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Elementary explorers study the geography of their own state and region. They create a three-dimensional map of their state, develop an atlas, read maps using longitude and latitude, and identify and analyze the five themes of geography. There are actually five lessons contained in this comprehensive resource, complete with reading references and handouts for your class.
Students participate in a variety of state-related activities. They read various books about the fifty states, create a travel brochure about a selected state, conduct research on famous people from their own state, and create a collage about different climates and areas of the U.S.
Students explore U.S. geography by reading assigned text in class. In this Alabama state instructional activity, students identify the location of Alabama as well as the state bird, animal and flower. Students research the Civil Rights era in relation to Alabama as well.
Twelfth graders consider the dependence of the United States on foreign oil. In this global issues activity, 12th graders conduct research to analyze United States dependency on foreign oil. Students use their findings to design spreadsheets and compose essays pertaining to the topic.
The quartz crystals found in the mountains of Arkansas are among the purest and clearest in the world! This lesson has middle schoolers focus on this state mineral of Arkansas as they study the state's geography. A fun game is incorporated in this plan which will help learners understand more about this important mineral. The game cards are embedded in the plan.
Students explore geography, climate, and adaptations by creating a country of their own. In this geography lesson, students work in groups to create a map of an imaginary country, they will include geography, climate, plants, and animals. Students design a list of three plants and animals of their country and explain their characteristics and adaptations.
Sixth graders research one of the 50 United States using the Internet and print resources. They design a travel brochure that highlights one of the states geography, official state information and travel destinations. They combine the individual slide presentation into one large presentation.
A trivia-style virtual road trip in which the player's car is moved from state to state as questions are correctly answered. Ideally, a player would learn about different states by reading the simple brochures available in the Visitor Center before visiting the state to answer the questions. Incentives are offered for completing regions or making special deliveries.
Kids have fun learning US geography and state facts, including capitals, nicknames, major cities, and landmarks. They can choose between the game, or informational flashcards for each state.
Learners create a personal journal where they pretend they are trying to get people back to their own time who have traveled to present day through a portal, and use geographic information from Second Life to do so. In this geography lesson plan, students explore Second Life and different regional maps of the United States.
Students research sights to visit in the United States. They discuss the 50 State Quarters Program and locate states on a classroom map. They select a state and research in the library. They create a group presentation and present to the class. They complete a 3-2-1 summary of each group and
Middle schoolers examine the way that many place names in Arkansas came to be. By looking at Arkansas highway maps, they find names that come from the characteristics of each of the state's six geographical divisions. This interesting lesson will leave students with a much better sense of the six divisions of Arkansas, and it will familiarize them with the state's geography.