State the Facts, A Guide to Studying your State, is a consumable workbook that is designed to help kids do independent research on their state or any other US state. This workbook is intended for ages 8 and up. At the beginning of the book is a short section on How to Use This Book. The information tells kids and parents that the book can be worked through in order or you can skip around and complete different sections in the order you like. We used the skip around method to record information in different sections, picking sections of interest first. There are some sections that have questions to answer, some that involve drawing, and some that are more open ended for a report. This variety gives options and you can pick and choose which sections to use so that kids are not only learning about a state; they're also learning about how to do research.
As students complete State: The Facts, they'll end up with a book all about the state of their choice as a finished product. This book is written in such a way that kids can go back and read it or share it with others. Here are some of the topics kids can research about their state with the book:
When and how the state was admitted to the US
Famous people in the state
A look at how the state has changed over the years
Animals and plants in the state
State weather- including a weather chart to complete
Field trips in the state
All in all, I really like this book as a study guide. I especially like the variety of research it has kids doing. It's a good way to study your own state or any US state you may be learning about and it's a good way to begin getting kids doing research. Leah C.