Studying State Symbols
In social studies, my students study our state's symbols. The students are given minimal information on the symbols, so in order to expand our knowledge students do their own research (primarily using the Internet) and write mini reports along with drawings of the symbols. The reports are then shared with the class and later displayed. Our final activity is to create a new state seal. We pretend that the Governor has appointed us to do this duty. Each student is given a piece of art paper with a double circle already printed on it. They do a rough draft and then copy it onto a clean sheet. I proudly display all of our newly designed state seals in the hallway for everyone to enjoy.