This unit can be used with any state in the United States. My home state is Arkansas, so that’s what my students did. I have an Arkansas PBL listed on my tpt page as well if you want one more specific to Arkansas!
Remember, with project based learning the STUDENTS are responsible for their OWN learning. You will give them the outline and project concepts, but they will research, discuss, and work as a team to complete and produce their products.
I left our schedule fairly similar to the one we used including the times and names of our guest speakers from around the state. I did change a few things, such as the state physical and graphic map blueprints. For those, just copy an outline of your state shape and have the students sketch their ideas inside that.
Also, I left the note taking graphic organizer at the end to use while each group presents for students to take notes on. You may want to make one with your state, and different regions on it.
This lasted for one week in my third grade class. You can adapt the time frame for your grade or class. Also, guest speakers are one of my favorite parts of project based learning. They add the real life element that, as educators, we can’t always give them just by teaching. These people are experts and very enthusiastic about what they do and the kids love it!