What better way to introduce your students to a short online research project than with a state report? There are lots of fun state history project ideas for teachers to share with their elementary students to get them excited about the unique history of their state. These ideas don’t have to involve lots of prep either, but your students will love doing the work themselves as they learn more about their state. Just set up some links to a few reliable websites and watch your researchers take off!
Online Research with Kid-Friendly Websites
A quick search on the Internet will give you more websites than you really have time to use with your students. Here are some of my favorite kid-friendly websites for researching state history:
- Enchanted Learning – you don’t have to be a paid subscriber to this website in order to take advantage of the facts and symbols listed for each state
- 50 States – offers a variety of state facts in lots of fun formats
- National Geographic – beautiful photographs make this a very visually appealing website for kids
I also want to encourage you to check out the official government website of your respective state. Some states (like my state of Missouri) have fantastic web pages packed with state historical facts written specifically for kids.
Almost every state in the Union has one special day each year to celebrate the state. Consider coordinating your state history project with your state’s holiday. Not sure when your state has its celebration? Back to the Internet! You can do a search by simply typing in [state name] Day and see what results you get. For example, Missouri Day is always the third Wednesday in October. But be warned – you may want to double-check your source of information. I found one website that claimed National Missouri Day was celebrated on January 4. I confirmed my state’s holiday by going to the Missouri Secretary of State’s official website to verify my dates. You might want to do something similar, just to be sure.
State History Project Ideas
Once your students have researched lots of state facts, it’s time to have them create something with one of these state history project ideas.
- BROCHURE – I found this brochure template for Google Slides on the Internet as one option.
- FOLDABLE – Alternatively, you can have students create a foldable and simply write their facts under the appropriate flaps.
- POSTER – Download a copy of your state’s map and have students locate and label important cities and geographical features. Glue the map onto a piece of construction paper for display.
Print-and-Go State Research Project
Need something already made? I created a 4-page poster project for my 4th graders to complete as part of our state history unit. Unfortunately for me, my state realigned our standards and now that unit has gone to 3rd grade! Oh, well. You can a custom-designed state research project unique to your state – not a generic template – at my TpT store. I’m offering one page from that project as a freebie in this post to help get you started so you have lots of state history project ideas to use with your students. How do you celebrate your state’s special history and heritage? Share your ideas in the comments below! Happy Teaching!