State Projects and Activities

A state research project is the perfect summative activity for any U.S. Region, Geography class, expository text, or general research unit of study. Students will love learning about state landmarks, mottos, geography, history, and so much more!

Student Activities for State Projects

Essential Questions for State Projects

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

State Projects

As Americans, it is important for adults and children alike to know about where we live. We are made up of 50 states, all with a unique history, geography, culture, and way of life. Learning about these states helps us connect with our country, and understand that even though we are all united, we are still very unique and special.

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 create a historical timeline, a postcard, a spider map, and a vocabulary storyboard. 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.

How to Plan a State Research Project


Define your Research Objectives

Think about what you are hoping to learn about your state. This will help guide your research. Write a list of topics that you will research such as geography, population, landmarks, etc.


Select a State

When choosing a state to research, be sure that it is one that you are interested in! The more excited you are to learn about the state, the better the outcome will be.


Conduct Research

Using your objectives as a guide, conduct your research using books and websites. Be sure to use your own words when taking notes.


Create and Present!

How will you present your project? A storyboard is always a great way to wow your audience! You could also make a poster, a slideshow, or even a video!

Frequently Asked Questions about State Research Projects

How do I choose a state to research?

When choosing a state, be sure it is one that you are interested in learning all about! It is important that you want to spend time learning about the state, so that you produce your best work.

What are some topics that I should research about my state?

Some popular topics to research about a state are: geography, population, climate, popular places to visit, fun facts, state motto, state capital, large cities, and even famous people from that state.

What resources should I use to conduct my research?

There are lots of kid-friendly websites for state research. You could also use books in your class library such as social studies text books.

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