Each booklet also includes a map of the United States. Students can color in the states as they learn about them or they can use it to label the states and capitals.
I have used this project two different ways in my classroom.
One year, we used it as part of our Flat Stanley project. We read the story and each student created their own Flat Stanley. They were then mailed to family/friends across the country, with requests of information about their state. Each time we received a Flat Stanley back, we would record the information in our booklets.
The next year, we participated in a postcard exchange. Our class sent out 49 postcards – one to each state. As we received postcards back from each state, we recorded our information in our booklets. My students loved getting mail!
Studying the States could also be used as an individual or group research project. Another idea is to have the class work together to create one booklet and keep it in the class library. So many ideas!
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