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State Project Guidelines


Each member of the class has been assigned to research a state within the United States. The project will count for 40% of the third term’s grade. The project will contain 3 components:


I.              Draw a map of your state

Each map must be hand drawn and resemble the outline of the state you are presenting. The map itself must be a minimum of 8 ½ “ by 11”. The hand drawn map should be mounted on poster paper – not to exceed 24” by 36”.


Labels Required on the Map

·      State name and abbreviation

·      Capital of the state (placed in approximate location)

·      Landforms that can be found in the state (rivers, mountains, plateaus, plains, coastlines, etc.)

·      At least one city or town that can be found in the North, South, East and West of the state. (All 4 places should be in the proper locations- as close as possible).

·      All states, countries, oceans or landforms that border your state. (For example, Massachusetts is bordered on the east by the Atlantic Ocean, on the southeast by Rhode Island, on the southwest by Connecticut, to the west by New York, to the northwest by Vermont, and to the northeast by New Hampshire).

·      Map Key – make a map key that shows the different symbols that you use on your map.

·      Fun Facts – include fun facts about your state or the cities/towns within the state. Use the border around your map to make it interesting, such as; State birds, fossils, state flowers, famous people from there, etc.

·      Add Color – make it POP! You can use hand drawn pictures, computer generated illustrations or photographs.

·      Label in which region it can be found

·      Take your time and be neat!




II.          Write a report on your state


Students are required to write a report on their state.


·      It can be typed or hand written or printed.

·      Regardless of format, it must be neat and presented in final draft form.

·      Messy writing will not be tolerated.

·      Misspellings will automatically cause points to be deducted.

·       Rough drafts with notes must be passed in with the finished product.

·      If parents help with the typing, the students must write the complete draft from which the report is taken.

·      Assistance from family members is encouraged but the information from the report must have been gathered and edited by the student.

·      Begin your report with an introductory paragraph that introduces your state and the main points being presented.

·      Write at least 4 to 5 paragraphs that clearly describe the different aspects of your state.

·      End the report with a closing paragraph that summarizes what you learned.


Topics to Include in Your Report


·      Geography  - describe your state’s location within the United States. Include which states, countries and/or major bodies of water border it. Name the capital, major cities, size of your state and how it ranks in size compared to other states.

·      Climate – what type of climate does your state have and how does it affect the growing season of crops? Remember climate is the weather over a period of time – not just the temperature on a given day.

·      Population – give the latest population figures you can find. Be sure to tell what year your information came from. How does your state rank in terms of other states in regards to size? When did it become admitted as a state?

·      What do the people of the state do for a living? In other words, what are the state’s primary industries? What kind of agricultural products come from there?

·      State Symbols – Describe the symbols that the state selected to represent it. Write about the state flag – what it looks like and when it was adopted. When was the state admitted to the union? What is your state’s bird, fossil, flower, motto, song, etc.? Does it have any other unusual symbols like a state reptile, dinosaur, rock, dance or even food?

·      Something Special – Tell what is special about your state. Were there any famous people who came from there? What does it have that other states do not have? For example, tell about national parks, national monuments, historic battlefields, important places or historic events that happened in your state (i.e. The Boston Tea Party).


III   The Presentation


Each student will be expected to present his/her state project to the class. Students will not be allowed to read from their reports. That is why it is important to include as much information as possible on the map, so that it can be used as a presentation guide. Students are advised to write bullet points of information on index cards that can then be used during the presentation.



Cite your References


Attached is a sheet to help guide you in citing your references. As we discussed, you must write down where you got your information. This is called a Bibliography and it must be on a separate sheet of paper at the end of your report.


If you have any questions, please feel free to come to me for clarification.

Most of this work will be done at home. Although some time will be set aside for research and note taking in school, the majority is to be done as a homework assignment.


Due Date – May 5, 2017






Biography Project Guidelines


Basic Requirements:

            Book must be approved by May 1st

            Draft must be turned in by May 12th

            Final report due May 17th 

            Report must have a cover page with student’s name, the name of

            the person being portrayed, title and author of the biography

            and a picture/photo/likeness of the person being portrayed


Paragraph #1: The early years

            Identify the person you are reporting on

            Include birthdate and birthplace

            Provide information about the person’s family (parents, siblings)

            Include important details about the person’s childhood

            Include the person’s education/schooling (if available)


Paragraph #2: Adulthood

            What type of work did your person do?

            Explain the importance of your person’s work

            Describe his/her adult life (what type of person was she/he)

            Tell whether or not your person is still alive. If he/she has died,

            give that date and any other important information about their


Paragraph #3:Closing

            Why did you choose this person?

            What was the most impressive thing about your person?

            How has this person inspired you?

            What is the most interesting thing you learned about this person?

            Write a clincher about your person to end your report



Here are some links for practice:
Long division
Long Division 2
Study Stack
Map Quiz

Here is our Request for Supplies for Grade 4:

Grade Four Supply List


4 one-subject Composition notebooks (min. of 70 pages)

6 basic two pocket (1 yellow, 1 red, 1 green, 1 orange, 1 blue, 1 purple)

1 Sturdy Homework folder

1 pack colored pencils (12 or 24 count)

1 enclosed pencil sharpener

1 pkg. Disinfectant wipes

2 boxes tissues

12 sharpened Pencils # 2 (Ticonderoga brand preferred)

1 pkgs.  3X5 index card

Protractor (for home use)

Every student should have available at home, pencils, a ruler, and a dictionary

*Please note that most of these items can be on sale at Target, Walmart, and many other places over the summer.  It does not matter what brand you buy, whatever is the cheapest.