Spring Update: There will be an optional games/review class on our first day back on January 9th.
Small groups of students cooperate in Travel Teams, pretending to work for a travel magazine while gathering facts and features of each state along their designated route. Teams will complete a variety of written and multimedia team projects such as sightseeing postcards, welcome billboards, and state discovery posters. Students will learn to use and interpret maps, budget and manage travel expenses, and research state-specific information. Each will complete an individual final project— a travel brochure or travel essay of a favorite state or point-of-interest, which will be displayed at the Spring Showcase. In addition, we will be working on naming all fifty states and capitals and identifying their locations on a map.
A notebook for student handouts will be provided, which students will need to bring each day to class. Occasionally, requests for materials may be made for the class.
A United States Atlas and computer access are highly recommended.
Homework will include completing the above assignments (if they aren't finished in class), geography handouts, researching a particular geographical area for the following week and playing optional, but helpful, online American geography games – all not to exceed 1 hour per week.
The first day of class is September 19th. Last day is April 24th.
A helpful preview of the simulation game can be found at:
Min 6 Max 15