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The State of Massachusetts

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Pixton Lesson Plan on The State of Massachusetts
This free, printable Pixton lesson plan brings U.S. geography to life with comics and storyboards.
This free, printable Pixton lesson plan brings U.S. geography to life with comics and storyboards.

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The State of Massachusetts

Step 1Class discussion with students

Getting Started

Review the following information or have students complete a research project.

  • History: In 1497 early explorers, including John Cabot, "discovered" Massachusetts. In 1629, the Pilgrims settled Plymouth and established the Massachusetts Bay Colony in Boston. Between 1675 and 1676, the British claimed land from Native Americans in the King Philip's War. In 1691, the Plymouth and Massachusetts Bay Colonies became the Province of Massachusetts. In 1775, the Revolutionary War began in Boston. In 1788, Massachusetts became the sixth state.
  • Statehood: 6th State - February 6, 1788
  • Name Origin: Based on the Algonquin Indian word "massachussett" meaning "near the great little mountain."
  • Size: 10,555 sq. miles (#44 of 50 states)
  • Population: 6,692,824 (#14 of 50 states)
  • Capital: Boston
  • Border States: Connecticut; New Hampshire; New York; Rhode Island; Vermont
  • Presidents Born in the State: John Adams; John Quincy Adams; John F. Kennedy; George H.W. Bush
  • Agriculture Exports: Greenhouse and Nursery Commodities; Cranberries; Sweet Corn; Apples
  • Industry: Financial Services (Brokerage firms, software firms and insurance companies); Technology; Medicine and Life Sciences; Manufacturing (Computer and Electronic Equipment; Microchips, Military Communication Systems, Automation Products); Fishing; Tourism.
  • Attractions: Freedom Trail in Downtown Boston; Cape Cod Beaches; Minute Man National Historical Park and Lexington Green; Faneuil Hall; Mayflower II and Plymouth Plantation; Salem's Historic Houses; Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary Whale Watching; Old Sturbridge Village; Martha's Vineyard; Norman Rockwell Museum; Historic Deerfield
  • Colleges and Universities: Harvard University; MIT; UMASS-Amherst; Northeastern University; Tufts University; Boston University; Boston College; Babson College; UMASS - Boston; Brandeis University; Wellesley College; Amherst College; Williams College; Emerson College; Smith College
  • Professional Sports: Boston Bruins (NHL); Boston Celtics (NBA); Boston Red Sox (MLB): New England Patriots (NFL); New England Revolution (MLS)
  • Flag: White background and blue shield with a Native American, Massachuset, holding a bow and arrow pointing down to represent peace. The white star represents Massachusetts as one of the original thirteen states. Around the shield is a blue ribbon with the motto: "By the Sword We Seek Peace, but Peace Only Under Liberty". Above the shield is an arm and sword, representing the first part of the motto. Adopted 1915 and amended 1971.
  • Flower: Mayflower
  • Tree: American Elm
  • Animal: The Right Whale
  • Bird: Chickadee
  • Nickname: The Bay State
  • Motto: "By the sword we seek peace, but peace only under liberty"
  • Song: "All Hail to Massachusetts"

Opening Discussion

Discuss the following:

  • What do you already know about Massachusetts (history, attractions, exports and fun facts)?
  • In your opinion, what is Massachusetts most well known for?
  • What states does Massachusetts border?
  • What are the geographical features and climate of Massachusetts?
  • What are the different regions of Massachusetts (Western Massachusetts, Boston Area, Coastal Port Towns )?
  • What would you like to know about Massachusetts?
  • How could you learn more about Massachusetts?
Step 2Pixton comic-making activities
  • Make a Storyboard or Mind Map
    State Fun Facts

    Complete after opening discussion.

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  • Make a Storyboard or Mind Map
    Economy: Agriculture and Industry

    Complete after class discussion.

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  • Make a Storyboard or Mind Map
    Attractions & Destinations

    Complete after class brainstorm or discussion.

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  • Extension / Modification
    Poster (Extension / Modification)

    Create a Poster of the Massachusetts state flag and/or a map of Massachusetts that includes major sights and attractions.

  • Extension / Modification
    Mind Map (Extension / Modification)

    Create a Mind Map to advertise one college or university in Massachusetts.

  • Extension / Modification
    Character Map (Extension / Modification)

    Create a Character Map for the most famous historical figure from Massachusetts.

  • Extension / Modification
    Timeline (Extension / Modification)

    Create a Timeline of Massachusetts' state history.

