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Perfect State Abbreviations Printable and Worksheets: Easy to Print!

Lauren from The Simple Homeschooler here, ready to dive into all things state abbreviations!

Now, I know what you’re thinking. “Lauren, state abbreviations? Really? Do we still need to teach these? Can’t our kids just Google them when they need to?

Um, no.

In fact, knowing state abbreviations has so many benefits beyond just efficiency and impressing friends at trivia night.

In this post, I’ll explain some of those benefits (some obvious and some not so obvious) and I will show you the simple printables that will help you teach state abbreviations to your child!

****Don’t stress! There are very simple directions at the bottom of this post to get your free printables in a nifty pdf file. You can download and print it today!

Before We Get Into The Free Printables, Let’s Talk About Why Kids Even Need To Learn the Postal Abbreviations

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1. State abbreviations were developed by the United States Postal Service to provide a concise and standardized way to abbreviate state names.

The most obvious reason here is that one day your kid is going to be looking at envelopes with postal addresses on them, and he’s going to say, “What are these funky letters next to the zip code?”

You don’t want that. You want them to be able to read simple mailing addresses (without getting out a phone) and know the difference between Springfield, MO and Springfield, NE

Or Paris, France and Paris, TX.

Or Rome, Italy and Rome, GA.

Or Moscow, Russia and Moscow, ID.

I think you get the idea.

2. Geographic Awareness

Mailing addresses are not the only place your kids will need this skill.

Maps often use more that just the traditional abbreviations (St., Ave., Rd., etc.) State abbreviations are also regularly used. 

Knowing these abbreviations helps develop a better understanding of the geography of the United States.

For example, individuals can quickly identify and locate states on maps, understand their regional placements, and comprehend their proximity to other states. 

3. Travel and Navigation:

This is a life skill here, Homeschool Mama!

When traveling, whether for business or fun, familiarity with state abbreviations can be incredibly useful to your kid.

Recognizing abbreviations on road signs, license plates, or travel documents allows for quick identification of the state in question.

It facilitates navigation, planning routes, and understanding regional references or directions, making journeys smoother and more enjoyable.

4. Academic and Professional Development

State abbreviations frequently appear in academic materials, textbooks, research papers, and various professional contexts.

Understanding these abbreviations is essential for comprehension and effective communication within educational and professional settings.

It demonstrates attention to detail and helps avoid confusion or misinterpretation.

So as you can see, these abbreviations are pretty important!

So let’s get down to the materials that are going to help us teach them, learn them, and master them!

Check Out Your Free State Abbreviations Printable and Worksheets

State Abbreviations Printable - 1

This simple printable shows all 50 state names in alphabetical order from Alabama to Wyoming.

Next to each state, you will see the appropriate two-letter abbreviations.

I would recommend printing this on cardstock or laminating it so that students can reference it regularly. 

Consider placing it next to your United States map if you have one on your wall.

You could also have your child make their own flash cards from this printable for quick review.

State Abbreviations Printable - 2

This worksheet is a great way for kids to see how many of the state abbreviations they have mastered!

Once kids have studied the above printable and worked through their flash cards, let them see how well they do with this worksheet.

If they are stumped on some, just be sure to pull those flash cards out and review them more frequently.

To make it a little more exciting, consider using a stopwatch to see if your child can fill it out faster!

****This worksheet could also be reused for state capitals. Just disregard the top directions and have students practice filling in the capital cities for each state.

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State Abbreviations Printable - 3

This abbreviations worksheet is the same as the last one – but in reverse!

The student has to write the state name next to each of the postal abbreviations or postal codes. 

This one might be a little bit easier for some students to recognize the answer. Consider having a list of the state names to help with spelling. 

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I hope these state abbreviations materials are just the thing you were looking for in your geography or social studies lessons!

With regular use and review of the above sheets, your student will be a state abbreviations whiz in no time!

Be sure to check back here next time you need some fast, free printables!

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