Social Studies & The Old "State" Report

It is pretty common in every upper elementary school for kids to do a report about a state. Usually, the expectations for the report are well defined -- where is the capitol? what is the weather like? List three interesting facts? etc.

The assignment can have more of an inquiry focus if students decide on their own questions.

Step One: Messing About

Read about Wisconsin:


Each person in your group should read a little from a different sources about the state of Florida.

Step Two: Brainstorm and Select
Brainstorm a list of questions that you might want to learn more about. After you have a long list, select the one you want to work with.

Step Three: Research
Use the web to research your question. Summarize your research in a poster.

Step Four: Be ready to communicate your results to the whole group!

Our question: What is the impact of tourism in FL - and how does tourism affect the housing market, drug trade, native population, economy and wildlife?