I don't know about your students, but my 2nd graders LOVE research! Students chose a state of their choice (besides our state of Ohio) to research. We used books on MyOn to fill out the research sheet. The research sheet follows the format of the MyOn books, but I'm sure your students would be able to find their own research and fill it in.
On the second page of the resource is a writing outline that will help your students put their awesome facts into a well-written paragraph! (Examples for topic sentence, reminders about transition words, details, examples for closing sentences). Students loved researching, writing, and sharing their state project.