The United States of America LESSON 1.1
Welcome to your first day of United States Geography.
in this course, you’ll learn about all fifty states! Fifty states?
That's right! If you didn’t already know that, then consider this the
first thing you learned.
But there's so much more that you'll learn in this class. Here are
a few:
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You'll learn what each state LOOKS like
You’ll learn how to find each state on the map
You’ll learn which states border one another
You'll learn about important people and places
And you’ll learn about interesting events that you
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BUT WHY IS THIS COURSE IMPORTANT?
Well, knowing more about your country can benefit you in many ways.
First, you may want to move to another area of the country when you
get older. Wouldn’t it be helpful to know the wide variety of options
that are out there? Second, one day, you may be sitting with your
family to plan your next vacation. If you knew of a neat place to go,
wouldn‘t you want to tell them about it? And third, a good
be taking in the future. With that in mind, it doesn‘t hurt to get a good
._ SOME THINGS THAT YOU WILL NEED.
In this course, you will need the following:
* This manual which contains all your lessons.
* The book entitled “The Star-Spangled State Book."
* Pencils (and some crayons, if you have them).
The following are optional:
* A map of the United States
* A globe
The United States of America LESSON 1.1
THE GAME PLAN
This class is a four-day-a-week class. That means you get a day off each week! (But don’t get
too excited. I'm sure your teacher has something else for you to do.)
Each day of class, you will need to complete a lesson from this workbook. The lessons are
numbered at the top corner of each page, so it shouldn't be difficult to keep track of yourself.
Look at the top corner of this page, Do you see LESSQN 1.1? Well, the first number stands for
this course‘s week number, and the second number stands for this week’s d_ay number. Therefore,
because today is the ﬁrst week of your class (and it’s also the first day of the week), you are doing
Lesson 1.1. Tomorrow (the second day of your first week) is labeled Lesson 1.2.
Got it? Good!
Now, let’s talk about the lessons. In a nutshell, there are three types of lessons. You have lessons
where you will learn about the states; others where you'll takes quizzes; and some where you’ll take
tests. State lessons are the most common. Quizzes and tests usually come at the end of the week.
OK, LET’S BEGIN!
Now that you have a brief outline of this course, let’s complete LESSON 1.1.
You live in the United States of America. OK, so it’s a long name, but sometimes you'll see other
words to describe this country. Shorter words and phrases like:
* The United States
* The U.S.A.
* The US.
* and America
Can you think of any other nicknames for your country? If you can, write them on these lines.
Now, as we said before, the United States is divided into fifty areas that we call states. Forty-eight
of these states are clustered together like pieces of a puzzle. But two states aren’t. They are
located in other places in the world.
Do you know the names of these two states? If you do, write their names here:
GO TO THE NEXT PAGE.
THIS LESSON IS NOT FINISHED YET.
LESSON 1.1
The two states that are located in other parts of the world are Alaska and Hawaii! They are
shown on this small map of the world.
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The Other 48 States
Do you see them? Good.
And now that you have this map of the world in front of you, take a look at it and try to remember
which parts make up the United States ofAmeriea. Trust me, you‘ll be asked to ﬁnd the United
ACTIVITY: Do you have a globe handy? If you do, take a look at it and see if you can
ﬁnd Alaska, Hawaii, and the other 48 states.
Did you notice that Hawaii is made up of a cluster of small islands? That’s right, there are
many islands which help to form Hawaii. Did you notice anything else? Is Alaska way up
near the North Pole? It certainly is! And the other 48 states? Are they all connected to one
another? Yes, they are! And the lines that seperate them from one another are called
BORDERS.
TURN THE PAGE. THERE IS MORE TO LEARN.
THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA LESSON 1_1
A NEW MAP. Here is another map ot‘the United States. Take a look at it. Do you see any differences
between the United States on this map and and the United States on the world map? Well, this map has
borders to show you all the states. But there is more. The little guy standing at the bottom of the page will tell
Alaska and Hawaii (the islands) look out of place, don’t they? Well, many
US. maps look similar to this one. Do you know why they’ve been
moved? Because Alaska and Hawaii are so far away from the other 48
states, someone came up with the cool idea to move them closer together
and save space!
But that's not all they did. In order to save even more space, Alaska was
shrunk and now appears smaller than California! Don’t believe me? Well,
take a look at a globe sometime and you‘ll see.
Oh, one more thing. Hawaii has been slightly enlarged so you wouldn’t
mistake it for some stray pencil marks.
Now that you have an overview of our country, take a rest. Your ﬁrst lesson is over!
See the stop sign? You will ﬁnd one at the end of each lesson.
