Explore America with a Notebook Project
The Fifty States of America is a popular notebooking topic. It can be the basis of a unit study, or it can be a supplement to your American history curriculum. When you're finished, you have a wonderful, homemade reference book, filled with facts and memorabilia about the states of America. Here you will find free printables, books, ideas for what to put in the notebook, and supplementary activities.
What to Put on Your State Notebooking Page
Your notebook will be at least 50 pages -- one for each state. But what exactly will you put on that page? Look at the list below for ideas.
You may want to have two, three, or even more pages per state after you see all the great, free resources on the Internet.
For more ideas on planning your 50 states study, see this State Unit page.
If you're planning for an independent learner (middle or high school), Accelerated Christian Education's PDF state study may be the perfect guide for him to create a state notebook on his own.
- State Map -- Consider if you want a simple outline map, a physical map detailing the geography of the state, or a political map labeling the major cities.
- State Motto
- State History Overview -- Do you want a simple list of events? Should you include the date of statehood?
- State Tree, Bird, Rock, Fish, Flower, and more-- Do you want just the name or also a picture?
- Famous People from the State
- Important Places and Tourist Attractions
- State Flag
- Origin of the State's Name -- many have very interesting stories behind them. Check an almanac for the stories.
- State Nickname(s) and significance
- Native American peoples living in the state
Online Examples & Products - For a 50 States Notebook
Visit these links to see what a 50 States Notebook can look like or to buy some notebooking pages.
- RETAIL --50 States Notebooking Pages Set
This retail set is beautiful. Visit this page for samples and you'll see for yourself! Although it's priced at a bit under $20, you may find the price well worth the effort of creating your own or hunting resources online.
- EXAMPLE --Marine Corp Nomads -- Our United States Lapbook
This family used a lapbook format for their 50 states study. Beautiful!
- EXAMPLE & RETAIL -- Notebooking Nook's State Pages
Here is a set of photos that show off Notebooking Nook's State sets. These are sold at CurrClick by individual states and in a complete 50 states set.
- RETAIL -- Journey Through Learning Notebooking Across America
This set of pages includes landscape orientation pages with color graphics. The simpler format may be more suitable for younger learners.
Online Reference - For the Fifty American States
Your state study can be done completely with online resources! Try these sites for a wealth of information.
- 50 States.com
From the main menu list of the states, you can reach a massive list of other links particular to each state. There is enough information here to create multiple notebooking pages on each state.
- Our 50 Great States Email Newsletter
Our 50 Great States is an email course. Sign up for the program and learn about all 50 states in the order they were admitted to the Union. At the end of 25 weeks (2 states per week), you'll have a United States Notebook filled with information about
Free State Notebooking Templates
Choose a layout for your state notebook. There are many free options. Or get inspiration from these and create a customized layout on your own.
- My Own State Notebooking Page Template
Pictured to the right, this is the two page template I designed for my daughter. It is hosted at my page at Homeschool Launch
- State Notebooking Page
This blank template from Notebooking Nook is hosted at Mediafire. Another option is to download it from HSLaunch.
- State Notebooking Pages
Another layout for state notebooking pages, offered free by a homeschool mom.
- Megan's 50 States Notebooking Pages
Look for her PDF titled General U.S. 50 States notebooking pages (2). It's a very nicely done two page spread!
- The United States of America Travel Guide
One page for each state, complete with the name of the state, and a nice layout for notetaking.
- US States Study Sheets
A very attractive layout with lots of areas for details about each state.
- Two Page State Layout
This two page layout provides room for a motto, the flag, capitol, abbreviation, nickname, quarter, seal, bird, flower, and interesting facts. Highlight the state on the US map at the bottom of the first page.
More Free Printables
This is what you want -- the free stuff!
- Crayola's State Pages
These coloring pages are very well designed. Each one has the state flag, the name of the state, the state bird, and one other distinguishing symbol. Crayola also offers a flashcard template with each state's outline and some facts.
- State Reports
This site gives most of the state information in the form of attractive printables. Each one is offered in PDF format or HTML format. I especially like the state stamp images which come from the USPS Greetings from America postcard and stamp series.
- 50 State Quarters Program
The US Mint offers these free educational lessons, including reproducibles! What a great addition to a state notebook! If you want one download that has images of all 50 coins, use this PDF link.
- Notebooking Pages Freebies
Free outline maps for each state, a list of states and abbreviations, and an entire set of US Geography pages which go along with the popular audio recording Geography Songs.
