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The State of Ohio

Pixton Lesson Plan on The State of Ohio

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  • Timeline

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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.
Pixton Lesson Plan on The State of Ohio

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The State of Ohio

Step 1Class discussion with students

Getting Started

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

  • History: French fur traders first colonized Ohio, until 1754, after the French and Indian War, when British took over. Britain ceded control of the Ohio territory into the Northwest territory of the United States after the Revolutionary War. Ohio became a state on March 1, 1803.
  • Statehood: 17th State - March 1, 1803
  • Name Origin: From the Iroquois Indian word for "good river."
  • Size: 44,828 sq. miles (#34 of 50 states)
  • Population: 11,570,808 (#7 of 50 states)
  • Capital: Columbus
  • Border States: Indiana; Kentucky; Michigan; Pennsylvania; West Virginia
  • Presidents Born in the State: Ulysses Simpson Grant; Rutherford Birchard Hayes; James Abram Garfield; Benjamin Harrison; William McKinley; William Howard Taft; Warren Gamaliel Harding
  • Agriculture Exports: Soybeans; Corn; Dairy Products; Hogs; Cattle and Calves; Eggs; Greenhouse and Nursery Products; Wheat; Chicken (Broilers); Turkeys.
  • Industry: Automative; Steel; Agricultural; Small Appliances; Aerospace.
  • Attractions: Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historic Park; Cedar Point; Hocking Hills State Park; Stan Hywet Hall and Garden; Wright Brothers National Memorial; Cincinnati Museum Center; Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Garden; Cleveland Museum of Art; Fountain Square in Cincinnati.
  • Colleges and Universities: Ohio State University; Miami University; Kent State University; University of Cincinnati; Bowling Green State University; University of Akron.
  • Professional Sports: Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns (NFL); Cincinnati Reds and Cleveland Indians (MLB); Cleveland Cavaliers (NBA); Columbus Blue Jackets (NHL); Columbus Crew (MLS).
  • Flag: Adopted in 1902. The large blue triangle represents Ohio's hills and valleys. There are 17 white stars illustrating that Ohio was the 17th state. The 3 red and 2 white stripes represent roads and waterways. The white circle with its red center represents the "O" in Ohio and its nickname, "The Buckeye State".
  • Flower: Scarlet Carnation
  • Tree: Ohio Buckeye
  • Animal: White-Tailed Deer
  • Bird: Cardinal
  • Nickname: Buckeye State
  • Motto: "With God All Things Are Possible"
  • Song: "Beautiful Ohio"

Opening Discussion

Discuss the following:

  • What do you already know about Ohio (history, attractions, exports and fun facts)?
  • In your opinion, what is Ohio most well known for?
  • What states does Ohio border?
  • What is the climate and geography of Ohio?
  • What would you like to know about Ohio?
  • How could you learn more about Ohio?
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 discussion.

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  • Extension / Modification
    Poster (Extension / Modification)

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

  • Extension / Modification
    Mind Map (Extension / Modification)

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

  • Extension / Modification
    Character Map (Extension / Modification)

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

  • Extension / Modification
    Timeline (Extension / Modification)

    Create a Timeline of Ohio's state history.

Step 3Concluding discussion with students

Discuss the following:

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

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  • Storyboard
  • Mind Map

Intro

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

  • History: French fur traders first colonized Ohio, until 1754, after the French and Indian War, when British took over. Britain ceded control of the Ohio territory into the Northwest territory of the United States after the Revolutionary War. Ohio became a state on March 1, 1803.
  • Statehood: 17th State - March 1, 1803
  • Name Origin: From the Iroquois Indian word for "good river."
  • Size: 44,828 sq. miles (#34 of 50 states)
  • Population: 11,570,808 (#7 of 50 states)
  • Capital: Columbus
  • Border States: Indiana; Kentucky; Michigan; Pennsylvania; West Virginia
  • Presidents Born in the State: Ulysses Simpson Grant; Rutherford Birchard Hayes; James Abram Garfield; Benjamin Harrison; William McKinley; William Howard Taft; Warren Gamaliel Harding
  • Flag: Adopted in 1902. The large blue triangle represents Ohio's hills and valleys. There are 17 white stars illustrating that Ohio was the 17th state. The 3 red and 2 white stripes represent roads and waterways. The white circle with its red center represents the "O" in Ohio and its nickname, "The Buckeye State".
  • Flower: Scarlet Carnation
  • Tree: Ohio Buckeye
  • Animal: White-Tailed Deer
  • Bird: Cardinal
  • Nickname: Buckeye State
  • Motto: "With God All Things Are Possible"
  • Song: "Beautiful Ohio"

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 Ohio 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.

  • Agriculture Products: Soybeans; Corn; Dairy Products; Hogs; Cattle and Calves; Eggs; Greenhouse and Nursery Products; Wheat; Chicken (Broilers); Turkeys.
  • Industry: Automative; Steel; Agricultural; Small Appliances; Aerospace.

Instructions

Create a Storyboard or Mind Map to illustrate at least five 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 Ohio 3 Attractions & Destinations

Featured Layouts

  • Storyboard
  • Mind Map

Intro

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

  • Attractions: Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historic Park; Cedar Point; Hocking Hills State Park; Stan Hywet Hall and Garden; Wright Brothers National Memorial; Cincinnati Museum Center; Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Garden; Cleveland Museum of Art; Fountain Square in Cincinnati.
  • Colleges and Universities: Ohio State University; Miami University; Kent State University; University of Cincinnati; Bowling Green State University; University of Akron.
  • Professional Sports: Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns (NFL); Cincinnati Reds and Cleveland Indians (MLB); Cleveland Cavaliers (NBA); Columbus Blue Jackets (NHL); Columbus Crew (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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