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