- List of 50 States in Chronological Order
Here is a chart with the 50 States in order of when they entered the Union. The date is included. We used this as the title page of our 50 States Notebook.
- Homeschool Share US Geography Resources
Homeschool Share is a fabulous site for notebookers or lapbookers! This page has printable templates for State Symbols Tab Books, and Where is....? Shutterfold Books. You can also find State Flower and Bird Coloring Pages.
- School Express
Although this site is not very attractive with its overabundance of ads, there may be something worth printing here. Each state has a cover sheet (outline map), fact sheets, a wordsearch puzzle, a comprehension question worksheet, etc.
- State Flags
Click on the LARGE link to the right of each state. That will result in a simple, black and white outline of the state flag.
- Friends Across America
A coloring page for each state's bird and flower as well as other American symbols and places.
- Worksheet Works
This worksheet generator site is in its beta stage. I suspect that later this will be a for cost site. But it's free right now! Look for states and capitals pages, state maps, and regions of USA.
- State Stickers
Print these full color pages onto adhesive paper for DIY stickers! These are very attractive circular stickers with the outline of the state and its year of statehood.
- Fact File -- Patriotic Symbols
This attractive PDF has simple line drawings and easy to read explanations for several American symbols -- Uncle Sam, the Great Seal, and more. This would make a great notebooking page for your 50 States Notebook.
- State Automobile License Plates
This website features color images of each state's standard license plate. These would make an interesting addition to a state notebook page!
- Homeschool Helper's Free State Lapbook Templates
These free printable minibooks can be used to make a state lapbook. Or add some of the minibook options to your notebook by affixing them to the notebook pages. Want to see a preview of these minibooks? Visit this Picasa Web Album. Homeschool Helper
- The 50 States - Elementary Worksheets
Outline map graphics plus handwriting practice.
- State Lessons, Facts, and Photo Tours
Right now not all 50 states are covered. But the website says more will be added. However, scroll to the bottom of the page for some free printables: * List of US States and Capitals * State Nicknames - Flash Cards * State Flowers - Flash Cards * Sta
- State by State American Flag Lapbook
Make a stars and stripes lapbook with these minibook templates. A freebie from Trying to Walk Wisely.
American States Notebook
During my daughter's third through fifth grades, she studied American history with Winter Promise curriculum. During that time, as each state entered the Union, she made a notebooking page. Here are some photo examples of that notebook that ended up being about four inches thick!
Here are the Ohio pages as representative of what is in the notebook.
The Ohio page, front and back.
Additional Ohio pages with postcards.
Smart About the Fifty States
For a list of each state's official representative bird, see the bird page at 50 States.com.
The Little Man in the Map
This video will show you the concept behind the book. It looks totally clever and will work wonderfully for your visual learners!
Living Books - for each state
- 50 States Book List
This is a great list of living books to go with each state. According to the website, "books were selected based on story setting or author's home (past or present)."
- State by State Booklist
Another book list, this one offered by the National Education Association.
Projects and Online Games
- Projects for the 50 States
Ideas for projects to learn about America -- hands-on, mail projects, and traveling projects.
- Ben's Guide
Benjamin Franklin is a cartoon guide on this interactive games page. Play Place the State, a map game or color some American symbols.
- Sheppard Software
Enjoy these online geography games while you review the placement of the 50 states.
- Explore the States
More information than games, but this would be a great site for an upper elementary child to do some online research about each state.
- 50 States Puzzle
From Jigga-Jigga.com. Drag states where they belong with your mouse.
- (RETAIL) USA Coloring Map
This 40" x 28" map kit includes an activity book and markers. Color the map and learn facts about each state.
- States & Capitals Mnemonics
Click on a state and see a drawing and explanation of a silly mnemonic for remembering the capital city of that state.
- United States History Map
Tying map skills with American history, this very well done interactive designed for grades 5-8 also has a quiz for identifying the 50 states.
Scrambled States Game
Hands on State Projects and Games
- Salt Dough Maps
Choose a state or two and make a salt dough map. Creating the landforms with his own hands really helps to cement the geography into your child's mind. We made one of Alabama. This link will show you how we did it.
- States and Capitals Memory Card Game
This is a free printable matching game to help you learn the states' capitals.
- Bingo Game
Free printable 50 States bingo cards from Relentlessly Fun, Deceptively Educational blog.
