This includes all the materials needed to create a state report booklet or lapbook. I have also included suggested websites for research, but books from the library can and should be used as well for research :).
There are six graphic organizers covering the six topics of the report:
1. People in the state
2. History of the state
3. Symbols and honors for the state
4. Tourism in the state
5. Environment in the state
6. Additional fun facts about the state
There are stationary writing pages for each state, report section pages, folding books to make a lapbook, peer editing checklist, and rubric included!
Using This in your classroom:
1. Students will be writing a comprehensive report on one state from the United States of America. Start off by having students do their, “Road Map USA,” project. Students will find 3 facts about 2 different states from each of the 5 regions of the United States. They will then choose 5 of these states as their top choices for their report. The teacher has the final say on which state each student reports on. I like to have each student do a different state. *The Road Map USA is set up so that if you print it back to back, and then cut each page in half, you will only need to use 2 pieces of paper per student, and the pages will be in the correct order.
2. After students have chosen and been assigned a state for their report, they can begin research. I suggest using both books from the library and internet for the research. Have students use the graphic organizer provided to gather their information. This is a pretty big writing project, and I usually have students write one page 3-5 paragraphs, about each section: People in the State, History of the State, Symbols and Honors of the State, Tourism, Environment, and Fun Facts.
3. Once their information is gathered, they can begin the rough draft of each writing section. Next comes peer editing. There is a peer editing checklist provided at the end of this product.
4. When all self/peer/teacher editing is done, students can put their report together. You can choose to just make a booklet and have student use the title page, writing pages, and section separation pages for their report. (I have included a writing template page for each state. There is also just a plain lined paper if that is what you prefer. Or use the state and plain lined page back to back for each writing page.) The map and state flag can be stapled at the end of the booklet.
5. This can also be turned into a lapbook. Pictures are included on the following page on how to put it together. The report portion is stapled in the center. The folding books are cut and filled out. Then glued in the directed locations based on the pictures provided.
6. Since there is so much writing and research, this would be a 3-4 week in class project.