ABCs of Statehood
Students will create a timeline to display the order in which the 50 states were admitted to the Union. Students will then graph how many states were admitted to the Union during certain time periods and relate any patterns they discover to events in history.
- 50 State Quarters
- Students will create a timeline to display the order in which the 50 states were admitted to the Union.
- Students will then graph how many states were admitted to the Union during certain time periods and relate any patterns they discover to events in history.
Major Subject Area Connections
- Social Studies
Minor/supporting Subject Area Connections
- Language Arts
- Fourth grade
- Fifth grade
- Sixth grade
Session Length: 45-60 minutes
Total Length: 151-500 minutes
- Individual work
Terms and Concepts
- The ABCs of Statehood work page (page 20)
- Statehood Graph work page (page 21)
- United States of America Map Template (page 28)
- Craft paper (roll)
- Reference materials
- Cut roll paper into 4 foot strips, one per student.
- Gather reference materials.
- Copy work pages.
- Prepare sample timeline with first few states.
Worksheets and Files
Lesson plan, worksheet(s), and rubric (if any) at www.usmint.gov/kids/teachers/lessonPlans/pdf/352.pdf.
- Display the sample timeline and explain that students will use a chart and other references to create timelines to show the order in which the states were admitted to the Union. Students will list the names of the states in order of their admission, include the date each state ratified the Constitution, and decorate the timeline with symbols from each state (e.g., state birds, state flowers, state trees, symbols from state quarters, etc.).
- Distribute “The ABCs of Statehood” work page (page 20) and strips of craft paper. Make blank sheets of white paper available for notes and planning. Allow students 2-3 class periods and/or time at home to complete the timelines. You may wish to encourage students to loosely sketch their timelines in pencil, then trade with a classmate to check each other’s work before using markers and adding illustrations.
- After students have completed their timelines, distribute the “Statehood Graph” work page (page 21) and a copy of the labeled United States of America Map Template (page 28). Students should create a bar graph demonstrating how many states were admitted to the Union during eachdecade and then color the states on the map using the colors/patterns indicated.
- Work with students to answer the accompanying questions on the “ABCs of Statehood” work page (page 20) based on their graphs and maps, relating the patterns they discover to events in history. The teacher can relate key events, or students can conduct individual research to make these connections.
Students can give oral presentations, using their timelines as illustrations, before displaying them in the classroom or hallway.
Use the worksheets and class participation to assess whether the students have met the lesson objectives.
This lesson plan is not associated with any Common Core Standards.
Domain: 3-5 Data Analysis and Probability
Cluster: Select and use appropriate statistical methods to analyze data.
Grade(s): Grades 3–5
In grades 3–5 all students should
- describe the shape and important features of a set of data and compare related data sets, with an emphasis on how the data are distributed;
- use measures of center, focusing on the median, and understand what each does and does not indicate about the data set; and
- compare different representations of the same data and evaluate how well each representation shows important aspects of the data.