Students can create individual products for a single state, a group project for a region, or a class project involving all 50 states (or other countries). I have taught this lesson using all of these aspects.
Students used Google docs for record keeping, Google forms for quizzes, and Google slides for presentations for this project to create shared products. I have added essential questions for students to provide more precise information and to encourage more critical thinking.
I have included 2 more rubrics that include rating group dynamics. Please feel free to edit these documents for your use.
Have fun working with your students as if they are space explorers discovering the United States with this open ended group project!
INCLUDES: procedure, links, handouts, idea survey, rubric/checklist, grouping ideas, student tags, essential questions