This is a great beginning of the year project that requires students to research, show creativity, and learn a little more about the United States! Students are to pick one state (it is suggested that you do the sign-up together, so no state is picked more than once in the same class) and conduct research on the state's origins, geography, etc. using the requirements listed on the page.
Requirements included (there are 20 total) in researching the state's history:
~Origin of the state name
~Natural resources that come from that state
~Historical events that have occurred in the state WITH a brief description of each event
~Political party that the majority of the state voted for in the 2012 election (can be updated to 2016)
Skills included in successfully completing this project:
~Identifying reliable resources
~Displaying material in a creative way
~Creating a bibliography using MLA format
This project can be edited to suit your needs and for your specific grade level.