National Geographic Kids is back with a third edition of the Beginner’s United States Atlas for ages 7-10. Whether you have a virtual, hybrid, or in-person learner, the Atlas is a must have tool to enhance the classroom experience.
It begins with a necessary look at What is a Map? followed by a brief look at the physical and political United States. Next comes a tour of our nation’s capital.
These initial pages set the stage for the bulk of the resource—details on all 50 states and five of the 14 territories. Divided into six geographic areas, I found myself counting how many states I had visited (32). That little middle grade kid I once was has some catching up to do given my bold proclamation at the time that I’d visit every state.
Each state gets a full two-page spread with a map on the right and loads of factual information on the left. Included are a description of the state’s LAND & WATER, STATEHOOD, PEOPLE & PLACES, and a FUN FACT. Surrounding the facts are colored images with a picture of the state flag, flower, and bird. You’ll also find pictures of locations and people enjoying the activities common for that state.
Geography is never boring with this guide. Spread the book out on your lap or desk and get a full understanding of this beautiful country known as the U.S. Then you can start counting up the states you’ve been to or want to visit. It will be a lifelong pursuit.
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