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Twelfth graders participate in a lesson with the guiding question throughout that is "How dependent is the United States economy on foreign oil?" Students will gather data, create spreadsheets and show evidence of their learning through the creation of a graph and a post-assessment essay.
Preteens review the five themes of geography. In groups, they examine the United States and Turkey to discover how geography can impact the way people live. They create a foldable for each country, listing information for each of the five themes. Note that the lesson is supposed to be taught using a PowerPoint presentation, but you will need to create one yourself.
Students use a geographic perspective to investigate different regions of the United States. After a classroom discussion, students draw a map of the regions and describet he climate, natural resources, business and industry, and cultural characteristics. Then they use a geographic perspective to study one of the region's features. Finally, the students develop an engaging presentation to make to the rest of the class.
Young scholars articulate differences between climate and weather using examples in a written statement. Using climate data from across the country, they describe climate patterns for various parts of the United States on a map. Students explain how land and water masses might affect temperature and precipitation using the climate data.
Fifth graders explore the regions of the United States. For this geography skills lesson, 5th graders examine the landforms, climates, and economies of the regions of the United States. Students conduct Internet research in order to virtually travel to the regions of the country within the established budget. Students share the highlights of their "trips" with their classmates.
Students create a map showing the United States borders at a specific period in history and produce three questions to be answered by examining the map. They also write a productive paragraph explaining who, what, when, where, how/why a particular piece of land was acquired by the United States.
Fifth graders carefully analyze the artwork, Les Emigrants, and explore the reasons that people emigrated to the United States, and what life was like for new arrivals. They discuss what things immigrants were able to bring with them and what they had to leave behind. Students write a newspaper article on life as an immigrant during the time period portrayed.
Fourth graders identify the different habitats found in the seven regions of the United States. In this ecology lesson, 4th graders write an essay about how humans affect the ecosystem and vice versa. They discuss how changes on one ecosystem has domino effect on others.