What's wacky, cool, interesting, or fun about the state YOU'RE in?
Who or what is the Junior Geography Detective Squad? So glad you asked!
In the book State of Wilderness, Elysabeth Eldering presents state-related facts in an entertaining, playful format. Matt, Guy, and Mary Beth explore a handheld video game, "Junior Geography Detective Squad: 50 States Mystery Trivia Series," that helps them with their social studies in a fun and challenging way. Together, they become the Junior Geography Detective Squad, eager to discover new facts about geography and the fifty states. And isn't fun the key to learning?
Author Elysabeth Eldering makes learning fun with her book, State of Wilderness. As Matt and his best friend, Guy, play the game, they are given twenty-seven clues, and each boy writes the number of the clue beside his guess. Matt's sister, Mary Beth, helps them out along the way. The one who correctly guesses the state first wins. Matt and Guy raise the stakes, making a bet: the loser has to do anything the winner tells him to do. And given the friendly rivalry between these two, it's sure to be something embarrassing!
Readers can play along as each clue is revealed. Questions vary in difficulty, getting easier as the game draws to a close. Geography, history, weird laws, and politics are just some of the areas covered by the clues. Can you guess the state? I was halfway through the clues before I guessed!
At the end of the book, you will find more learning activities related to the subject state: a map quiz, a cryptogram, facts about the state flag and motto, and a bibliography for more information. Teachers' guides, available for all books in this fifty-state series, will make this a fun addition to the classroom, too.
If you love Geography, and want to learn more about the 50 United States of America, you're in luck!
State of Quarries, second book in the JGDS 50-state, mystery, trivia series is coming this month. The third book, State of Reservations, is due out in spring 2009.
Where will the adventure take you next?
My adventures led me to settle in Texas in the early 1990s. Texas is a huge state, second only to Alaska in size. Did you know that six different flags have flown over the state of Texas since 1519: Spanish, French, Mexican, Texan, United States, and Confederate. The name "Texas" comes from a Spanish misunderstanding of the Caddo Indian word for friend. Houston is home to the world-famous LBJ Space Center and the Astrodome.
What can you tell us about your state? Leave a comment, below, and give us some fun, wacky, strange, little-known fact about your state. When you do, include a valid email address and you'll also be entered to win some state-related goodies from author Elysabeth Eldering - but be sure to enter the email address in the body of the comments section, since I can't see the one that validates your comments! If you're worried about spam, you can enter it like this:
email [at] provider.com - as long as Elysabeth, who is decidedly human, can read it, you're entered!