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In this reference lesson, students research and present state facts on a poster
Computers & Internet, Social Studies, Art
6, 5, 4
Title – States Trivia
By – Wendy Lassiter
Primary Subject – Social Studies
Secondary Subjects – Art, Computers / Internet
Grade Level – 4-6
This lesson is specifically for southern states, but can be adapted to include all states or other regions.
Teaching Strategy: Whole Group/Working in pairs
- Investigation and location of the southern states of the United States
II. Behavioral Objectives:
- At the conclusion of this lesson,
- the students will be able to:
- A. Locate the southern states and their capitals on a map of the United States (ACOS #1)
- B. Use reference sources to locate various information about the state being investigated (ACOS #2 and #3).
III. Alabama Course of Study:
- A. Social Studies #1 – Extend the development of map and globe skills.
- B. Social Studies #2 – Read, interpret, and organize information using a variety of sources and tools.
- C. Social Studies #3 – Apply reference skills in independent investigations of selected topics.
- reference sources of U.S. southern states
Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Tennessee, Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, North Carolina, and South Carolina ( www.50states.com );
- blank U.S. map for each student ( www.50states.com );
- poster board or construction paper;
- white paper;
- large pull-down map;
- art supplies;
V. Teaching/Learning Procedures:
- A. Motivation:
- 1. Ask students to think of some cool things about living in the south. Have students share with class.
- 2. Tell students that they are going to work in pairs to draw and investigate some interesting facts about a southern state.
- B. Instructional Procedures:
- 1. Divide students into pairs.
- 2. Assign each pair a southern state to investigate and distribute reference sources (or allow students to visit computer lab and investigate online).
- 3. Tell students that they are to find the following information about their state: state name, capital city, admission to statehood date, state bird, state flower, state song, nickname, motto, economy information, and two interesting facts or trivia.
- 4. List above information on board and distribute white paper for students to draw state and construction paper that the state will be cut and pasted to.
- 5. Tell students that they are to draw and label their state and its capital, and list information about their state on the back (of construction paper).
- C. Closure: (DAY 2)
- 1. Have students share with class. Each pair takes turns identifying their state and capital on large pull-down map and telling some interesting facts about their state.
- 2. When all pairs have identified their state, capital, and interesting facts, distribute blank U.S. maps and have students label the southern states discussed.
- 3. Staple pages together to form a reference for future use.
- Evaluation is based on teacher observation for participation, completed projects, and labeling of states quiz.
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