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Activity Overview

Spider maps are an excellent tool to help students organize facts in a systematic and visual manner. In this activity, students will research one state in the US and use the blank template provided to show what they have learned. Teachers may assign states, or give students the option to choose. This activity could be used as part of a Regions of the United States unit or as part of an informational research unit.

Template and Class Instructions

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Objective: Create a 6 cell web that includes the state motto, major cities, a famous citizen, date of statehood, nickname, and an interesting tourist spot for the state of your choice.

Student Instructions:

  1. Click “Start Assignment”.
  2. Write the state name in the middle space.
  3. Create an illustration that represents each heading (Cities, State Motto, etc.) using appropriate scenes, characters, and items.
  4. Write a short summary of each heading in the space below the illustration.

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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