Wanting to tie our current lessons in fall foliage, and trees, into our geography lesson, I printed a US Forestry page of state trees (you can find a copy, here), for the children (ages 11 and 13), to cut up, and match to a United States map.
We used this map, from Coloring Castle, where there is also one with the state names printed on it. I chose the blank map though, so they'd have to label it themselves.
They cut it out, and glued it to a piece of thin cardboard.
They also cut out the individual pictures of the trees, which are labeled with the tree names, and the states they go with.
Then, they glued those around the outside of the map, and drew lines to the matching states.
I don't really expect them to memorize all the state trees, other than our own, but this gave them a chance to go through them, and review the geography of the states at the same time. And, we learned a few fun facts, like the state tree of Texas is the pecan tree - which the children can relate to, because they've eaten pecans, sent from their auntie's tree in Texas.
Don't forget to check out this week's Geography/History link-up at Children Grow, Children Explore, Children Learn, for more geographical fun.
It's great to be a homeschooler.