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Activity Overview

Understanding state research means understanding the terminology that goes along with it. In this activity, students will display their knowledge of key terms relating to their research of the United States. Students will create a 3-cell spider map that illustrates and defines new vocabulary. Students should be encouraged to choose words that they recognize from the suggested word bank below.

Example Vocabulary for US State Research

  • Civics
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • History
  • Landmark
  • Capital City
  • Border
  • Region
  • Culture
  • Motto
  • Population
  • Population Density
  • Climate
  • Landform
  • Natural Resource
  • Product

Template and Class Instructions

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Objective: Create a 3-cell storyboard that defines 3 key terms for state research.

Student Instructions:

  1. In the title box, type the term.
  2. In the description box, type the definition as it relates to the study of United States.
  3. Create scenes for each term using appropriate scenes, characters, and items.

Lesson Plan Reference

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/4/4] Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including those that allude to significant characters found in mythology (e.g., Herculean).
  • [ELA-LITERACY/CCRA/L/4] Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases by using context clues, analyzing meaningful word parts, and consulting general and specialized reference materials, as appropriate.


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Define and illustrate each of the key terms.
7 Points
4 Points
1 Points
The vocabulary words are correctly defined.
The meaning of the vocabulary words can be understood but it is somewhat unclear.
The vocabulary word is not clearly defined
The storyboard illustrations clearly depict the meaning of the vocabulary words.
The illustrations relate to the meaning of the vocabulary words but it they are difficult to understand.
The illustrations do not clearly relate to the meaning of the vocabulary words.
Evidence of Effort
Work is well written and carefully thought out.
Work shows some evidence of effort.
Work shows little evidence of any effort.

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