learn the states so that he can connect them to weather, history, and current events. Non-consumable.
My 11 year old rolled his eyes when I introduced this to him. He finally agreed to do one page. He ended up sitting quietly at the table and did the entire book at once!! He LOVED it!!
I used this curriculum a few years ago with my daughter and now ordered it again for my son (it used to be consumable). I really like the changes in it. It is way less tedious than when we used it the first time. It does take more planning from me because the lessons are not divided into days or weeks. We are taking a spiral approach so that he goes back to practice what he knows, then builds on that. We are also adding in the capitals and spelling of the states, as these are not included in what's covered in the book.
Our 10 year old loved that this curriculum is heavy in art and stem keeping is ever wandering attention. I appreciate the step by step, state by state breakdown of a finished sketch/map of the USA.
As travelers are haven't been able to travel during this pandemic, this is a creative way to travel through your imagination, visiting times and places in US history. For us it gives us an idea of where we want to travel next to actually see the places we have applied learning with. Art is a perfect way to get into the deeper academic learning form.
Such a fun way to learn US geography. This beats out sitting down and memorizing a map any day. I am super excited that this book was a part of the fifth grade curriculum kit.