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Demonstrate Your Vexillological Prowess! U.S. State Flag Quiz!

CultureGrams States Edition Data Extremes

People like knowing how things compare. They want to know who was first/last, who has the most/least of something, what is the highest/lowest or biggest/smallest, etc. Comparisons can be interesting trivia, but they can also help us put information in context.

CultureGrams makes it easy to discover comparative statistical information through our data tables, whether it’s our standard tables or through the customized data tables you can create for yourself. Take the States Edition, for example. Do you want to know the first/last state to be admitted to the Union? Would you like to find out which states have the largest/smallest populations or which are most/least densely populated? What about the states with the highest/lowest percentages of foreign-born residents, females, or high school graduates? We’ve compiled a list of such questions that could be used as a quiz or a research assignment. For answers to the questions and much more, check out our States Edition Graphs and Tables page (we’ll also include the answers in the Comments area of this post).

States Edition Graphs and Tables Page via ProQuest CultureGrams

  1. Which was the first state to be added to the Union?
  2. Which was the last state to be added to the Union?
  3. Which is the largest state in terms of total area?
  4. Which is the smallest state in terms of total area?
  5. Which state has the largest population?
  6. Which state has the smallest population?
  7. Which is the most densely populated state?
  8. Which is the least densely populated state?
  9. Which state grew the fastest between 2010 and 2015?
  10. Which state grew the slowest between 2010 and 2015?
  11. Which state has the highest percentage of females?
  12. Which state has the lowest percentage of females?
  13. Which state has the highest percentage of foreign-born residents?
  14. Which state has the lowest percentage of foreign-born residents?
  15. Which state has the highest percentage of people under 18 years old?
  16. Which state has the lowest percentage of people under 18 years old?
  17. Which state has the highest percentage of graduates from high school?
  18. Which state has the lowest percentage of graduate from high school?
  19. Which state has the highest median household income?
  20. Which state has the lowest median household income?
  21. Which state has the highest average travel time to work?
  22. Which state has the lowest average travel time to work?

Let us know how you do. And are you surprised by any of the answers to these questions?

CultureGrams: U.S. State Symbols

New York State Symbols

CultureGrams States Edition: New York Report via ProQuest CultureGrams

Do want to impress your friends with the breadth of your cultural and geographic knowledge of the United States? Do you want to provide your students with a learning opportunity that is sure to engage their interest? One way to do that is to learn about the state symbols for your state. Or even better, become familiar with symbols for other states as well. You can find this content in the CultureGrams States Edition, under Fun Facts & Contacts in the left navigation bar. Once you’re there, you’ll find the state bird (and its associated bird call), the state tree, the state flower, and other state symbols for every state. Plus, you will find a list of other interesting state symbols. You may even find some more unusual symbols such as a state cookie, a state musical instrument, a state dance, a state insect, and even a state firearm. Who doesn’t want to know these fun facts?

For a classroom activity, you could assign students to dig a little deeper, assigning them to do further research on these symbols. They could find out more information about the symbols themselves, or discover why the symbols were chosen to represent their state. Furthermore, you could divide your students into small groups and ask each group to give a brief presentation on a symbol or make a poster to hang up in the classroom.

Whatever approach you choose, students are bound to be curious about the plants, animals, rocks, foods, fossils, and songs that represent their state.

CultureGrams Statehood Quiz

States Edition Map

The United States hasn’t always had 50 states. That number has grown over time as states were admitted to the Union. So let’s see if you can correctly identify the order that the ten selected states below were added to the United States. You don’t need to know the precise dates of statehood, but we challenge you to put the following list of states in chronological order, starting with the earliest state first, according to when they were admitted to the Union. If you aren’t sure, you are welcome to make educated guesses based on your knowledge of history and geography

  • Florida
  • California
  • Delaware
  • Hawaii
  • Washington
  • Louisiana
  • Nebraska
  • New Mexico
  • Ohio
  • Illinois

When you are done with your list, you can check your answers against the answer key in the comments section. You can also see a complete list of the dates and order of statehood for all the states here in CultureGrams.

Good luck!

CultureGrams: Help Us Review Our Reports!

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If you’re familiar with CultureGrams, you know that one of the things that makes our product stand out is the “native perspective” of much of the information in our country, state, and province reports. CultureGrams goes beyond statistics to explore not only the history of a place, but also the culture and day-to-day lives of residents of that location, including topics like dating and marriage rituals, eating habits, life as a kid, and much more.

CultureGrams is able to capture this unique perspective because we work with native reviewers and other country experts to portray what life is really like for people living in the locations covered by our reports.

For instance, did you know that in Sierra Leone, a baby’s umbilical cord is placed under a new tree before it is planted? Or that in Kazakhstan, newlyweds visit local landmarks after the wedding ceremony? This is the type of unique information CultureGrams can provide its customers because of the perspectives native reviewers share with us.

Because we’re continually updating, reviewing, and expanding our country, state, and province reports, we’re always looking for reviewers to help us make sure the reports and other features (like photos and recipes) are up to date with the latest and most accurate information.

If you’re a native or country expert for any of the places below, and are interested helping us review our reports, please visit our website to learn more about the project and qualifications and fill out an application.

