states and capitals

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    states and capitols

    I'm new to teaching 4th grade and I have to teach states and capitals (the kiddos need to memorize them.) Does anyone have a good way to have them do this and/or to introduce this content?

    TIA! :)
     
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    We sing them every morning to the tune of Frere Jacques. Try it in groups of 4 capitals, then resume the tune. Montgomery, Alabama, Juneau, Alasak, Phoenix, Arizona, Little Rock, Arkansas - then repeat the tune with the next 4. At the end, we sing, 'Now you know the capitals of all the 50 states.' In January, we switch to the presidents to the tune of Itsy Bitsy Spider.
     
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    Daisy... thanks for that! I learned 50 Nifty for the states in grade school, and I always wanted one of the capitals, too. :)
     
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    You are welcome. I've used it for years and I've heard that some of the middle schoolers can be heard softly singing the song when being tested on the capitals in 7th grade!
     
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    there's an Animaniacs song floating around on the internet somewhere.
     
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    I like the song! I'm teaching the same unit right now. We're doing the fifty nifty united states right now. We're learning first just the states and locations, then we're moving onto capitols. Right now I'm testing them every day and they have a map and a page with numbers and they have to name as many states as they can. On the first day after giving them a night to study I had one girl get all 50 and another get 42
     
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    I found a book on them that I read aloud with my kids- really helped them.

    Yo Sacramento (And All Those Other State Capitals You Don't Know
     
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    what exactly is the fifty nifty for the fifty states? I teach the 3rd grade and i would like to use it 2 teaCH THE fifty states. Thanks stefaie
     
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    It's a song by School House Rocks that sings all the states in alphabetical order. I downloaded it on morpheus. My kids are having so much fun with it and were bummed when we had to stop for PE
     
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    I have used this before. There is also an Animaniacs DVD now. I don't know if Wacko's America (with this song) is on it though. I'd love to get a copy if it is.
     
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    I just did a search on Morpheus and found that one and several other ones
     
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    We have a video in our LMC 'Sing the States and Capitals' I used it last year. Wow - my kids know them inside and out. First you lean the southern border, then east coast, west coast, northern border, central, etc. Each chunk is set to a different kind of music, they flash the state, sing the state and it's capital, then the music is there but not the words and the kids repeat it...there's a 'quiz' at the end of each section. Super fun!
     
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    Is this the same video? http://www.educationallearninggames.com/states-and-capitals-songs.asp




     
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    Yes! It is a great learning tool. Seems hokey but my fourth graders ended up liking it. I have them again for fifth grade - they can play 'Around the World' state capitols faster than anything I've ever seen. Quite a few of my students with special needs learned some of them too.
     
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    That video sounds great. I'll have to look into it. :)

    Thanks!
     
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    I used the States and Capitals Jingo game. Each kid got a laminated map and a jingo board. I would read the clues backwords so that the capital clue was last. I would never, ever give the answer. Within a week, my kids were dying to learn them all so that they could win. You can't win the game if you don't know the answers. At the end of the year, 4th grade challenged 5th to a geography bee and we used the jingo clues. 4th won :)
     
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    What is the States and Capitols Jingo game??? It sounds like it's Bingo. Sounds fun and like something I should invest in. :)

    Paula
     
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