This is a collaborative research project about United States geography that requires students to role-play as product designers for a fictitious travel association, Discover the USA.
An excellent example of differentiated instruction, students may research any of the 50 U.S. states to find information that makes the state unique: major landmarks, landforms, major and minor cities, symbols, fun facts, etc.
Working with partners, the team members will then choose one of five products in this assignment to show what they have learned: a PowerPoint presentation, a three-fold travel brochure, a mobile, a game or game board, or a map on poster board.
To meet Writing Across the Curriculum goals, a two-page report on what they learned in the project is also required.
Here are some of the specifics:
For students: the role-playing letter introduction, step-by-step directions for implementation (written in plain English for students to easily understand), a graphic organizer, a research log, and a works cited page to document their sources.
For teachers: a list of required materials, a pacing guide, two rubrics, and a list of acceptable online resources for students to use as they begin their research.
This project is intended as a cumulative assignment to enrich a unit on the USA. It would work best with upper elementary or middle school students. You might modify it for any level, however.
Additionally, this project demands students to demonstrate teamwork skills, research skills, proper MLA citation, 21st century technology skills, the ability to work against a deadline, and much more.
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