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5 Themes of Geography
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Geography Component

Students used Holt's World Geography Today as the main text for their study of the 5 Themes. They used images from Peter Menzel's Material world to supplement the text.

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Students had practice with geography skills such as relative and absolute location, reading a map, using a compass, etc. ● Students worked together to navigate to 8 locations around San Marcos. ● They gave directions and drivers only assisted if students suggested a dangerous route or were leading the team too far off track. ● At each location, they got out of the car to find a Tupperware container that contains a card or object they took as evidence. ● They left a colored slip of paper behind to warn other teams that they have already been at the location. ● The winning team was the first team to return with evidence of the most locations visited.

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Research Paper

Students paired up to write a research paper that matched their display box (see below). Students worked together to write the introduction and conclusion. Students each wrote two body paragraphs based on the 5 Themes. Introduction (written together)- Location Paragraph 1 (student 1)- Place Paragraph 2 (student 1)- Human Environment Interaction Paragraph 3 (student 2)- Movement Paragraph 4 (student 2)- Region Paragraph 5 (written together)- Conclusion Writing the essay together encouraged critique and fact checking. If student 1 turned in a paragraph full of errors or typos, both students had a discussion about proofreading their work.

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Display Box

Students pairs created a pop up display box to communicate the 5 Themes of geography for their selected location. Boxes were created within old silverware boxes that had been donated to the school. Any type of box may be used. Top 5 boxes were selected to be displayed in a local travel agency office. Students critiqued a teacher created sample box and created goals and criteria for their own boxes. These could differ from class to class based on what the students identify.

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