A parent letter letting them know about a state research paper. This project was designed for fifth graders but could be used as far as 7th or 8th grade. This is meant to be a small research paper to introduce elementary and middle school students to the idea of writing a formal research paper.
Teacher Note: I sent home two copies of the rubric and had one returned to school to use for grading and one to stay at home as a guideline. You can assign your students a state or let them draw out of a bag. I wrote my own research paper with them on our home state to model.