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P.E. Central Lesson Plan: State Geography
Prerequisites:
The students need to know where the states of the United States are located in relation toeach other. Example: South Carolina is below North Carolina.
Purpose of Activity:
This activity reinforces the students' knowledge of the locations of the states.
Suggested Grade Level:
3-5
Materials Needed:
Strips of paper with the names of the states printed on them and an overhead with anoutline of the United States for students to check with as needed during the activity; Physical activity: Locomotor skills
Lesson Plan:
Description of Idea

Have the students start at the
edge of the playing area. Each one draws a slip of paper with the name of a
state. (For a small number of students, focus on the regions of the
states.) When the teacher says, "Go" the students jump, skip, or
crawl to the area where their state should be. To figure out who
they should stand by, the students ask the other students which
states they represent until every state is in the correct
spot.

Variations:

Instead of telling
the names of their states, the students can give hints such as:

The state bird is...

The state capital is...

This event or this landmark is here.

If the activity appears too difficult for the
students then let each student start with an outline of the USA to
assist in the activity.
Author:
Amy Brown who teaches at Clemson University in Clemson , SC . Posted on PEC: 7/20/2001.
This lesson plan was provided courtesy of P.E. Central (www.pecentral.org).
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