State Stats

Join another classroom and together create a huge map of America that showcases specific stats about each state! Each student researches a state chosen by lottery and inside the enlarged outline of that state, draws or writes the most pertinent information about it. Put them all together in a beautiful reference piece for all to see!

  • 1.

    Assign one state to each student and provide a photocopy that has a proportional outline of the state’s shape. Using white paper and Crayola® Erasable Colored Pencils, have students trace their state's shape on their papers.

  • 2.

    Ask students to select only 1 or 2 colors of Crayola Watercolor Paint (perhaps that coordinate with the state license plate). These will be used to paint a light layer of color inside the state's shape. Demonstrate painting lightly to avoid puddles on the paper so that they dry quickly.

  • 3.

    While the watercolor is drying have research basic facts about their state. They can use Crayola Ultra-Clean Markers to write those facts inside their shape, starting at the top writing each fact in a different color.

  • 4.

    Have students carefully cut out their state shape and display as a multi-class map or mount on other paper and use as a front cover of a report.

Standards

  • LA: Use information gained from illustrations and the words in a text to demonstrate understanding of the text.
  • LA: Use knowledge of language and its conventions when writing and reading.
  • LA: Read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, at the high end of the grade level text complexity band independently and proficiently.
  • SS: Interpret, use and distinguish various representations of the earth such as maps, globes and photographs.
  • SS: Use appropriate resources, data sources, and geographic tools such as atlases, data bases, grid systems, charts, graphs, and maps to generate, manipulate, and interpret information.
  • VA: Students will investigate, plan and work through materials and ideas to make works of art and design.

Adaptations

  • Continue this project and focus on another Visual Arts Standard: collaboratively represent, diagram, or map places that are part of the student’s everyday life.
  • Continue this project and focus on another Social Studies Standard: describe and speculate (and create markers to show) physical system changes, such as seasons, climate and weather. Or this: examine the interaction of human being and their physical environment, the use of land, building of cities, and ecosystem changes in selected locales and regions.
  • Incorporate this project with a Science twist, focusing on Standards with Earth Systems.
  • Provide each student with a smaller version of a state and write a personal experience they may have had on each state, such as a vacation or if they were born in another state, or have a relative in other states.