Jen on July 31, 2016:
It looks like your links under the Free Notebook Template pages including your own do not work or contain viruses:(
morthnamum on March 08, 2016:
If you are going to keep this webpage up, please update the links. Most of them go to no where. Very frustrating.
anonymous on August 15, 2013:
Thanks so much for all the great info!! Very helpful!
anonymous on March 08, 2013:
This was a HUGE help! Thank you so much!!
Teddi14 LM on March 06, 2013:
What a great resource you have put together!!! I am a 5th grade teacher and we are working on a project with States. This lens is perfect!
anonymous on September 25, 2012:
Where can I find the post cards graphics of each state that you share in the website
anonymous on September 23, 2012:
@anonymous: That's the page she said she made for her daughter. The link to her page is with "My Own State Notebooking Page Template" under the heading: Free State Notebooking Templates (listed just below the pink-outlined map of Alabama).
anonymous on September 11, 2012:
Have you found a resource for stickers of the states, symbols, birds, or landmarks? We want to vamp up our fifty nifty notebook. (O:
anonymous on August 18, 2012:
The pictures that you showed of "Ohio"..where the state bird, motto, PLUS where the state is in America...where did you get that particular template? Did you make that up or download it from somewhere? I would love to get a hold of that template for each state. Thanks!
anonymous on July 13, 2012:
Love this. I shared it on our Facebook group that's dedicated to swapping care packages and postcards from state to state. You can search for 50 States Project and request to join.
dahlia369 on July 02, 2012:
Nicely done and great resource! :)
legalmoviedownloads1 on May 16, 2012:
Nice lens for everyone who wants to learn something new about U.S., it's history and culture.
mommymillard on May 01, 2012:
Great lens! We need to do this next year and I so appreciate the ideas and inspiration! BTW-- The Learning by Living blog link is broken.
teristazko on March 30, 2012:
Amazing and informative lens. Job well done!!! I will share this with my daughter.
brynimagire on March 24, 2012:
It looks very helpful. Thank you very much! Nice lens !
jimmyworldstar on February 04, 2012:
This is a great idea for anyone who wants to memorize facts and knowledge about each state.
HOPEHomeSchoolConsulting on February 03, 2012:
Thanks for all the information! Great stuff.
kerryhrabstock on December 06, 2011:
Love this lens. The state stuff I learned about as a child stuck with me.
RobinDM on November 24, 2011:
Excellent lens! Thanks for the great information!
jenniferteacher1 on November 01, 2011:
I just ordered the super-duper giant bundle from Currcllick. Thanks for this-- my students hate social studies, so I'm trying to spruce it up in an educational way. State notebooks would be perfect!
Deb Kingsbury from Flagstaff, Arizona on August 11, 2011:
Wow, many teachers in the regular school system could stand to learn a LOT of creative teaching ideas from lenses like this -- from homeschoolers. Excellent! *Blessed*
pheonix76 from WNY on May 10, 2011:
I LOVE this lens. I was homeschooled and did something similar, but the book wasn't one I put together myself, it was purchased. I LOVED doing this! It was so fascinating to learn about all the different states and it fulfilled my endless urge to categorize everything. Wonderful resource!
anonymous on April 24, 2011:
Hi, Jimmie! SnowWhite from the WP forums here. We are going to Amer history for a second, more in-depth pass now and I am so thankful to have found this page! We will be making a state notebook now that Joshua is old enough to benefit. (He was a second grader when we did AS1.)
Philippians468 on April 14, 2011:
this is such a fun project for the family! thank you for sharing this! cheers
CruiseReady from East Central Florida on April 13, 2011:
What a great resource this is!
HomeschoolUSA on February 26, 2011:
Wonderful idea for learning about the 50 states! This lens is now featured on Homeschool USA: State Homeschool Tee Shirts and Gear.
pcgamehardware on February 18, 2011:
So much Information, great lens.
I think creating a 50 States book is a great idea.
Thanks for sharing such cool content...
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compugraphd on January 24, 2011:
I've always found the 50 states fascinating -- you've given me a source for new and interesting information about the states.
willbucks on January 20, 2011:
You have done a great job with this lens. I am creating webquests on the different regions of the U.S. and your links are awesome. Thank you.
JanieceTobey on January 15, 2011:
I came back today to bless this wonderful lens! I began an American States Unit soon after reading this page back in October! I'm featuring this lens on both my angel blessing lens, as well as a resource on my "Homeschooling: A Traditional Day" lens.
Dee Gallemore on December 12, 2010:
Magnificently done . . . a wonderful resource and . . . blesssworthy!
