Friday, December 16, 2011

Making a States Book

My son has a fascination with the state quarters. So when I saw The Paper Pony’s blog post about creating rubbings of the quarters, the idea stuck with me.

After finding the amazing printable state bird and state flower cards offered for free download on Step Into 2nd Grade with Mrs. Lemons, a full-blown activity was born.

I printed and cut apart the state bird cards, mixing them all together. Then I made a States Book for my son, dividing up the states into four geographic regions: Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, and West. I listed all the states on the book’s cover in alphabetical order and printed a map of the United States with the states labeled. (Click on the links in this paragraph to download the cover and pages of the States Book I made.)

I punched holes in the pages, as well as a small manila envelope that holds the unused bird cards. The book and envelope are held together with brads.

When my son got home from school, I handed him the States Book, Loreen Leedy’s book Celebrate the 50 States!, colored pencils, a glue stick, and his piggy bank.

First we found some state quarters in his bank. Then we located those states in Leedy’s book, which told us the state birds for each. He found the bird card, glued it in his book, and made a rubbing of the state quarter.

The rubbings require light pressure and newly sharpened pencils. Practice first!

A line was drawn through the states he completed on the book’s cover and the next day, he was back at it hunting for more quarters so he could keep working on his book!


  1. This looks like a fun treasure hunt! I'd love it if you would link it up to my History/Geography Meme.

  2. That's a fun idea. It really amuses me the different things states have for their symbols. The number of states that have milk for their state drink and honey bee for their state insect is amazing.

  3. Tracing quarters is such a great idea!

  4. ~Love it!! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Love your state book - thanks for the free printable! I am going to check out your book recommendation too! Thanks for linking up to TGIF! Merry Christmas,
    Beth =-)

  6. My first graders is soooo into learning the State's right now so this would be perfect for him. Thanks so much for the printable!

  7. This is such a great way to learn geography. Can't wait to try it with my little one.

  8. This is exactly what I've been searching for...I LOVE this! Thanks for sharing the printables too.

  9. Hi, I cant seem to open the regions to print

    1. The documents are on Google Drive. Try logging in to a Google account before clicking the link. If you're still having trouble, send me an email (address on the About page).