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The State of Utah

Pixton Lesson Plan on The State of Utah

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When students complete the activities in this lesson plan, they will use the following comic layout types.

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  • Mind Map
  • Poster
  • Character Map
  • Timeline

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

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The State of Utah

Step 1Class discussion with students

Getting Started

Review Utah's fun facts and symbols, agricultural and industry economic contributions, and main attractions from this lesson's included activities, or have students complete a research project.

Opening Discussion

Discuss the following:

  • What do you already know about Utah (history, attractions, exports, and fun facts)?
  • In your opinion, what is Utah most well known for?
  • What states does Utah border?
  • What is the climate and geography of Utah?
  • What would you like to know about Utah?
  • How could you learn more about Utah?
Step 2Pixton comic-making activities
  • Make a Storyboard or Mind Map
    State Symbols & Facts

    Complete after class discussion or research.

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  • Make a Storyboard
    Economy: Agriculture and Industry

    Complete after class discussion or research.

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  • Make a Storyboard
    Attractions & Destinations

    Complete after class discussion or research.

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  • Extension / Modification
    Poster (Extension / Modification)

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

  • Extension / Modification
    Mind Map (Extension / Modification)

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

  • Extension / Modification
    Character Map (Extension / Modification)

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

  • Extension / Modification
    Timeline (Extension / Modification)

    Create a Timeline of Utah's state history.

Step 3Concluding discussion with students

Discuss the following:

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

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Intro

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

  • State Origin: 45th state, admitted to the Union on January 4, 1896
  • Name Origin: Utah was derived from the Ute Indian Tribe and means "people of the mountains"
  • Nickname: Beehive State
  • Capitol: Salt Lake City
  • Border States: New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, Idaho, Colorado, Wyoming
  • Size: 84,899 sq mi (# 13 of 50 states)
  • Population: 2,900,872 (#33 of 50 states)
  • Song: "Utah, This is the Place"
  • Hymn: " Utah, We Love Thee"
  • Motto: Industry
  • State Insect: The Honey Bee
  • State Bird: Seagull
  • State Fish: Bonneville Cutthroat Trout
  • State Animal: Rocky Mountain Elk
  • State Flower: Sego Lily
  • State Fruit: Cherry
  • State vegetable: Spanish Sweet Onion
  • State Tree: Quaking Aspen
  • State Dance: Folk dance

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 Utah 2 Economy: Agriculture and Industry

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  • Storyboard

Intro

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

  • Agriculture Products: Cattle and calves, dairy products, hogs, hay, wheat, greenhouse and nursery products
  • Industry: Advanced composites (carbon fiber products), aerospace, data centers (disaster recovery and backup services), digital media, distribution

Instructions

Create a Storyboard 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 and/or description for each panel.

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

Example Storyboard

Ohio's Economy: Top Agriculture & Industry by Student

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Pixton Activity: The State of Utah 3 Attractions & Destinations

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  • Storyboard

Intro

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

Attractions: Arches National Park; Monument Valley; Zion National Park; Canyonlands National Park; Bryce Canyon National Park; Park City; Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument; Capitol Reef National Park; Cedar Breaks National Monument; Natural Bridges National Monument; Dinosaur National Monument; Golden Spike National Historic Site; Great Salt Lake; Mormon Temple

Instructions

Create a "Storyboard" 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.

Example Storyboard

Utah Attractions & Destinations by Student

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