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What do you feel is important that each child should learn about US Geography?
I have put together my own geography project/report that the kids together decide on a state to research, go to the library and books on that state, and then I have questions about each state that they complete. I just want to make sure that I have everything covered on that should be thinking about for each state.
Location of the state, capital and perhaps a couple other major cities (particularly if they're in your area of the country), major rivers or landmarks, etc. I want my kids to know things they'll actually need to know as adults when they travel, watch the news, or watch the weather. If they want to learn something like the official flower for each state, that's fine, but I don't think it's important.
Chrystal covered most of what I would suggest, but I would like to add areas of significant elevation changes, like mountains, hills, valleys, and canyons. I'm a geography nerd and studied maps for fun as a kid.
I have those things all covered but I didn't put in for valleys or canyons. I do have elevation points though. I think it is a good research program for them to work through then we will cover world geography the same way. I have where they even look up fun little things like if the state is known forfmous foods lol. But with what I have so far it is 5 pages of things and then the 6th page they draw the state bird, tree, and flower. They have maps they label as well. I think it is pretty good though.
We study all aspects of Geography, not just US though. We usually combine Geography and History together since they kinda go hand in hand. When they're younger I keep it simple and start with primarily US stuff, as they get older I introduce more facts, new facts, complex map skills, etc...
I think it's just as important as every other subject. You just never know when you'll need that knowledge, so I try really hard not to discount anything. What may seem obscure today may come in handy tomorrow. That was my parents' philosophy growing up, and it's become mine as well.