5th Grade State Project

Julie Smith

Washington Elementary

Washington County School District

St. George, Utah

 

10 day Unit

 

Utah Core Social Studies Objectives:

Standard 1

Students examine the sequence of events that led to the development of the New World and the United States. Objective 1: Generate reasons for exploration and settlement in the New World. Determine reasons for exploration of North America; e.g., economic, religious, political, adventure. Trace development of North American colonies.

 

Standard 4

Students analyze the contributions of key individuals and groups on the development of the New World and the United States. Objective 1

Analyze the role of American Indians, explorers, and leaders in the development of the New World. Explain the contributions of American Indians to the success of colonization. Describe the role of early explorers in North America. Explain the reasons early leaders established the first colonies; e.g., religion, expansion, economics.

 

Assignments

 

Each student will select a different state and complete a project about that state. All students will be required to complete the "C" level activities and present them to the class. If the student wishes to earn a "B" grade, they must complete the "C" level requirements, and 4 of the "B" level activities. If they wish to earn an "A" grade, they must complete the "C" level activities and 4 "B" level activities and 1 of the "A" level activities.

 

"C" level assignments: Required for all students: 65 points possible

Each of these assignments is worth 5 points.

 

- Fill out a questionnaire about your state.

- Make a hand drawn and colored picture of your state's flag.

- Make a hand drawn and colored picture of your state's bird.

- Make a hand drawn and colored picture of your state's flower and

†† tree.

- Make a hand drawn and colored map of your state.

- Make a postage stamp for your state.

- Write a radio broadcast telling about one historic area in your

†† state and present it during your presentation.

- Draw pictures or make a collage in the picture of a suitcase that

†† shows things you should pack when traveling to your state.

- Make a list of things that you would pack to visit your state and

†† tell why you would include them.

- Complete a travel log of the pretend visit to your state.

- Document 3 sources that you used to find information about your

†† state.

- Learn and recite your state's motto during your presentation.

- Give a 5-10 minute presentation about your state for the class.

††

 

 

 

"B" level assignments: Four are required for a "B" grade:

20 points possible

 

- Draw a picture of your favorite souvenir from your state.

- Make up a slogan to advertise your state.

- Create a postcard of your state during the day.

- Create a postcard of your state at night.

- Write a one page report about the origin of your state's flag.

- Write a one page report about the origin of your state's bird.

- Write a one page report about the origin of your state's flower and

†† tree.

- Make a 1minute radio announcement that gives a report about one

†† tourist attraction in your state, and record it on a cassette or CD.

- Learn and sing your state's song for the class.

†† Each of these assignments is worth 5 points.

 

"A" level assignments:One is required for an "A" grade:

15 points possible

 

- Type a 3 page, double spaced report about a famous person from your †††

†† state.

- Type a 3 page, double spaced report about places to visit in your

†† state.

- Make a miniature parade float out of a shoe box that displays the

†† sights of your state.

- Make a travel brochure advertising your state.

- Create a 3 minute radio broadcast about your state and record it on

†† a cassette or CD.

- Make a diorama of your state that could be used for advertisement ††

purposes.

- Create a poster of your state that may be used for advertisement

†† purposes. Each of these assignments is worth 15 points.

 

 

 

 

State Project Unit

Rubric

"C" Level Activities:

 

Questionnaire: 5 points

Each student will complete a questionnaire about their state that includes the state capital, animal, tree, flower, song, nickname, population, governor, year that it became a state, and a paragraph that summarizes the state's history.This should be completed in the student's best handwriting in blue or black ink.

 

State Flag:5 points

Each student will draw and color a picture of their state's flag on 8 1/2 x 11 inch art paper. The flag will look like the real thing. This should be the student's best work.

 

 

 

State Bird:5 points

Each student will draw and color a picture of their state's bird on 8 1/2 x 11 inch art paper. The bird will look like the real thing. This should be the student's best work.

 

 

State Flower and Tree:5 points

Each student will draw and color a picture of their state's flower and tree on 8 1/2 x 11 inch art paper. The picture should resemble the real thing. This should be the student's best work.

 

State Map:5 points

Each student will draw a picture of their state that they will make into a map. They will include roads, lakes, rivers, cities, and landmarks. The map needs to be colored and the student needs to use their best penmanship and do their best work. They should also include a key.

 

Postage Stamp:5 points

Each student will design and create a postage stamp that represents their state. They need to keep in mind the information that they have learned about the history of their state, and represent it on the stamp. The stamp needs to be in color and needs to be the studentís best work.

 

Radio Broadcast:5 points

Each student will write a radio broadcast telling about one historic area in their state and present it to the class during their presentation. This broadcast should be informative, and no more that 1 minute long. It should give the history and tourist information of the site.

