Friday, January 30, 2015

Peek of the week 6 - the 50 states of the USA

50. There are 50 states in the USA. No more, no less. I have taught English for close to 13 years now and a couple of times a year I always end up in a discussion with a student, or two, about how many states there are in the US. Many of the students show up in the 7th grade and think that there are 52 states. 52? Where do they get this from? A deck of cards? In every class there are always a handful of students who think there are 52 states, and others believe there are 48 of them (I guess they are thinking of mainland USA..) and of course some of them know that there are 50. So, every year I get to explain that there are 50 states, and has been so at least since 1960 when Hawaii gained statehood, for the non-believers. I suppose the district of Columbia (Washington D.C.) could cause a dilemma and maybe people think of Puerto Rico as a state, although it is not.

Anyway, here are some good links to learning more about the 50 states. Some of them have interesting laws and regulations, others memorable state mottos. One of my favorite states is New Hampshire and that state's motto is "Live free or die". Something to discuss and think about....

In Baltimore, in the state of Maryland, it is illegal to take a lion to the movies. Really? And in the state of Oklahoma it is illegal to have a sleeping donkey in your bathtub after 7 pm. That means...it is ok ... before 7 pm?? Some other funny laws can be found here.

Want to learn the names and locations of the states? This video will help you out:




Watched it? So now, see how many states you know by taking this quiz or this. Hope you did well - and that you now know that there are.....50 states in the USA. ;)

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