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You can have students (randomly) pick a state and make a brochure about it. This kind of assignment can be adapted for various continents and countries too. Classroom Idea, En Lapbook, Des Région, Geography Bulletin Boards Idea, Tours Des, States Projects, U.S. States, States Reports, Social Study
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What does your state do best? I'm cool with what my adopted state (Maryland) is known for, but less so for what my home state (Pennsylvania) is. But at least I don't live in Rhode Island or Illinois. Sorry to those residents.