  • Extension / Modification
    Storyboard (Extension / Modification)

    Create a Storyboard to analyze the lyrics of a Massachusetts song.

Step 3Concluding discussion with students

Discuss the following:

  • Why did Massachusetts become a state?
  • What are the main components of Massachusetts' economy?
  • Why is Massachusetts important to the United States?
  • What makes Massachusetts unique or different than other states?
  • In your opinion, what state is Massachusetts most similar to and why?
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Pixton Activity: The State of Massachusetts 1 State Fun Facts

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  • Storyboard
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Intro

Review the following information or have students complete a research project.

  • History: In 1497, early explorers, including John Cabot, "discovered" Massachusetts. In 1629, the Pilgrims settled Plymouth and established the Massachusetts Bay Colony in Boston. Between 1675 and 1676, the British claimed land from Native Americans in the King Philip's War. In 1691, the Plymouth and Massachusetts Bay Colonies became the Province of Massachusetts. In 1775, the Revolutionary War began in Boston. In 1788, Massachusetts became the sixth state.
  • Statehood: 6th State - February 6, 1788
  • Name Origin: Based on the Algonquin Indian word "massachussett" meaning "near the great little mountain."
  • Size: 10,555 sq. miles (#44 of 50 states)
  • Population: 6,692,824 (#14 of 50 states)
  • Capital: Boston
  • Border States: Connecticut; New Hampshire; New York; Rhode Island; Vermont
  • Presidents Born in the State: John Adams; John Quincy Adams; John F. Kennedy; George H.W. Bush
  • Flag: White background and blue shield with a Native American, Massachuset, holding a bow and arrow pointing down to represent peace. The white star represents Massachusetts as one of the original thirteen states. Around the shield is a blue ribbon with the motto: "By the Sword We Seek Peace, but Peace Only Under Liberty". Above the shield is an arm and sword, representing the first part of the motto. Adopted 1915 and amended 1971.
  • Flower: Mayflower
  • Tree: American Elm
  • Animal: The Right Whale
  • Bird: Chickadee
  • Nickname: The Bay State
  • Motto: "By the sword we seek peace, but peace only under liberty"
  • Song: "All Hail to Massachusetts"

Instructions

Create a Storyboard or Mind Map to illustrate at least four fun facts or symbols of the state:

  • Include an appropriate title for each panel.
  • Include an appropriate illustration for each panel.
  • Write an appropriate description for each panel.

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

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Pixton Activity: The State of Massachusetts 2 Economy: Agriculture and Industry

Featured Layouts

  • Storyboard
  • Mind Map

Intro

Review the main components of the state's economy or have students complete a research project.

  • Industry: Financial Services (Brokerage firms, software firms, and insurance companies); Technology; Medicine and Life Sciences; Manufacturing (Computer and Electronic Equipment; Microchips, Military Communication Systems, Automation Products); Fishing; Tourism.
  • Agriculture Products: Greenhouse and Nursery Commodities; Cranberries; Sweet Corn; Apples

Instructions

Create a Storyboard or Mind Map to illustrate at least four major industries and/or agricultural products of the state's economy:

  • Include an appropriate title for each panel.
  • Include an appropriate illustration for each panel.
  • Write an appropriate description for each panel.

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

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Pixton Activity: The State of Massachusetts 3 Attractions & Destinations

Featured Layouts

  • Storyboard
  • Mind Map

Intro

Review the state's top attractions or have students complete a research project:

  • Attractions: Freedom Trail in Downtown Boston; Cape Cod Beaches; Minute Man National Historical Park and Lexington Green; Faneuil Hall; Mayflower II and Plymouth Plantation; Salem's Historic Houses; Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary Whale Watching; Old Sturbridge Village; Martha's Vineyard; Norman Rockwell Museum; Historic Deerfield
  • Colleges and Universities: Harvard University; MIT; UMASS-Amherst; Northeastern University; Tufts University; Boston University; Boston College; Babson College; UMASS - Boston; Brandeis University; Wellesley College; Amherst College; Williams College; Emerson College; Smith College
  • Professional Sports: Boston Bruins (NHL); Boston Celtics (NBA); Boston Red Sox (MLB): New England Patriots (NFL); New England Revolution (MLS)

Instructions

Create a Storyboard or Mind Map to illustrate at least four main attractions or destinations in the state:

  • Include an appropriate title for each panel.
  • Include an appropriate illustration for each panel.
  • Write an appropriate description for each panel.

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

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