The State Pages LESSON 1.2
At the beginning of each day, turn to the correct lesson page in your Star-Spangled WORKBOOK. If the
day's lesson is a quiz or test, then simply take the quiz or test; however, ifthe lesson is about a speciﬁc state, then
you‘ll need to open your Star-Spangled STATE Book to the page of the state that‘s been identiﬁed. (For example,
ifyou look at the next page, you'll notice that your ﬁrst lesson is about Alabama. When you are ready to complete
this lesson, you will need to turn to the Alabama page in your Star-Spangled STATE Book.)
Next, after ﬁnding the Alabama page in The Star-Spangled STATE Book, you'll need to read about the state. But
be careful. It“ you don’t understand the layout of the page, the information that you read may be confusing.
Let’s take a look at a sample page from the Star-Spangled STATE Book. It‘s a copy ot‘the Alabama page. Do
you notice the black arrows and labels? These have been placed here to help you gain a better understanding of
what you are studying. Do you see the state ﬂag? Do you see the name of the state capital? Can you see
Alabama’s three largest cities? Birmingham is the largest; Montgomery is the next largest; and Mobile is the
third largest city in the state.
State Name State Picture
State Flag
Page Number
Capital City
CAPITAL: Montgomery
Date 0i Statehood STATEHOOD! December 14. 1819 L I -
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Populatront'Land RANK 22nd RANK earn 22
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cities _ ~ to a white man. She was Imprisoned Munmomery at me time
{in Order) and later released. However. her act Number
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lranipopalrpn sitftem‘phlczihaainTd Mays. and Joe Lewis ware born
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ageineﬂ injustice began. No doubt.
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to the efforts of Rosa Parks. grammars.
TRIUMPH. Blind and deaf from the age of nineteen mo - .
Keller became a renowned author and lecturer. teaming to . ., - Two Stones
and speak in several languages, she not only was considered Amen __
"First Lady of Courage.“ she bewme an Inspiration to the was. N3 = rn ;
honored Heien Keller for her ability to overcome obstacles by taaturing
her norl rail on the backside of the state's quarter.
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The State Pages LESSON 1.2
NOTE: At the bottom of the Alabama page is a section entitled “GEOQUIZ.” This section is actually a game
that can be played, but you won‘t be taught how to play it until later. So, for now, you need to ignore this section
and understand that it contains information that has nothing to do with your state lessons.
GEOQUIZ
TRIVIA
The Battle of Yorktown
was lought in
this state
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REMEMBER: Ignore the GEOQUIZ section! Just study the information shown ABOVE it.
COMPLETING A LESSON. After you have ﬁnished learning about the day's state, you will need to come
back to this WORKBOOK and complete your lesson. The lesson page for the state will have 21 Front and back
side. A sample is shown below.
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To complete a lesson, both sides of the page need to be filled out. Fortunately, these lessons may be completed
with the aid of your Star-Spangled STATE Book. In other words. ifyou don’t know the answer, you can look
it up! Now that‘s not too difﬁcult, is it? However, it'you’re taking a quiz or a test, you may no; use any
Remember: STATE PAGE I OPEN YOUR BOOK QUIZ or TEST 2% OPEN YOUR BOOK
OK, I think you’re ready. Now turn the page to Alabama and begin. Remember, in order to complete this
lesson, you will need to go the the Alabama page in The Star-Spangled STATE Book. Go over there, study.
and then come back and complete your lesson. Good luck!
LESSON 1.2
This lesson is about Alabama. Find the Alabama page in your Star-Spangled STATE Book and study it.
Then, come back here and complete this lesson. Fill in all the blanks; complete all the tasks; and
answer all the questions. In future state lessons, you will need to repeat these steps.
NAME:
AMBAMA
CAPITAL: Montgomery
STATEHOOD: December 14, 1819
22 FACTS
" 1861. Montgomery served as the
first capital of the 32 .
Population; 4,631,000 Area: 50,750 square-miles
RANK: 22nd RANK: 28th
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MONTGOMERY. In 1955, Rosa
Parks refused to give up her bus seat
to a white man. She was imprisoned
and later released. However, her act
led to a boycott of Montgomery‘s
transportation system which gained
much attention throughout the nation.
Later, the Supreme Court declared
many of the state's segregation laws
unconstitutional and other stands
against injustice began. No doubt,
the civil rights movement owes a lot
to the efforts of Rosa 2! .
