Across the USA in 31 Days: Arizona

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Start here if you missed any of our Across the USA in 31 Days series. Every day this month I will bring you a small sample of printables from my larger eBook, which will be released later this month. I hope you will join me this month as we travel from state to state across the USA.

Let's travel to Arizona today and learn all about their state bird, the Cactus Wren. Grab these printables to color while you read all about it! ::

When I was younger, I traveled to Arizona with my family – actually the same trip that took us through New Mexico. My mother was born in Arizona and we had family there at the time, so it was a fun trip. Unfortunately, I don’t remember much of it, except the cactus’ we would see on the side of the road. Thankfully, I have visited Arizona twice since then and do remember those trips. The cactus still amazes and fascinates me. Arizona was the last of the lower 48 to join the Union on Valentine’s Day, 1912.

Which leads us to today’s State Bird Coloring Pages for Arizona, the Cactus Wren. Arizona is known for its desert climate with very hot summers and mild winters, which is the perfect weather for the Cactus Wren. It was adopted as the state bird in 1931, 19 years after statehood. Standing anywhere from 7 to 9 inches tall, the Cactus Wren is the largest wren in the United States. Their nests resemble a football shape and size are found in cactus with a tunnel-like entrance. The bird is easy to spot with its white, brown and black-barred tail and wings, white eye stripe on a brown head, brown and black spotted belly and its slightly curved bill. They weigh just over one pound with a wingspan between 8 and 12 inches. Males and females do have distinctive differences in their appearance, but young birds have a duller one overall and the top of their heads appear darker. Read more about the cactus wren here while the kids color these pages. The coloring pages are available in print for the pre-writers, dotted manuscript for early writers and dotted cursive for upper elementary.

Resources for Geography

Here are some resources to use this month as we travel across the USA.

The United States of America: A State-by-State Guide

National Geographic Kids: United States Atlas

States & Capitals Pocket Flash Cards

Professor Noggin’s Geography of the United States

United States Geography Game – this is a FREE Download!!

The Scrambled States of America Game

USA & Canada Geo Puzzle

Quiz: US States, Capitals & Flags Game – this is another FREE Download!!

Melissa & Doug USA Floor Map

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Travel across the USA in just 31 Days with these FREE printables! Every day in January (2016) a new printable will be released ! Be sure you're signed up for our weekly newsletter so you don't miss a single one! ::

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Annette has been married to her husband and best friend since 2003. Together they are raising their six children to follow the Lord’s will, no matter what. Annette longs for the day when she will meet all her angel babies who have entered heaven before her. She enjoys creating fun and engaging printables, unit studies and curriculum for homeschool families. You can follow her crazy life at In All You Do where she blogs about marriage, parenting, and homeschooling all while maintaining her sanity. She is also the owner of Thrifty Homeschoolers, where she shares free printables and resources from around the web as well as deals on curriculum and homeschooling resources. You can also keep up with her via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.
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