History is one of my favorite subjects. I enjoy learning all of the interesting facts and people and places. I love learning about what the people before me were like and how they lived. Their lives have had an impact on time and influenced what our culture is like today. We owe them much gratitude.
Studying state history can be so much fun for 5th grade social studies. You see, you have all of the information, locations, and artifacts right at your fingertips. You can access state parks, visit your states museums, and even your state official historical locations. You can find these interesting places online, study them, and then to make history really come alive you can load up in the car and go for a visit. Your children will get excited to see how history comes alive when you see, feel, hear, and experience where these things really happened.
In our homeschool we try to do this at least once a year. It is an exciting way to experience history beyond the facts!