Divide the students into small groups. Give each group a Nebraska state symbol book, brochure and handouts with small images of the following state symbols:
Gemstone - blue agate
Rock - prairie agate
Flower - goldenrod (Solidago serotina)
Tree - cottonwood (Populus deltoides)
Bird - western meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta)
Fish - channel catfish (Ictalurus punctatus)
Insect - honeybee (Apis mellifera)
Mammal - white-tailed deer (Ocodoileus virginianus)
Direct the students to use the resources they were given to choose at least 5 state symbols to research. They will then collectively find and record the following information in their notebooks:
1.) the year each state symbol was adopted,
2.) how each symbol was chosen, and
3.) one or two interesting facts about each symbol.
The students will then cut out the images of the symbols and glue them on index cards to create state symbol flash cards. They can then write the information for each symbol on the backs of the flash cards.