Knowing all 50 states and capitals can seem daunting, but it isn’t with these easy ways to memorize the 50 states and capitals. Perfect for all ages.
Did you memorize all 50 states and capitals when you were in elementary school?
During my Senior year in high school, our Political Science teacher gave us a quiz every Friday. It was simply a blank map. We had to write in all 50 states. Sounds easy, right?
I wish I had tried these tips back then. At least now I have them for my kids.
This is one way we are going to beat the Summer Slump this year. Using these tools, especially the 50 States and Capitals Flashcards, we are going to learn all fifty states, where they are located on the map, and what their capitals are.
Wish me luck!
What Grade Do Kids Learn States and Capitals?
While it depends on the state rubric, typically kids learn states and capitals in the 4th Grade. It can be as early as 3rd grade or even 5th grade. In high school, my Political Science teacher would quiz us each week to make sure we knew where all of the states were located on the map.
It’s never too late to learn states and capitals!
What Is The Fastest Way to Memorize Capitals?
It’s going to depend on the person, but the fastest way I’ve found to memorize capitals and the states they are within is through song. There is a fun one down below!
It might also help to visualize the states with their neighbors.
States in Geographical Sections
New England States – Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont
Middle Atlantic States – Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania
Southeastern States – Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia
South Central States – Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas
North Central States – Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin
Rocky Mountain States – Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming
Pacific States – Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington
4 Ways to Memorize the 50 States and Capitals
Children learn in different ways. While one may thrive using flashcards, another may learn better writing out the map multiple times, while someone else learns better through song.
You know your child and their learning style best. Use these suggestions and build upon them.
1. How to Memorize the 50 States and Capitals with Flashcards
We are kicking it old school with these flashcards. They are great though. I printed them using the double-sided feature on our printer and they printed with the name and capital on one side and the state on the other. The first try! I was very excited.
State Flashcards Printable Free
While I know my Kindergartener can’t read the words, we can work on them together and by the end of the Summer, she should be able to read the state names and capitals, if not recognize them. I have no doubt my 2nd, 3rd, and 5th graders will be able to read them. I may have to help with pronunciation though.
2. Memorize the 50 States and Capitals Through Song
Do you ever feel like you live in a musical? Is that just our house? My kids love music. Anything that I can put to music, they pick up quickly. There are several different songs I found online to help with memorizing states and capitals through music, here are a couple:
- 50 States and Capitals Rap
- Tour the United States (with capitals)
Printing out the map in the States and Capitals Flashcard PDF would be a great start.
One side is filled in and the other isn’t. Study one side and then practice on the other. We’re kicking it old school with that one.
The printable also includes a states and capitals map to help make learning easy.
4. Visualization Tricks to Learn States and Capitals
One of the ways to memorize anything is through visualization.
Again, this won’t work with everyone, but you won’t know if you don’t try it. It’s best to come up with your own visualizations, it helps you remember better, but everyone has to start somewhere.
I love the pictures and visualizations on this lesson that boasts you can learn the states and capitals in an hour.
What Are the 50 States and Capitals?
- Alabama – Montgomery
- Alaska – Juneau
- Arizona – Phoenix
- Arkansas – Little Rock
- California – Sacramento
- Colorado – Denver
- Connecticut – Hartford
- Delaware – Dover
- Florida – Tallahassee
- Georgia – Atlanta
- Hawaii – Honolulu
- Idaho – Boise
- Illinois – Springfield
- Indiana – Indianapolis
- Iowa – Des Moines
- Kansas – Topeka
- Kentucky – Frankfort
- Louisiana – Baton Rouge
- Maine – Augusta
- Maryland – Annapolis
- Massachusetts – Boston
- Michigan – Lansing
- Minnesota – St. Paul
- Mississippi – Jackson
- Missouri – Jefferson City
- Montana – Helena
- Nebraska – Lincoln
- Nevada – Carson City
- New Hampshire – Concord
- New Jersey – Trenton
- New Mexico – Santa Fe
- New York – Albany
- North Carolina – Raleigh
- North Dakota – Bismarck
- Ohio – Columbus
- Oklahoma – Oklahoma City
- Oregon – Salem
- Pennsylvania – Harrisburg
- Rhode Island – Providence
- South Carolina – Columbia
- South Dakota – Pierre
- Tennessee – Nashville
- Texas – Austin
- Utah – Salt Lake City
- Vermont – Montpelier
- Virginia – Richmond
- Washington – Olympia
- West Virginia – Charleston
- Wisconsin – Madison
- Wyoming – Cheyenne
50 States and Capitals Resources
What method helped you learn the 50 U.S. States and Capitals?