Countries

Afghanistan American Samoa Belarus Belgium
Bulgaria Burkina Faso Central African Republic Comoros
Congo (Republic of) Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) El Salvador Faroe Islands
French Polynesia Gabon Greenland Guinea
Guyana Honduras Kiribati Lesotho
Marshall Islands Mauritius Micronesia Montserrat
Mozambique Nauru Nepal New Caledonia
Nigeria Niue Palau Paraguay
Saint Kitts and Nevis São Tomé and Príncipe Seychelles Singapore
Sudan Thailand Timor-Leste (East Timor) Togo
Tuvalu USA U.S. Virgin Islands Vanuatu
Venezuela Vietnam

U.S. States

Alaska Arkansas Idaho Kansas
Kentucky Maryland Minnesota Mississippi
Missouri Nebraska Nevada New Hampshire
New Mexico Oklahoma South Dakota

Canadian Provinces

Northwest Territories Ontario

Updating and Reviewing CultureGrams Reports

CultureGrams Landing Page

CultureGrams Landing Page via ProQuest

CultureGrams editors put forth a lot of effort in making sure that the content in our country, state, and province reports is both accurate and up-to-date. And, unlike some of our competitors, our commitment to providing reliable cultural content doesn’t end once our reports are created initially. We continually update, review, and expand our reports for the benefit of our customers. Our reports change because people and places change. Below is an explanation of some of our most important content revision processes.

  1. Weekly updates–When we say that CultureGrams reports are  “updated” weekly, we mean that our editors follow the news and incorporate any major news events into the history sections of the World reports and the timelines of the Kids, States, and Provinces reports. Where there are changes in the head of state and/or government, those are included as well. As the editors do their weekly updates, they may update other sections of the texts as well, but the focus is on history and government.
  2. Statistical updates–The statistical information in all of our reports is updated by the editors once a year, as new statistics are available.
  3. Major updates–Each report is given a thorough going over  by the editors about once a year to make sure that all of the content is up-to-date. It also includes reviewing the photo galleries and other content. In the Kids, States, and Provinces editions, the major update may also include expanding the most recent history section in a report or adding a new history section, if needed.
  4. Reviews–Reviews usually occur on about a five-year cycle. And they involve getting feedback from native or long-term residents rather than just through the research of our editors. These reviews from insiders help us keep the information in the reports accurate and up-to-date. When revisions are warranted, we make them.
  5. Expansions–For the past several years now, we’ve been working hard to expand the cultural content of our existing World Edition reports by at least 50%. The focus is on the cultural content primarily. The expansion process involves the contributions of a native or long-term resident for each country, who writes new content for us. Then that content is reviewed by another native or long-term resident.

If you have any questions about these processes, please let us know.

CultureGrams: We Want Video of Your State!

VideoGallery

If you’ve ever explored the CultureGrams Video Gallery, you know that we have great content from around the world, including people cooking, kids working and playing, citizens celebrating holidays, and much more. But you may have noticed that we don’t have very many videos from the USA. We are asking for your help in solving this problem!

If you have digital video of your state, you could get paid for it!

You could film things like

  • scenery
  • food
  • people (including interviews)
  • cultural topics

and more!

To get ideas of other things to film, read through the report for your state and for the United States.

Leave a comment here or email us at cgeditors<at>proquest<dot>com for more details about subjects to film, technical requirements, and payment.

We look forward to seeing your video in CultureGrams!

CultureGrams: State Nickname Quiz

States Edition via ProQuest CultureGrams

States Edition via ProQuest CultureGrams

How well do you know U.S. state nicknames? Test your knowledge with this quiz from the editors at CultureGrams. What is the state associated with each nickname?

  1. The Silver State
  2. The Buckeye State
  3. The Lone Star State
  4. The Green Mountain State
  5. The Pelican State
  6. The Beaver State
  7. The Badger State
  8. The Land of Enchantment
  9. The Peach State
  10. The Garden State
  11. The Equality State
  12. The First State
  13. The Sunshine State
  14. The Mount Rushmore State
  15. The Bluegrass State
  16. The Bay State
  17. The Sooner State
  18. The Last Frontier
  19. The Golden State
  20. The Constitution State

Check your answers with the quiz key in the comment section. And for more information about each of the 50 states and Washington, D.C., check out the CultureGrams States Edition.

CultureGrams Progress Report

With the year more than half over, we thought it would be a good time to update you on what we’ve been up to for the first seven months of the year. CultureGrams is always a product on the move. We’re adding new content (new Kids Edition reports, photos, slideshows, video, interviews, etc.), reviewing and updating the content that is already there, adding new features, and doing all that we can to make CultureGrams the premier product of its kind in the market. So what have we added for so far this year? Here is a partial list of exciting new additions:

Plus we are just about to release an improved user interface for CultureGrams that is better designed for use on mobile devices, that will offer improved performance and easier navigation, and that will align more effectively with other ProQuest K-12 products. Below is a sneak peek, but more details are forthcoming.

New CultureGrams User Interface

CultureGrams just keeps getting better and better. And there is even more to come in 2015. Stay tuned for the latest details.

Spring Training

TCP PageOur ProQuest resources are always on the move, so it’s always a great idea to keep up with everything that’s going on. Come and join us for K-12 Spring Training! We’ve got some great webinars on the schedule this spring. We can help fill in the gaps for you, so you can get the most possible from your resources.

Are you just curious about our expansive collection of resources? Maybe you’re not only teaching, but are also a student yourself. Or maybe you’re interested in outside resources that could potentially have a good K-12 connection. Access our full webinar class schedule and learn about what ProQuest is doing outside of your school!

Do you have a class you’d like us to provide or a topic you’d like us to address? We’re happy to work with you directly and we’d love to hear from you! You can email us at training@proquest.com and we’ll get back in touch with you quickly to answer questions or make arrangements.