KimGiancaterino on November 14, 2010:
Excellent resource ... I'm featuring this on my State Flag Coloring Pages lens.
JanieceTobey on October 18, 2010:
This is an absolutely AWESOME site! Thank you so much for all the resources on the 50 US states!!
DecoratingEvents on September 24, 2010:
Such a fun project and a great way to learn about the good ole' USA!
dustytoes on September 15, 2010:
An excellent way to learn about our great country! I love the idea of requesting free information to add to the book, and the game looks like a perfect way to have fun while learning... wonderful lens!
Edit Photos from Earth on September 10, 2010:
Great lens and resource. Squidoo Angel Thumbs Up!
marsha32 on September 01, 2010:
excellent! We've been discussing doing a notebook as well. Then it was suggested that as I build it, to make a separate squidoo lens for each State as we complete each one. I can see that if we start this it will probably end up being an on going project until she is a Senior.
anonymous on August 29, 2010:
This is really neat!!
anonymous on August 16, 2010:
This is wonderful!! Thank you!!!
RobininColorado on August 01, 2010:
Suddenly I am inspired to finish our U.S.Geography Notebooks! Thanks Jimmie!
anonymous on July 16, 2010:
Thanks Jimmie for an awesome lens! We will be doing our state study in 4th-5th grades, and now I'm really excited to get started! My son will be in 3rd grade this year, so we still have a while before we start! :) We are doing Galloping the Globe (country studies) in 2nd-3rd grades, which he really loves. After looking up all of this great info, I know he will enjoy his state studies too! Thanks again!
anonymous on July 10, 2010:
Thank you so much for the wonderful links! I am looking forward to using them with our children this year. God bless you!
squid-janices7 on June 23, 2010:
What a great idea and thanks for the links to the free notebook templates. Visiting all 50 states is on my bucket list. I think I have about 13 left. Fantastic lens!
VarietyWriter2 on May 03, 2010:
Nicely done! Blessed by a SquidAngel :)
anonymous on December 19, 2009:
Not only is your Living Math lens spectacular but this one as well. Thank you for sharing this wealth of information with us here in the blogosphere!!! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
anonymous on November 04, 2009:
Just wanted to say thank you for putting everything I needed to help my kids do a states notebook into one page!! Amazing!
rubyandmahoney on September 10, 2009:
Wow! You have everything in one place. I didn't know there was so much state-related stuff out there. 5*
CoolFoto on September 09, 2009:
Congrats on being in Squidoo 100 list! This looks like a great homeschool project.
monarch13 on September 01, 2009:
Great resources and info! Rolled to "Proud American Symbols".
Evelyn Saenz from Royalton on August 17, 2009:
Welcome to the Back to School Group Lensography.
anonymous on August 10, 2009:
Very Good reviews lens. I love it Jimmie Cheer!!
Joan4 on July 09, 2009:
Congratulations on Squidoo Giant 100! Yippee!
KonaGirl from New York on June 19, 2009:
Jimmie, this is a fabulous lens! I love what you have done here. It is not only educational, but beautiful too. 5 stars for a job well done. I can tell that you are an excellent home school Mom!. Two of my daughters in Hawaii home school also and I believe it is the best way to go.
I lensrolled this lens to all of 6 of my Big Island of Hawaii lenses since it is part of the 50th state. I also joined your Fan Club and added you to my Faves.
Thank you for stopping by my Surviving On a Tight Budget lens. Unfortunately when you were there I had just started it and their wasn't much to see. I just added some more, but it is not done yet. Stop by again when you have the time.
anonymous on June 05, 2009:
Thank you for putting all of this together. We are planning to study the states next year and I couldn't find a curriculum that really did what I wanted. This is EXACTLY what I was looking for! You are amazing!
anonymous on May 16, 2009:
now i have a good idea on how yo do my social studies project.
anonymous on May 14, 2009:
Thanks for adding the pics of my kids finished state notebooks. Unfortunately, the link expires on those facebook pages, I guess. Here's a link to the finished notebooks on my blog.
Great job on all your squidoo pages, I LOVE them and refer to them frequently... such wonderful resources!!!
Thanks for all your hard work!
Carol Goss on May 12, 2009:
I love this lens, I want to make a 50 states notebook for me hehehe
anonymous on April 22, 2009:
what a great idea for a lens, were all so lucky to live here in the good ol' USA. nice job
anonymous on April 16, 2009:
Thank you for all of these links and resources!
anonymous on March 13, 2009:
Another fantastic teaching lens. What a cool idea!!!!!! Love it!
