In this lesson, students will learn about the geography of their state as they create a travel plan, construct a map with Bing maps, research various locations throughout the selected states, calculate distances, and write postcards to send home.
Students will become familiar with the geography of their state.
How much do you know about the geography of the region or state where you live? What places have you visited in your state? [List places on board or projector.]
What do you know about each of the locations?
[To highlight the next point, you can research a little known place of interest in your state or geographical fact (for example, the number and location of the national parks) that students might be curious about. During the lesson, ask them if they know of this place or a geographical fact, and then tell them about its location and significance.]
Part of geography, the study of the earth and its features, inhabitants, and phenomena, is the study of places and regions. Today, with globalization, it is more important than ever to understand different places and regions around the world. To be an informed global citizen, it is also essential for you to understand your own local area.
In this activity, you will learn about various towns, cities, and places of interest within your state by planning and taking a two-week road trip. During your trip you must:
The Student guide (Office Word document, 21 KB) includes Step 1, "Plan and map your route," Step 2, "Research destinations and write postcards home," and Step 3, "Complete your trip and record it."
Assess students on:
Through history, states started as sparsely populated regions that needed governance. Ask your students to discover whether the current state capital has always held that honor. Was there another? Why was that location chosen?