Use Learn the States With Flat Stanley to reinforce lessons on the 50 states. It's best if students have a basic knowledge of where some states are before starting to play on this app, but once the basics are introduced, this app is a perfect practice and memorization companion for kids. This could be a good one to use with pairs; for kids who are struggling readers, working with a buddy who is a strong reader will allow them to enjoy the activity as well.Continue reading Show less
Learn the States With Flat Stanley is a U.S. geography app that helps kids practice matching state names to their shapes on a blank map. Students also learn a little bit about each state's unique cultural features while playing the shape/name matching game. The app splits states into seven regions, and each of those regions has an identifiable name: West, Northern Rockies, Southern Rockies, North Central, South Central, North East, South East.
In the spirit of the original school activity in which kids mail a paper Flat Stanley to far-flung places, Learn the States asks kids to send a cute little aviator Stanley image via "airmail" to each state. Players aim an on-screen slingshot -- loaded with Stanley -- by swiping their finger backward on the screen, pointing it at the map toward a requested state, and then letting go, sending Stanley flying. If he hits the right spot on the map, kids get a star under the region, are asked to spell the state name, and then can view more information about that state on a page with photos and information specific to that state. Specifics include an image of each state's flag, bird, flower, and unique facts, helping kids grow not only in geography knowledge but also cultural understanding. Kids can also tap on a state to see its capital city. Sending Stanley flying to fill in state names is an interactive way to transform the sometimes dull geography requirement of memorizing states on a map into a fun game.
This quirky, fun game can help students learn and recall the location of U.S. regions and individual states. It provides immediate feedback for kids if they aim at the wrong state, listing the name of the state where Stanley erroneously landed as well as highlighting and naming the correct one. It also provides some interesting trivia and symbol information for each state. The spellling game may provide too much support in that it displays the written name of the state kids are spelling. Head-scratcher. And while the overall design is great, the Northeast states may frustrate kids -- even if they think they're aiming properly, Stanley may land in a nearby smaller state simply because of the smaller margin of error in those tiny spots on the screen. Still, this is a fun way for students to learn some of the basics about U.S. states.