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Curriculum
State Database
Grade: 3-9
Subject(s): Geography
Required products: Tool Factory Database
Materials
  • Tool Factory Database
  • Encyclopedia and/or web access
    Overview
    The class creates a database of the fifty states. Each student is responsible for 2-3 states. Fields in the database may include: date of founding, state flag, state bird, state flower, population, main industry, and colleges. Images can be collected from the internet.
    Instructions
    1) Open Tool Factory Database, click on "Change a Database," and open the "Fifty States Database."
    2) To see an example, click on the "View list" icon near the bottom on the left hand side of the screen. Scroll down through the list of states and double click on "Vermont." Students should look at this record to see what kind of information they should search for as they begin to research each state.
    3) Research may be done through the Internet and in books. Often, websites will have graphics that can be saved to the hard drive by right-clicking on them.
    4) You may want to divide your class into groups of two or three students to research each state. Each group will be responsible for completing the record of that state.
    5) If students would like to add or delete fields, they may do so in the add a field mode. They may change the layout, background, etc. in layout mode.
    6) Remind students to save their work often.
    Follow-up Activities
    Students can use the information compiled in the "Fifty States Database" to write state reports and create 3D presentations.
    Tutorials
  • Using all the features of Tool Factory Database, such as adding fields, layout, and entering data.
    Cross-Curriculum Ideas
    Students may research scientific discoveries, historical dates, economic facts, notable figures in literature and art, and other facts about each state.
    Printable Worksheets
    Mac users: To download, ctrl-click on the worksheet and choose "save link to disk"
  • Fifty States Database
    Downloadable Worksheets
    Mac users: To download, ctrl-click on the worksheet and choose "save link to disk"
  • Fifty States Database
    Correlation
    Choose your standard:
    McREL Geography Standard 2: The student knows the location of places, geographical features, and patterns of the environment.

    Places and Regions Standard 5: The student understands the concepts of regions.