Teaching Geography With Children’s Literature: The United States of America: A State-By-State Guide


The United States of America: A State-By-State Guide, writen and illustrated by Millie Miller and Cyndi Nelson, is a richly-detailed guide to our fifty states.  Beautiful illustrations and intriguing facts about key points of interest make for an engaging read.  Whether you’re researching a school report or playing trivia games, this book offers tons of interesting facts about the history, geography, archaeology, and other marvels of each state.  Meticulously drawn and labeled maps are an added bonus.  The last two pages are devoted to beautifully-rendered drawings of each of the state flags. 

Curriculum Connections
This book would be a wonderful resource to use for writing reports or drawing maps of the fifty states.  Teachers could use it to formulate assessments to gauge students’ knowledge on a particular state or states.  It would be an awesome addition to any elementary classroom library.  In the state of Virginia, this correlates to SOL 3.6 – developing map skills; VS.2 – locating Virginia and its bordering states on a U. S. Map; and US 1.1 – analyzing and interpreting maps.

Additional Resources
   *  Check out this literature-based elementary geography lesson.
   *  Click here to embark on a mysterious treasure hunt.  
   *  Check out this interactive U. S. map to learn fun state facts. 
   *  Print out a blank map of the fifty states for assessment purposes here.   

Book: The United States of America: A State-By-State Guide
Authors: Millie Miller and Cyndi Nelson
Illustrators: Millie Miller and Cyndi Nelson
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 64
Grade Range: 3-5
ISBN: 978-0439827652