For second grade rotation, the students have been researching a state in the U.S. Before starting, they were reacquainted to the different parts of a non-fiction book that make researching so much easier: the table of contents, glossary, and index.
Each one of them has a booklet that they are working in. I got the pages for it in this teacher resource that I purchased from Mardel's.
Look at all the things the kids are learning about their state: the state's capital, natural resources, location in the U.S., the state's nickname, when it was added to the Union, the population, state flower, state bird, state motto, what their state is famous for, famous people who come from their state, landforms, why their state is famous historically, and reasons to visit that state. WOW! That is a whole lot of new knowledge..
We've been using this set of books for students to gather information from. They are perfect for second graders.
Learning about states is fun!