This is a project that stretches throughout the whole year. Students pick their state from a “hat” at the beginning of the year. I put all 50 state flags in a bag and students choose their state and find out for homework which state they pulled. We then take our time in the computer lab to go to each state’s tourism website and request any and all free information, brochures, etc. You MUST do this at the beginning of the year, or not at all. States can take up to two months to send you anything, and some states never end up sending anything. (I give the school address and my name for student security.)
Page 1-3 Letter to Parents with all information needed (deadlines, number of sources, etc.) *page 3 left blank line so teacher can use at his/her discretion
Page 5-11 State Research Packet
This is the MEAT of the project as it is where all the research is recorded. I give my kids 4 weeks or so to complete this.
This is what is turned in and graded using the rubrics provided.
Information needs to be gathered on: natural resources, major highways, top 5 cities according to population, industries, 8 points of interest (i.e. historic sites, memorials, national parks), facts on 2 major cities, 10 interesting facts page, facts and pictures of 3 famous people, state senators page, and much more.
Page 12-14 All 50 state titles needed for front of flipbook (I distribute these to the kids.)
Page 15-16 How to assemble flipbook with pictures
Page 17-20 Flipbook Template
Page 21-22 Final Product Pictures
Page 23-24 State Float Instructions
Page 25 State Scavenger Hunt
Page 26 Oral Presentation Guidelines
Page 27 Status Update Notice to parents—something I had to create to let parents know whether their student was on or off track with their research report.
Page 28-29 State Report Research Rubrics to choose from—one with percentages, one without. A 5 point scale is used.
Last page- 50 States List to record names of students next to their state so I can keep track of who has which state