American States – 9 Activities with Choice Board (Tic-Tac-Toe) option. This is a stand alone resource but it is also found in my 50 American State Graphic Organizers listing. It can be used with any of my state regional graphic organizer sets that can be bought separately.
This resource also includes a choice board which can be used if you would like students to complete three of the nine activities. Without the choice board, you are free to assign any or all of the activities when you wish to use them.
The activities are:
1) Compare and Contrast Two States: students can do a general compare and contrast – or a number of specific topics they could choose from (or they could be assigned a specific topic);
2) Illustrate with Storyboards (students choose an event in a state’s history and illustrate it in six storyboards and then write an outline of the event as a conclusion;
3) Weather - One State’s Climate: using online sources, students answer eight questions about the climate of a specific state (the last question asks them to compare its climate to their own state’s);
4) One State - Six Reasons to Visit!: Students choose a state and list six reasons they would like to visit it. In this activity students have to research the state to find six things they would really like to see and why they would like to see them. The students complete the activity by listing four reasons someone might want to visit their own state;
5) Biography Study Activity: students choose a historical figure from a specific state and complete a short biographical profile. The activity is illustrated with a picture of Benjamin Franklin, but this is just an illustration - he is not the assigned subject;
6) Create a Pinning Board: students glue pictures or draw their own of items that represent a particular state - this may be narrowed down to one topic as well;
7) Create a Webquest Activity: students make a short webquest activity using a state government website. They design it for another student or students to complete;
8) Finding Words within Words: a fun puzzle, great for early finishers: students find as many words as they can within the phrase “Fifty Super States”. A couple of challenges are included. An answer key is provided with examples.
9) True or False Activity - The 50 States: Students choose the four statements (out of ten) which are false and explain why they are false. An answer key is provided.
The other resources in this series can be seen by clicking on the links below (the set of activities is included in the 50 State set but not the regional sets):
50 American States Graphic Organizers with 9 Activities
States of the Northeast with 11 Graphic Organizers
States of the Midwest with 12 Graphic Organizers
States of the South with 12 Graphic Organizers
States of the West and Southwest with 15 Graphic Organizers