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B'ville: All about the 50 states

Fifth-grade students at McNamara Elementary School recently finished a state research project that incorporated several of the district's benchmarks in English Language Arts, as well as library benchmarks.

Each student was responsible for researching a state and creating an oral presentation. While preparing their reports, students strengthened their note taking, researching and writing skills, learned the importance of citing sources, utilized Google maps, and learned how to download and upload images on the computer. They also had practice with Glogster, a web site on which users can create posters, and they used Microsoft Word and PowerPoint to create visual presentations that complemented their oral presentations.

Student reports featured information such as a state's economy, weather, important cities and interesting people.

Fifth-grader Nick Huwe gives his oral presentation on Nevada to his classmates at McNamara Elementary School.

Isabella Barnett tells her class about Rhode Island, the state she researched for a fifth-grade project at McNamara Elementary School.

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