Researching the 50 State Quarters

I like to use the states to research with different types of resources because there are fifty states, and I have never had more than fifty students at once, (48 once!) so every student can be working on a different state at the same time.  Besides reading for information, I like students to practice writing bibliography citations for different kinds of resources. I wanted them to research using the computers, but I don’t have enough computers for everyone to work on at once, so I decided to print out information from the internet for them to use. Information about the state quarters is not information readily available in books, encyclopedias or almanacs, so it is a good subject for internet research.  Plus, nearly every class has a least one student whose family collects state quarters, so I was hoping it would be a high-interest subject too. I printed out information for each state quarter from World Book Online, which my school has a subscription to, but I found a really nice print out from the U.S. Mint, which you can get here. I made sure the bibliography citation was on every sheet, and I laminated each one. I introduce this lesson with a PowerPoint presentation that describes the program and how to write a bibliography citation from the Internet.  Then I give them the booklet to record their research. This is a full page booklet, folded in half and placed on two boxes in the lapbook. The book takes three pages of paper and provides space to research ten quarters. You certainly can put more or less pages in the book. Students randomly select a laminated copy of the state quarter print outs and take it back to their seats to start researching. They draw a picture of the quarter in the box, find three facts about the quarter to write and copy down the bibliography citation. The facts about the quarter should talk about the symbols on the quarter and why they were chosen to include in the design.  When they finish, they exchange their print … [Read more...]