This project was inspired by the book The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex. I used it as a read aloud in fifth grade and the kids LOVED it! Because of their affection for the alien, named JLO, his car, Slushious, and Tip, his human friend, I decided to create their research on the 50 states to be used to help the alien JLO learn more about the USA. The kids loved every step of this process and created amazing presentations. The families also became involved and felt this was one of the best projects their children experienced!