Activity Overview

Our country has so many wonderful places to visit, and postcards are a fun way to let others know about where you’ve been! In this activity, students will create a postcard from a landmark in the state of their or the teacher’s choosing. The written part must include at least one fact about the landmark, and the picture must accurately depict the location. Students can write the postcard to a friend, family member, or made up character.

Template and Class Instructions

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Objective: Create a postcard from a landmark in a researched state.

Student Instructions:

  1. Create a 2-cell storyboard or use the template provided.
  2. In the left cell, create an image that depicts the landmark or the state in general using an appropriate scene, characters, and items. Be sure to include the state name somehow.
  3. In the right cell, write a note to a friend or family member describing the landmark that you have "visited". You must include at least one fact about the landmark.
  4. On the address lines provided, make up a creative address for the recipient.
  5. Create a fun stamp in the box in the upper right corner.

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.


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Create a postcard for your assigned location that showcases one or more of its amazing sites and features! Include the name of your location and at least one major point of interest along with an illustration. Add other images to your design that represent attributes of your country such as the flag and/or a stamp that uses the correct currency from your location. Write a letter on your postcard that describes the site and why it is important in at least 4-6 sentences.
6 Points
4 Points
1 Points
Includes location name, name of famous site and 4-6 sentence letter with an accurate description of the site and why it is important.
Missing one element of text.
Missing two or more elements of text.
Design and Illustrations
Illustration depicts at least one major site of importance. Overall design includes attributes from the location with appropriate scenes, characters or items.
Illustration depicts important site. Design and attributes are present but are unclear or incomplete.
Illustration and design do not depict important sites or attributes of the location.

How to Integrate Postcards of State Landmarks into Geography Lessons


Introducing State Landmarks and Geographic Concepts

Start by discussing what landmarks are and why they are important to a state's geography and culture. Introduce the chosen state(s) and provide a brief overview of its key geographic features and landmarks. Explain how these landmarks are not only tourist attractions but also play a role in the state's identity and history.


Researching State Landmarks

Assign students or allow them to choose a landmark from the state. Guide them in researching the landmark, focusing on its geographical location, historical significance, and cultural impact. Encourage the use of various resources such as books, online articles, and educational videos for comprehensive research.


Creating the Postcard

Provide materials for students to create their postcards. This could include paper, coloring materials, and access to computers for those who wish to create digital postcards. Instruct students to design the front of the postcard with a drawing or image of the landmark, and on the back, write a brief informative piece about the landmark, including interesting facts or historical data they found during their research.


Sharing and Discussing Postcards

Have students present their postcards to the class, sharing information about their chosen landmark. Facilitate a class discussion on how these landmarks contribute to the geographical diversity and cultural richness of the state. Encourage students to reflect on how geography and human activity have shaped these landmarks over time.

Frequently Asked Questions about State Landmarks

What makes state landmarks significant, and why should they be preserved?

State landmarks hold significant value as they are tangible representations of a state's history, culture, and achievements. They serve as physical reminders of past events, architectural feats, or natural wonders, providing a direct link to our heritage. Preserving these landmarks is crucial for maintaining this connection for future generations, offering educational opportunities, and fostering a sense of community and identity. They are not just relics of the past; they are living symbols that tell the stories of the people and events that have shaped the state. Preservation efforts ensure that these stories remain part of the collective memory and continue to educate and inspire.

Are state landmarks a fixed list, or can new landmarks be added?

The list of state landmarks is dynamic and can evolve over time. New landmarks are often added as places gain historical or cultural significance, reflecting the ongoing narrative of the state's development. This process typically involves a thorough evaluation by historical societies or preservation boards to determine a site's eligibility based on its historical, cultural, or architectural importance. Conversely, some landmarks may be delisted due to various reasons, such as destruction, deterioration, or loss of historical significance. This evolving nature of the list ensures that it remains relevant and representative of the state's current and historical identity.

How can teachers integrate state landmarks into their curriculum effectively?

Teachers can effectively incorporate state landmarks into their curriculum by using them as tangible teaching tools that bring history and culture to life. Organizing field trips to nearby landmarks can provide students with hands-on learning experiences that are more impactful than traditional classroom settings. In subjects like history, geography, and social studies, teachers can create projects or assignments that involve researching the history and significance of these landmarks. Digital resources, such as virtual tours or online databases, can be utilized for landmarks that are not easily accessible. By integrating these landmarks into lessons, teachers can foster a deeper understanding and appreciation of the state's heritage, encourage critical thinking, and connect past events to contemporary issues.

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