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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 New York. Teachers may give students a list to choose from, or encourage them to research their own!

Here are some examples of fun facts:

  • New York City’s subway system is the longest in the world, with 722 miles of tracks!
  • New York City was the state capital before Albany, from 1785-1790.
  • The first pizzeria in America opened in New York City in 1895.
  • The first American chess tournament was in New York in 1843.
  • Established by Alexander Hamilton in 1803, the “New York Post” is the oldest running newspaper in the country.
  • In 1901, New York was the first state to require cars to have license plates.

Template and Class Instructions

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Due Date:

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

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

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

Fun Facts Rubric
Used with US States Fun Facts
5 Points
3 Points
1 Points
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.
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.
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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