ATRIUMPHfBlind and deaf from the age of nineteen months, Helen Adams -
Keller became a renowned author and lecturer. Learning to read, write.
and speak in several languages, she not only was considered America's
“First Lady of Courage," she became an inspiration to the world. Alabama ,_ honored Helen Keller for her ability to overcome obstacles by featuring
her portrait on the backside of the state’s 42 '
* In 1902, Dr. Luther Hill performed
the first open heart surgery in the
Western Hemisphere. He was in
Montgomery at the time.
* Sports greats Henry Aaron, Willie
Mays, and Joe Lewis were born
in Alabama.
* The ﬁrst rocket to put a man on
the moon was made in Alabama.
* People from Alabama are called
Alabamians.
5) Find Alabama on this map and
6) What is the abbreviation for
Alabama?
7) (Yes or No) Was Alabama the
24th state to enter the Union?
ALABAMA LESSON 1.2
II. What do you remember about Alabama? Use the space below.
Example: Rosa Parks was from Alabama.
Ill. Write the definitions to these words in the spaces provided.
Boycott --
Obstacle --
IV- Draw a picture of Alabam- v. Connect the word to its correct
picture.
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VI. Find Alabama on this map. VII. Unscramble these words.
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NAME:
CAPITAL: 1)
STATEHOOD: January 3, 1959
49 FACTS
* In 3) , the US. purchased
wasjust over 7 million dollars, or
about 2 cents per acre. What
a deal!
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The Great Race. The Alaskan lditarod is a dogsled race
that covers over 1,150 miles. As participants make their
way from Anchorage to
Nome, they must cross
frozen rivers, barren
mountain ranges. dense forests, desolate tundras, and windy coastlines.
It‘s no wonder that, after
facing sub-zero temperatures
and blinding winds for days at
a time, some consider it a victory
tojust reach the finish line.
* Gold was discovered in Alaska by
Joe Juneau in 1880. The state's
capital is named in his honor.
* Alaska is called the Last Frontier
State.
* By far, Alaska has more land than
any other state.
* Alaska‘s Mount McKinley is the
4} mountain in the US.
What time is it? Because of the natural wobble of the earth, the sun
doesn“: set in Barrow (America‘s northernmost city) between May 10th
and August 2nd of each year! That’s right, twenty-four hours of sunlight
for more than 80 straight days. Then, come November, the sun doesn't
rise above the horizon for sixty straight days on this city of nearly 5,000
people.
6. (Yes or No) The abbreviation for Alaska is
AK?
7. In what year did Alaska become a state?
lll. Write the definitions to these words in the spaces provided.
Tundra --
Frontier --
IV. Draw a picture of Alaska. V. Connect each word to its picture.
ALABAMA
VI. Find Alaska 0" this maP- . Unscramble these words.
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Date:
ARIZONA
CAPITAL: 1)
STATEHOOD: February 14, 1912
Population: 5,230,000 Area: 113,642 square miles
RANK: 20th
48 FACTS
* Arizona is known as the Grand
32 State.
* It‘s hard to believe, but the original
London bridge is in Arizona! It
was brought to the state from
England and rebuilt, stone by stone.
ONE OF SEVEN. The Grand
Canyon is considered one
of the seven natural wonders
of the world. Stretching for
over 27? miles, Arizona‘s
magnificent ditch has an
average width of 10 miles
and an average depth of
one mile. 80, if you plan
to visit the desert state, be
careful of that first step!
* Arizona produces more copper
than any other state.
* The tallest fountain in the world is
believed to be located in Fountain
Hills, Arizona.
Note: In 1915, only 106,000 visitors saw the canyon.
Today. more than four 2) people visit each year.
* At least five flags have ﬂown over
the land that is now Arizona.
A TOMBSTONE. On October 26th, 1881T8heriff Wyatt Earp and his brothers,
Morgan and Virgil, met their friend, Doc Holliday, on their way to the OK
Corral. Here they confronted the Clanton and McLaury gang that had
earlier threatened to kill the Earps. In the historic moments to follow, ,. ., gunfire was exchanged and three men lay dead: Billy Clanton, f in. -
Tom McLaury. and Frank McLaury. The ﬁght lasted about 30 seconds. "' Him—J
4. Find Arizona on this map and shade it in.
5. What is Arizona's population?
6. What is Arizona‘s abbreviation?
7. (True or False) Arizona was the 48th state
to be admitted to the Union.
ARIZONA LESSON 1.4
II. What do you remember about Arizona? Use the space below.
Ill. Write the definitions to these words in the spaces provided.
Grand --
Natural --
IV. Draw a picture of Arizona. V. Connect each word to its picture.
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VI. Find Arizona on this map. Vll. Unscramble these words.
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LESSON 1.4
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