State Report: Part 2

Preparation

To prepare for the project I start by making the necessary copies. I usually have 25 students. I partner with another teachers and they do the other 25 states.

Time-Saving Tip:  Print everything and share with your partner teacher.  If you don’t have a partner, and you know you are going to do this next year; just keep the other states for next year.  Just make sure to keep the undrawn state papers separated, so the next year’s students only draw the states you have printed.  

Copies

If you are using my 50 State Bundle, I have set up the files so you only have to print once. Print the following:

  • Print the PDF- 50 State Report Cover Pages
  • Print the PDF- 50 State Report Physical Maps
  • Print 1 State Report Research Topics (Make 50 Copies)
  • Print 1 State Expansion Research Papers (Make 50 Copies)
  • Print Choice of Rubrics (Make 50 Copies)

If you are in 4th grade and doing one state, print once, and then make enough copies for your class of the topics you would like them to research.

In order to keep all of my copies organized I use this basket.  You can flip the paper both directions to keep papers organized, have easy access, and there are no folded corners.

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Sterilite Large Basket 17×13

Grade As the Students Finish Each Section

If you are using my State Research Report from Teachers Pay Teachers then open the “State Report Grade Book” from the files. This will help to manage the grading while the students are finishing each page. Fill out the grading worksheet with your student’s names. The spreadsheet is editable. It is easy to copy from your online grade book roster and paste the names into the Excel program. Just print, and as the students complete each page of research, grade them and keep this as a record to enter in the online grade book. This will also give you an idea of research progress and if students are not managing their time.

Look for Part 3 coming soon discussing how to assign and manage a State Report project. If you are looking for a State Report template for your students, see my store at Teachers Pay Teachers – Learning in an Hour. 50 State Report Bundle and all individual states are available.

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State Report Series

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.

50 State Report