Oh my! Here it is! Our long-awaited Tour of the U.S.A.: Lessons, Activities, Books & Free Printables. In this lesson, we read books about the U.S.A., used our set of printables cards (free to you) and learned so much about this country that we love. Be sure and take a look at what we did and feel free to grab the awesome free printable set, just in time for the 4th of July.
Ready for the tour of the U.S.A.? Let’s get started!
These are the places we have listed in our tour:
- The Alamo
- The American Flag
- Bald Eagle
- Capitol Hill
- Empire State Building
- Gateway Arch
- Hoover Dam
- Liberty Bell
- Lincoln Memorial
- Mount Rushmore
- Statue of Liberty
- White House
Building Up the Excitement
First off, I printed out our free printable set (card booklet and map) in color. I printed ours out on cardstock. Lamination is optional. We got our U.S.A. Toob and our small American flags out. We were so excited about taking a tour of the United States of America. It was so sweet to see them get ready mentally for this lesson.
The Books We Read
The House That George BuiltF Is for Flag (Reading Railroad)Story of the American Revolution Coloring Book (Dover History Coloring Book)Spin’s Really Wild U.S.A. TourThe American Flag (U.S. Symbols)The 50 States: Activity Book: Maps of the 50 States of the USAStars and Stripes and SoldiersN Is for Our Nation’s Capital: A Washington DC Alphabet (Discover America State by State)Journey Around Washington D.C. from A to Z (Journeys)The Story of the Alamo Coloring Book (Dover History Coloring Book)
As you will see in the file, you can print the cards and keep them together as a booklet. Or you can do what I did: I printed the cards out in color and on cardstock and used a guillotine to cut them up into individual cards. Print the U.S.A. map in color as well. Lamination is optional.
First, Brother took the stack of cards and set them out on our gym mat. Next, Sister took the miniature replicas of each of the places in our U.S.A. tour and matched them to the cards. As she matched the replica, we would read the information on each card. When we were done, Brother took our U.S.A. studies books and he matched up the book with the cards.
Tracking our U.S.A. Tour
For this part, we used the map (your free printable) that was printed in color and some glass beads. We took one card and the matching miniature replica and read the information on the card to find the location of that place. Once we found it on the card, we would add the glass bead to the map. We did that with all the cards (except for American flag and bald eagle).
Lastly, I asked Brother and Sister which book was their personal favorite. Both of them immediately reached out for The House the George Built. So we read it again. It contains great information and humor. We all recommend it.
Tour of the USA – Lessons, Activities, Books & Free Printables
Free Printable Set
Time for your free printables! You have three great printables here. The first one is the set of cards, the second printable is the U.S. map and the third printable is a lovely poster with the Pledge of Allegiance. I hope you enjoy them all and share this link with your friends!
Tour of the U.S.A. Booklet
Map of the United States of America
Pledge of Allegiance to the American Flag
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Tour of the U.S.A.: Lessons, Activities, Books & Free Printables