Indiana is a state full of museums, historical colleges, and more! Take a trip with students as they learn all about this midwestern state. A state research project is the perfect summative activity for any U.S. Region, Geography class, or general research unit of study. Students will love learning about state landmarks, mottos, fun facts, history, and so much more! Research is an important skill for children to learn at a young age; it exposes students to expository text, gives them practice determining important information, and enhances note taking and presentation skills. Students will enjoy learning all about Indiana, and why it is such a great place to live and visit.
Date of Statehood: December 11, 1816 (the 19th state)
State Motto: The Crossroads of America
State Nickname: The Hoosier State
State Bird: The cardinal
State Tree: The tulip tree
State Flower: The peony
Tourist Attractions: Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo, Snite Museum of Art and Notre Dame, The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, and Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Famous Citizens of Indiana: Larry Bird, James Dean, Gus Grisson, David Letterman, Dan Quale, and Wilbur Wright.
Capital City: Indianapolis
Major Cities: Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, Evansville, and South Bend.
People have inhabited what is now Indiana for thousands of years. There were a number of Native American tribes living in the region when the Europeans arrived, such as the Shawnee, Illini, and the Miami people. In 1679, French explorer Robert de La Salle arrived, and many French explorers came down from Canada to trade fur. The first trading post was established in 1702, and in 1715, the French built Fort Wayne.
In 1754, the British and the French went to war over the fur trade, which is known as the French and Indian War. The Native Americans and the French were allies, but lost against the British in 1763, making the land a part of the British Empire. Although they lost the war, the Native Americans did not want to give up their land, and continued to fight under their leader, Pontiac.
After the American Revolution, the United States took control of Indiana, and it became a part of the Northwest Territory in 1787. In 1800, the region was named the Indiana territory when Ohio became a state. On December 11, 1816, Indiana was accepted as the 19th state in the United States.
Students will create a historical timeline, a postcard, a spider map, and a fun facts storyboard showing what they have learned about Indiana. Creating these visuals gives the students the opportunity to show their creativity and their unique view of the state that they have researched. In addition, the combined use of words and illustrations allows students with different learning styles to show what they know in an exciting and eye-catching way.
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