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Most states require home schools to teach their state’s history. One thing you can do to show progress in this requirement is to keep a journal or lapbook on hand that has projects and lessons you have done and add a page or lesson to it every once in awhile.
The list below has at least one link for each state. Some of the lessons are online, some are actual lesson plans to download, and some are just fun pages where kids can explore state history. In the cases where free online resources aren’t that plentiful (and some states really did not have much for free that I could find), I suggest you get a notebook or some kind of journal to print out anything you can find on the history topics you study. A journal is also easy to take on a road trip when you travel in the summer. My favorite time to do state history is on a road trip! Sometimes you can even find great resources at the first rest area as you enter a state. In 2008, we found a great welcome center in Oklahoma that gave us free posters and a whole lot of free lessons. Home schoolers have the fabulous advantage of learning when it fits into real life! Gotta love it!
Resources for all 50 states
This has all 50 states with a general plan for covering all the topics in a state history unit study. If you don’t like the link for your state below, come back to this link and find your state. It seems fairly comprehensive, including reading lists.
Mr. Donn is a classroom teacher who shares his resources online.
Individual State Links
NOTE- You will need to scroll all the way to the bottom of the page for the 2 units on Connecticut history.
This page has multiple subjects on it. The history is the 3rd topic on the list.
This is online access to past issues of Illinois History Teacher magazine. It contains a “Connection with the Curriculum” section.
This is an online Textbook. The textbook is free but you need password for the answer key. I do not know if homeschool teachers can get the password. Please post a comment if you know any additional information.
• New Hampshire
• New Jersey
• New Mexico
Explore NM history using maps.
• New York
• North Carolina
• North Dakota
• Rhode Island
• South Carolina
This is American History as it correlates to Carolina History.
• South Dakota
• West Virginia
Look for the link to the Student Packet.
Enjoy! and Please post in the comments any other helpful resources for State History!