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Activity Overview


Each state in our country has its own unique fun facts that kids will love to discover. For this activity, students will create a 3 cell storyboard that depicts some interesting facts they have learned about California. Teachers can encourage students to research their own fun facts, or provide a list of ones for students to look at specifically.

Here are some examples students could choose from:

California has the largest population in the United States.

California is home to Death Valley, the hottest desert in North America.

Since Disneyland opened in 1955, over 750 million people have visited.

The world’s largest tree, the General Sherman, is located in Sequoia National Park.

The first McDonald’s opened in San Bernadino in 1940.


Template and Class Instructions

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Due Date:

Objective: Create a 3 cell storyboard that describes and illustrates 3 interesting facts about California.

Student Instructions:

  1. Click “Start Assignment”.
  2. Write a fun fact in each heading.
  3. In the description box, write a short summary of each heading.
  4. Create an illustration that represents each heading using appropriate scenes, characters, and items.

Lesson Plan Reference

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/W/4/2] Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.
  • [ELA-Literacy/W/4/7] Conduct short research projects that build knowledge through investigation of different aspects of a topic.
  • [ELA-Literacy/W/4/8] Recall relevant information from experiences or gather relevant information from print and digital sources; take notes and categorize information, and provide a list of sources.

Rubric

(You can also create your own on Quick Rubric.)


Fun Facts Rubric
Used with US States Fun Facts
Proficient
5 Points
Emerging
3 Points
Beginning
1 Points
Explanation
Three fun facts about the state are included. The descriptions are clear and at least two sentences.
Two fun facts about the state are included. The descriptions can be understood but it are somewhat unclear.
One or no fun facts are included. The descriptions are unclear and are not at least two sentences.
Illustrations
The illustrations represent the descriptions using appropriate scenes, characters and items.
The illustrations relate to the descriptions, but are difficult to understand.
The illustrations do not clearly relate to the descriptions.
Evidence of Effort
Work is well written and carefully thought out.
Work shows some evidence of effort.
Work shows little evidence of any effort.
Conventions
Spelling, grammar, and punctuation are mostly correct.
Spelling, grammar, and punctuation are somewhat correct.
Spelling, grammar, and punctuation are mostly incorrect.





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