Rename That State!

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As Shakespeare famously wrote, "A rose by any other name would smell as sweet," but can the same be said for a state? In this elementary geography lesson, students are assigned specific states to research using the information they find to come up with new and improved names for them.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Implement this resource as the culminating project for a geography unit on the 50 states
  • With older students, have them write a persuasive letter trying to convince citizens to adopt their new state names
  • Create a classroom bulletin board to display the postcards students design for their new state names
Classroom Considerations
  • Support students' research efforts by collecting a series of books about the 50 states from your school and/or local library
  • Offers suggestions for differentiating and extending the lesson to meet the needs of all learners
  • Includes a note-taking guide that supports children with researching their state
  • A rubric is included for assessing children's final work
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