Free Printable States and Capitals Worksheets

April 10, 2017

Carrie Fernandez


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Studying America’s states and capitals is so much more fun when children can use states and capitals worksheets to color maps. Learn the States and Capitals in ABC Order (alphabetical order), group them into regions, and more with these printable state and capitals worksheets.

States and Capitals Worksheets

Be sure to grab our free States and Capitals Worksheets Pack instant download at the end of this post. 

Learning About States and Capitals

Are you wondering when you should teach your kids how to learn the the states and capitals? Typically, learning the names of the state and their capital cities is taught in the 4th grade social studies, but kids in 2nd grade or 3rd grade are just as capable of learning the states and capitals.

It can be a daunting task since there are 50 states in the United States of America. Learning the names of the states and the capital names is a lot of information for children to take in. That’s over 100 names to remember.

Many homeschoolers like to take one to two years to learn them and incorporate them into a U.S. Geography study. You can learn a new state a week with unit studies and fun facts about the states you are studying. This will take one full calendar year or two school years to learn them all.

Ways to Memorize the Fifty States

  • Songs are a fun way to memorize the states. Kids learn very well with songs that are repetitive and catchy. These 50 State Resources Songs and Videos will be a huge help.
  • Work on learning one state and capital a week and review past states with new ones each week.
  • Create a list of what you are learning and add to the states and capitals list each week until you have learned all of them.
  • Memorize the names of the states while learning where they are located on a map. Using a USA map and writing in the states each week is a great way to memorize where they are located.
  • Play board games such as The Scrambled States of America. Playing games is a fun way to reinforce what you are learning.
  • Use a state capitals worksheet (we have some for you below).

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Facts About the 50 States

It’s helpful to know where you can find at-a-glance facts about each of the fifty states.

Click the state names below to get important facts such as: state abbreviation, U.S. state capitals, state size, number of counties, time zone(s), bordering states, highest point, national parks, state population, state population density, area codes, top 5 cities, and more!

You’ll also discover information about state flags, state government, statehood, and more.

New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
North Dakota
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
West Virginia

States and Capitals Worksheets

We like to keep a U.S. Geography binder where I can store state and capitals worksheets, projects and unit studies that we are working on. There are so many awesome free worksheet resources to help your kids learn the states and capitals.

examples of U.S.A. state flag unit study worksheets

Learn About the State Flags

State Flag Worksheets and Fact Cards – There is so much history and stories behind why the state flags have the designs that they have. This fun unit study has printable flashcards with the flag facts to fill out and color, flag worksheets, and more. It makes a great addition to state and capitals worksheets, or even a U.S. Geography Curriculum.

Do a State Report

State Report Templates – Upper elementary and middle school students can start working on reports for geography with these free report templates. They can choose whatever state they want to work on and begin researching with the guides from the template. There are 27 pages to choose from.

the 50 states cheat sheets

Practice States and Capitals

We created an easy-to-read table for you that lists the 50 states and capitals in alphabetical order. You can find some great U.S. states  resources that will help you teach your kids about the 50 states below, including a free states and capitals cheat sheet you can print.  

U.S. States

U.S. State Capitals

Alaska Juneau
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 Saint 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 Fact Sheets

50 States Cheat Sheets – This is a simple pack of cheat sheets to help your kids remember the states and capitals. It is printed in black and white to save on ink. It includes an alphabetical listing of the states, a list of state abbreviations for learning the postal abbreviations, a list of state capitals, time zones and regions.

States and Capitals Handwriting Practice

States and Capitals Cursive Copywork –  This unit has a copywork page for each state. Kids can practice writing the states and capitals in cursive. There is an outline map with the state highlighted, and the name of the state and capital to copy in cursive. They can locate the state, color it in, and practice their handwriting at the same time.

Colorful States and Capitals Worksheet Pack – These free states and capitals worksheets are a handy tool for having your kids locate the states on the map worksheet and label them. The colors work as a great little cheat sheet and reminder for students that may be struggling to remember.

State History Timeline

State History Timeline Resource – Do your kids know when each state actually became a state? This resource will help your kids to learn when each state became a state and keep track of it with a fun timeline project.

States and Capitals Study Sheets

States and Capitals Study Sheets – Are you working on memorization of states and capitals? This states and capitals quiz printable a great memorization resource that you can use for homeschool quizzes for geography.

Final Summary

Instant Download from WriteBonnieRose:

Enjoy twelve fun puzzles and activities to test your students’ knowledge of states and their capitals. They can try matching, true and false, multiple choice, and word searches.

But be careful – the multiple choice is tricky! Instead of choosing from three capital cities, students have to choose which city is the capital of a state, such as Saint Paul, Minneapolis, or Duluth for Minnesota!

Instant Download: States and Capitals Worksheets Pack

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