Each student will be assigned to a group and a region of the United States or Canada. The following regions will be assigned:
Each group will create a poster to promote the assigned region of the United States and Canada.
1. Northeast: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont.
2. Northeast Provinces: Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Quebec
3. North Central: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin. Provinces: Ontario, Manitoba
4. Southeast: Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia
5. Rocky Mountains: Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Nevada, Utah, Colorado and Province: Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, Nunavat
6. Southwest: Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas
7. Pacific Region:California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, and Hawaii and Pacific Coast Provinces: British Columbia, Northwest Territory, and Yukon
Each group will organize the information for the assigned region around the Five Themes of Geography. (Location, Place, