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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 Pennsylvania. Here are some examples of fun facts:

  • The chocolate capital of the world is Hershey, Pennsylvania.
  • The Declaration of Independence was signed in Philadelphia in 1776.
  • During World War II, the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Philadelphia Eagles merged for the 1943 season to become the “Steagles”. This was due to the loss of players fighting in the war.
  • The town of Punxsutawney in Pennsylvania is home to the weather forecasting groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil.
  • The first piano was built in Philadelphia in 1775.

Template and Class Instructions

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Due Date:

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

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.
  5. Click "Save and Exit" when you are done.

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

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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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