The Draw and Explore Geography series is a great way to combine art and geography. A short description of each state is given that includes when the state became a state, its major cities and regions, and additional information such as mountains and other key features. Each is followed by an image of the state showing the cities and regions on a grid. Next, students can do one or both of the assignments that follow. They can draw half the state on a grid that shows half the picture, or they can draw the entire state on an empty grid. Multiple review activities as well as an answer key are also included.
Volumes 1-5 cover the 50 states in the nation. Volume 6 is a bonus free book that explores the five U.S. territories of Guam, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Northern Mariana Islands as well as Washington, D.C. These maps include major cities or areas and other key information. Ages 8-13. See a preview of each title at the links below.
Would you like to learn more state history and geography? Check out Exploring the United States. These volumes match the states covered in Draw & Explore Geography (though there is not a Volume 6 for these series yet). You can choose from a series of coloring books (print or cursive for elementary), activity/puzzle books with map work (elementary-middle school), or more advanced books with timelines, critical thinking, and map work (high school).
Draw and Explore Geography: United States, Volume 1: This unit includes Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Georgia, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, South Carolina, New Hampshire, and Virginia. 39 pages total.
Draw and Explore Geography: United States, Volume 2: This unit includes New York, North Carolina, Rhode Island, Vermont, Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio, Louisiana, Indiana, and Mississippi. 39 pages total.
Draw and Explore Geography: United States, Volume 3: This unit includes Illinois, Alabama, Maine, Missouri, Arkansas, Michigan, Florida, Texas, Iowa, and Wisconsin. 39 pages total.
Draw and Explore Geography: United States, Volume 4: This unit includes California, Minnesota, Oregon, Kansas, West Virginia, Nevada, Nebraska, Colorado, North Dakota, and South Dakota. 39 pages total.
Draw and Explore Geography: United States, Volume 5: This unit includes Montana, Washington, Idaho, Wyoming, Utah, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arizona, Alaska, and Hawaii. 39 pages total.
Draw and Explore Geography: United States, Volume 6: This unit includes Guam, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, U.S. Virgin Islands, Northern Mariana Islands, and Washington, D.C. 26 pages total.