All over the United States there are places set aside to remember people and events that have helped to shape our country. Those places are known as National Historic Landmarks. You are going to (1) choose one of those landmarks, (2) research it, (3) write a report about it, (4) construct an exhibit of it, and (5) present your exhibit and research findings to the class. This project will be counted heavily in your Social Studies grade for the 3rd trimester.
Step 1: Choose a Landmark
There is a list of 50 National Historic Landmarks attached to these instructions. With the help of your parents, use the list to help you decide which landmark you would like to research. Remember that some of the sites have great deal of information to research, while it may be difficult to find information on others. Since no two people in the class will research the same project, you must select alternatives and prioritize them. Select your top 5 choices and put them in priority order at the bottom of the page. Bring the page with you tomorrow. A random list of students will be created, and those who are selected first will get their first choice.
Step 2: Research the Landmark
Find information on the landmark on the Internet, at the library, on videos, or from people who have visited the site. You must have at least 3 sources of information. Take notes on the information you find. Don’t forget to write down any information you will need for your bibliography. You will want to find out about:
Late work will not be accepted and will receive a grade of 0 (F). Grading
The written report will be worth 50 points toward your Social Studies grade.
The exhibit will be worth 50 points toward your Social Studies grade.
Getting a Good Grade
The following guidelines will help you to get a good grade on this project.
This project is to be done primarily by you as a 5th grader. Your parents may help, but it is to be your work, not theirs.
Get started as soon as you have confirmed which landmark you will be researching.
Make a trip to the Public Library to find and check out sources for your report. Don’t rely only on the Internet.
Don’t forget that people are a great resource. Is there someone you can call and interview who has a connection to the landmark?
Have your parents proofread your work, then you fix the mistakes.
When you think you have finished your report, go back and read the instructions for the written report again. Use it as a checklist to make sure you have covered everything you need to cover.
Make sure you save bibliography information as you do your research.
Start planning your exhibit early. It is very obvious when an exhibit has been thrown together the night before it is due.
Select a Landmark to Research
Since only one student can research a landmark, pick your top 5 favorites. Using the numbers 1-5, number the 5 landmarks you would like to research. The number 1 should be next to the landmark you would most like to research. Then, sign your name and have a parent sign his/her name at the bottom as well.
Arlington National Cemetery (Arlington, VA)
Cape Hatteras Light Station (Buxton, NC)
Colonial Jamestown (Jamestown, VA)
Colonial Williamsburg (Williamsburg, VA)
Edison Home (Glenmont, NJ)
Ellis Island (New York Harbor, Jersey City, NJ)
Empire State Building (New York, NY)
Federal Hall (New York, NY)
Ford’s Theater (Washington D.C. – Where Lincoln was shot)
Fort Clatsop (Winter quarters of the Lewis & Clark Expedition in Astoria, OR)
Fort Sumter (Beginning of the Civil War - SC)
Gettysburg National Military Park (Gettysburg, PA)
Harvard University (Boston, MA)
Henry Ford Birthplace (Greenfield, MI)
Hoover Dam (Mojave Co., Arizona)
Independence Hall (Philadelphia, PA)
Jefferson Memorial (Washington D.C.)
Jefferson National Expansion Memorial & Gateway Arch (St. Louis, MO)
Kennedy Space Center (FL)
Lincoln Home (Springfield, IL)
Lincoln Memorial (Washington D.C.)
Mark Twain House & Museum (Hartford, CT)
Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site & The King Center (Atlanta, GA)
Mesa Verde (Mesa Verde National Park, CO)
Monticello (Thomas Jefferson’s Home in Charlottesville, VA)