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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!

  • Grade 3
  • 30 to 60 minutes
  • Directions

    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.

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