 

Suitcase:†† 5 points

Based on the student's research, they will draw or paste pictures of things that they would need to pack if they were going to visit their state. The student needs to think about weather, climate, tourist attractions, etc. This needs to be done in the student's best work.

 

Packing List:5 points

The student will list the things that they included in their suitcase in their best handwriting and tell why each would be an important item to include when visiting their state.

 

Travel Log:†† 5 points

Each student will complete a travel log for a pretend visit to their state. They need to complete it as if they were starting at their home and traveling to their state. They should include places that they stopped along the way, sites that they saw, and any other interesting information. It should be done in journal format, and in the student's best handwriting.

 

3 documented Sources: 5 points

Each student must include at least 3 documented sources of where they found their information. This can include internet sites, books, magazines, newspapers, etc. The sources need to be documented on their questionnaire that they will turn in.

 

State Motto:5 points

Each student will learn and recite their state's motto. They will memorize it word for word and recite it for the class during their presentation.

 

 

Presentation:5 points

Each student will present their state to the class using all of the information that they have gathered. They will use the pictures that they have drawn for avisual aid. They will cover all of the concepts on the questionaire in their presentation, and are welcome to include any other extra material. This presentation should last 5-10 minutes. The student will be required to answer questions and should have a vast knowledge of their state.

 

"B" Level Activities:

 

Favorite Souvenir:5 points

Based on their research, the students will come up with a souvenir that they could bring home after visiting their state. It needs to have a connection to a landmark, tourist attraction, or the history of the state.They need to draw or paste a picture of it on their ticket, and label it in their best handwriting.

 

Slogan: 5 points

Each student will make up a slogan to advertise their state.It doesnít have to rhyme, but needs to be catchy and informative.It needs to be an advertisement of why someone should visit their state.This needs to be written in their best handwriting.

 

Day Postcard:5 points

Each student will design and create a postcard of their state in the day time.It can represent a landmark, famous person, famous building, etc.It needs to be done in color and needs to be the studentís best work.

 

Night Postcard:5 points

Each student will design and create a postcard of their state at night.It can represent a landmark, famous person, famous building, etc.It needs to be done in color and needs to be the studentís best work.

 

 

Report on the Origin of the State Flag:5 points

Each student will do research and will write a one page report on the origin of their stateís flag.The report should be typed, double spaced, or written in blue or black ink in the studentís best handwriting.The report should reflect the studentís knowledge of the subject.

 

Report on the Origin of the State Bird:5 points

Each student will do research and will write a one page report on the origin of their stateís bird.The report should be typed, double spaced, or written in blue or black ink in the studentís best handwriting.The report should reflect the studentís knowledge of the subject.

 

Report on the Origin of the State flower and tree:5 pointsEach student will do research and will write a one page report on the origin of their stateís flag.The report should be typed, double spaced, or written in blue or black ink in the studentís best handwriting.The report should reflect the studentís knowledge of the subject.

 

Radio Announcement:5 points

Each student will write and record on a cassette or CD a 1 minute radio broadcast of a tourist attraction in their state.They must reflect a vast knowledge of the history of the site.The student should try to convince others to visit the site through the use of their broadcast.

 

State Song:5 points

Each student will learn and sing their stateís song for the class. They should know the song word for word and should know the tune of their song.

 

 

ďAĒ Level Activities:

 

3 page report on a famous person:15 points

Each student will research a famous person from their state and will type a 3 page, double spaced, report about the personís life and contributions.The report should reflect a vast knowledge about the personís life.

 

3 page report about famous place:15 points

Each student will research a famous place to visit in their state and will type a 3 page, double spaced, report about the history of the site.The report should reflect a vast knowledge about the why people visit the place, and its historical value.

 

Miniature Float:15 points

Each student will creat a miniature float made from a shoe box that represents their stateís history.It needs to contain representations of pictures, people, and historical landmarks.The float should be an overall summary of the history of the state.This should be the studentís best work.

 

3 minute radio broadcast: 15 points

Each student will write and record on a cassette or CD a 3 minute radio broadcast about the history of their entire state.The broadcast should be an advertisement for their state.It should contain factual information and be accuarte.This should be the studentís best work.

 

Diorama:15 points

Each student will create a diorama that represents their stateís history.It should be colorful and can be done in any medium.It should reflect the studentís vast knowledge of their state, and should be done in the studentís best work.It should not be bigger than 2 feet by 2 feet by 2 feet.

 

Each student will create an advertisement poster for their state.They should try to make it as professional looking as possible.They may draw their own pictures or find them on the computer or in a magazine. The poster should reflect the stateís history and should have a catchy saying.The poster should be done in the studentís best work.