MarniR on February 19, 2009:
Great stuff! We are to make state notebooks for our curriculum- A New World of Adventure, and this information works perfectly. Thanks!
anonymous on January 28, 2009:
Thank you thank you thank you!!
Its snowing outside and I decided to waste time on the computer and start planning next years state study.
All the info you have provided in one place is invaluable!!
Thanks so much!!
Barb McCoy on January 22, 2009:
Wow, Jimmie, this is great! I wish my boys were younger and we could start all over again and complete a 50 states notebook. :)
We love the Scrambled States game at our house too.....
Barb-Harmony Art Mom
poutine on December 18, 2008:
marsha32 on December 08, 2008:
We've never tried making a lapbook, but Jasmine is a hands on learner and I think I wold have much better keeping her attention with something like this. (She also is ADHD)
anonymous on December 07, 2008:
Thanks! I found a lot!!!
Pastor Kay on December 06, 2008:
What a great resource to teachers and homeschoolers!
julieannbrady on November 24, 2008:
We sure could have used a 50 states notebook when I was growing up -- there were always a few states' capitols that stumped me. Great job!
Evelyn Saenz from Royalton on November 21, 2008:
Your lenses are always so inspiring. Thank you so much for sharing.
anonymous on November 16, 2008:
I was looking for resources to build a unit plan on the 50 states to teach my 10th grade ESOL students. This was the best resource, I found everything I needed plus great new ideas . Thank you.
Nancy Tate Hellams from Pendleton, SC on November 10, 2008:
My grandson is taking South Carolina History this year in the 3rd grade so I really appreciate these great links. This is a wonderful lens. Thank you.
TheSeedlings on November 05, 2008:
This is super! Thanks so much for all your hard work.
anonymous on November 01, 2008:
yes i could helpp[in reply to Beth]
anonymous on October 08, 2008:
I LOVE this site and all of the great resources! I keep looking for the state template that you mention, and I can't find it. Can you help?
anonymous on October 02, 2008:
WOW this is GREAT. I am also using AS1. How do you find time to do all of this? I am lucky if we get all of the reading done.
Stephen Carr from Corona, CA on September 28, 2008:
Nice lens! Good stuff, enjoyed the visit!
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seedplanter on August 21, 2008:
I hope you've sent this link to the homeschooling network online. It looks like an invaluable tool!
anonymous on July 25, 2008:
We will be beginning a states study in a few weeks. We will also be adding info about the new state quarters since most are finished, only waiting on Hawaii and Alaska now. I purchased the State Series Quarters Collector Map for each kid and I found some great websites to use with them. Here are some links if you are interested in adding these to your page...
I love all your lens! Keep it up!
jazzymomintx on July 16, 2008:
Great idea! I'll have to try this when my children are a bit older.
anonymous on July 16, 2008:
awesome lens!! I will be bookmarking it for future reference!! 5*****'s for you.
Amy aka Summitmom
Kiwisoutback from Massachusetts on July 07, 2008:
A great collection here, nice work! This would be a great presentation.
anonymous on July 04, 2008:
This is awesome Jimmie! :)
Evelyn Saenz from Royalton on March 26, 2008:
A Fairy Tale Wolf was checking out your lens and liked it so well that he is sending you a virtual cup of coffee to hang on your wall.
Tony Payne from Southampton, UK on February 15, 2008:
This is a really great idea for kids, teaches them not only to be artistic, but to learn about their country. There is so much to find out and learn about. It's sad how little kids know about geography and history these days.
Got to give you 5 ***** for the great content and artwork.
anonymous on January 24, 2008:
This looks like a great collection. I love some of the links you have included. Some I've seen before, but others are completely new to me. Now I have a lot to explore.
You might want to add http://www.homeschoolblogger.com/50states to your collection of resources. It has tons of info on each state. Fun facts, population, year admitted to the union, flags, flowers, brief histories, and more are included on that page.
Dover Publications (http://www.doverpublications.com) also has the following: "State Birds Stickers and Seals: 50 Full-Color Pressure-Sensitive Designs", "United States Coloring Book", and "State Birds and Flowers Coloring Book" ranging in price from about $3 to about $6.
I will definitely be saving this for our state study next year! Thanks so much for putting this together.
anonymous on January 23, 2008:
very nice! I saved it to my favorites. Lots of information.