Part 1 Overview
For the majority of my 5th grade students this will be their first exposure to a large-scale research project. It is a momentous task for the teacher to manage 25 different projects and be available for one on one help while ensuring that no one falls down the rabbit hole of time. Parents are excited to see their child’s work on State Day and an unfinished project can lead to hurt feelings.
It takes about a month to complete everything prior to State Day. Parents are invited to the gym on a Friday morning for a few hours and the students run their state booth. Most students bring food from their state and dress up in state-related clothes and other grades are invited to view and eat their way through the United States. It is a popular event for the school. In the afternoon, my students present their reports to the class. It is a great day, but it can be an incredible undertaking. Even if you are not going to the extreme of a State Day, I hope these tips will help you and your students have a positive experience.
For this series I will be using my 50 State Report Bundle but you can use any packet that you have.