States

  1. Objective
  2. Materials
  3. Procedure
  4. Online Resources
  5. Assessment

    *Objective

    A small group of students each week will learn to create a state map from start to finish. Included in this map will be major cities, state capital, bodies of water and any major land formations. Students not making the map will be responsible for the information included on the map.
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    *Materials

    1. Access to the internet
    2. Textbook
    3. Encyclopedia
    4. Maps
    5. Overhead projector
    6. Colored Pencils
    7. White bulletin board paper
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    *Procedure

    A group of 2-3 students will be assigned to make a map of a state the teacher will specify. These students will be given important details to be sure to include on the map. The students will have two days to complete the map. When the map is completed it will be hung on a wall in the classroom so the rest of the class will have time to study the state. When the map is completed, the group will explain the map to the rest of the class pointing out any information they find pertinent to the state. For details on creating a map click here.
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    *Online Resources

    The Mining Company
    50 States
    Color Landform Atlas of the United States
    POTUS
    National Atlas of the United States
    UT Library Online
    The Constitution
    Mathematics of Cartography
    Cartographic Images
    The Great Globe Gallery
    Maps.com
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    *Assessment

    The Map will be graded according to specified guidelines for students in that group. In addition to creating the map, the students in this group will be graded on the presentation of the map and it's information to the class. The rest of the class will have 2 days to study the map and be prepared to take a quiz over information they have learned from it and from the presentation. For a sample quiz click here.
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