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Nevada State Guide & Activities

Nevada is located in the West region of the United States and is bordered by California, Oregon, Idaho, Utah, and Arizona. 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.

Student Activities for Nevada State Guide

Essential Questions for Nevada

  1. What are some significant events in the history of Nevada?
  2. What are some facts and features that make Nevada unique?
  3. What are some interesting places in Nevada that people would want to visit?

All About Nevada

Date of Statehood: October 31, 1864 (36th state)

State Motto: All for Our Country

State Nickname: Silver State

State Bird: Mountain Bluebird

State Tree: The Single-Leaf Pinyon

State Flower: Sagebrush

Tourist Attractions: The Hoover Dam, Lake Tahoe, Las Vegas, Lake Mead National Recreation Area, and Great Basin National Park.

Famous Citizens of Nevada: Andre Agassi, Bryce Harper, Sonny Bono, and Patricia Ryan Nixon.

Capital City: Carson City

Major Cities: Las Vegas, Reno, and Henderson.

Brief History of Nevada

Thousands of years ago, Native American tribes such as the Washoe, Western Shoshone, and Northern and Southern Paiute lived on the land we now know as Nevada. Spain claimed the land in 1519, and it became part of Mexico many years later in 1821. After the Mexican-American War ended in 1848, the area was taken over by the United States. Shortly after the Gold Rush, silver and gold were discovered in the area in 1859, and many people migrated to and settled in the area in hopes of becoming rich.

Students will create a historical timeline, a postcard, a spider map, and a fun facts storyboard showing what they have learned about Nevada. 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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