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Teacher Guide for a "Unit of Practice" Project

Fun, Sun, and Hurricanes?

By Sandra Baird
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"How does the climate and geography affect the way people live and work in the Southeast?"


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Task 1: Elements of Geography
The teacher will have the students look at a landscape photograph from National Geograpic's Archive.

Students will then be asked to sketch the landscape based on their recollection, and complete a journal entry describing what they saw.

In an effort to ...

Task 2: Southeast Population Growth
The teacher will teach the students how to use the software Timeliner. It will be an interactive lesson. This will be done by the use of a Mac and a LCD projector.
Students will research their assigned state's population growth using the internet.
Students w...

Task 3: Life in Florida
Fourth grade students at Grewenow Elementary in Kenosha, WI will take part in a video conference with elementary students in Orlando Florida.
The conference will enable students to learn about the climate and geography of each area. They will also find out ho...

Task 4: Southeastern States
Students will brainstorm collaboratively to create the fields for a database. The database is way of collecting information about each state as we investigate the affect of climate and geography on the lives of the people that live in the Southeast. As the ...

Task 5: Come Visit Our State
Students will work together in 6 groups to create a 2 minute iMovie for each state.
Each group will be assigned their two target states that they researched while doing the database.
The group's task is to create an iMovie that will sell tourism for their...

Task 6: Can We Move to the Southeast?
The teacher will discuss letter writing. A review of the parts of a friendly letter will be displayed and talked about.
A letter that has a number of errors in it should then be given to students to label the parts and make corrections.
A persuasive let...

Task 7: Trip to Disneyworld in Orlando
Congratulations! You and your classmates have worked so hard on this project that you are going to Orlando, Florida. You will have 7 days for you trip.
Students will be given a $5000.00 budget for each group of 4 people. The group will include a parent and...