Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Alabama


Our first postcard has arrived! It was an exciting thing, let me tell you! My whole purpose in this postcard swap (besides getting fun mail) was to help my kids learn more about all 50 states. So, after receiving our Alabama postcard, we set out to see what we could learn about that great state. We found some wonderful resources online.

The Alabama Secretary of State has a neat Kids Page which includes Alabama history, symbols, fun facts, and even a couple of games. We learned that Alabama became the 22nd state in 1819, the state animal is the black bear, and that Alabama and our state, Idaho, share the same state insect, the Monarch Butterfly.
The Alabama Department of Archives and History also has a kids page which includes some nice printable activity sheets.

Kidskonnect has an Alabama page with lots of really neat links. We could spend lots and lots of time exploring there.

The Alabama Tourism Department has a Flickr photostream with over 600 photos. And on the actual Tourism Department website they have quite a few virtual tours of places all over the state. These were both great ways to "visit" Alabama.

Do you know of any other good Alabama resources? We would love to hear about them.

5 comments:

Ticia said...

Thanks for those Alabama resources. I'm sure I'll use those when we reach Alabama in our studies.

Missy said...

Aimee, thanks for your comment on my blog, Simply Red.
Being from Alabama and currently living here, you'd think I would have some good AL resources, but can't think of any at the moment. It looks like you have some good ones on your post. We live about 20 minutes from the capital and we love it here. Even my husband who is from Washington state.Hope you'll stop by for a visit again.

Lisa said...

This is a great resource. http://homeschooling.about.com/c/ec/1.htm

Amy@Let's Explore said...

We just got our Alabama postcard, too! Yay! We're going to check out some of your links tomorrow... :)

The U.S. Mint has some nice lesson plans - one for each state correlating to the pictures on the back of the state quarters: http://www.usmint.gov/kids/teachers/lessonPlans/50sq/download.cfm?grade=1

So fun!

Jennifer said...

Hi there- Will you be posting images of the postcards that you receive? If you do, can you scan the front and back? It would be great to see what people are writing on them. Thanks!!! :)