Statehood Notebooking Page

This statehood notebooking page is a place to record how your state (or another one you’re studying) gained its statehood.  You can get the statehood notebooking page printable here or by clicking on the picture below.

The stories of how the states came to be are fascinating.  Each of the thirteen colonies had their own starting out adventures.  When they went on to band together and form one country out of individual colonies, they finally became official states of the United States of America.  Over the course of the following years, new territories were settled.  As their populations grew and the people began the process of governing, many desired statehood.  Soon the process of statehood began in many of these territories.  Now we have 50 states!

Here are each of the states in the order they were added. The first 13 colonies show the order they ratified the Constitution, becoming states as they did so. Animated Map shared under CC BY-SA 3.0,


How does statehood happen?

Most of the current states began as territories of the United States.  Other than the original thirteen colonies, only California, Kentucky, Maine, Texas, Vermont, and West Virginia did not.  Territories who applied for statehood had to petition the Congress and also meet certain conditions, like having a constitution and elected officers prior to becoming a state.  It is Congress who has the final say on whether or not a territory can become a state.  They consider things like whether or not the population is sufficient to support itself and also contribute to the federal government, if statehood would be an advantage to the existing nation, and whether the majority of people within the territory desire statehood.

Will there ever be more than 50 states?

The United States still has territories that could potentially become states.  Puerto Rico has voted on it many times, and with each vote the number of supporters for statehood has risen.  The District of Columbia would be another likely candidate for eventual statehood.  There are other territories and locations that could apply for statehood as well.  They need a majority of their people desiring statehood before Congress will even consider it though.

Your State

Find out the story of how your state gained statehood.  Use the Statebook Notebooking Page to record what you discovered.  There is a map for you to color your state, blanks for information, a state flag to color and describe, and a place for you to write your state’s story.

Here’s the state notebooking page for our home state of Idaho. It was the 43rd state to join the nation.

More From Layers of Learning

This staehood notebooking page printable is featured in Layers of Learning Year 4 Unit 16 about the Atlantic States, but it would be a perfect addition to any of the state studies in Layers of Learning Year 4, which has geography units all about the United States of America.  You can learn more about how Layers of Learning empowers homeschool families with hands-on learning on our homepage and in our curriculum guide.

Layers of Learning Unit 4-16

Each of these units features a geographical region of the United States and has state explorations and activities within it.  You can go check them all out in our catalog.

You might also enjoy our other state resources from our geography page.  There are free printable maps and also state studies for all fifty states.  You’ll see activities like these, and more.  Just go to the geography page and click on a state to get started.

And last, but not least, we have an ever-growing State Studies Pinterest Page where we link to all of our state activities and more from around the web.  Hope you enjoy studying the states!

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