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 Illinois. Here are some examples of fun facts:

  • The Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower) is one of the tallest buildings in the United States.
  • On Saint Patrick’s Day the Chicago River is dyed green.
  • Illinois was the first state to abolish slavery by ratifying the thirteenth amendment.
  • The favored dance in Illinois is Square Dancing.
  • The world’s largest library is the Chicago Public Library. It has over 2 million books!
  • McDonald’s headquarters is located in Chicago, Illinois.

Template and Class Instructions

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Due Date:

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

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

Grade Level 3-6

Difficulty Level 2 (Reinforcing / Developing)

Type of Assignment Individual

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.


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Illinois State Guide

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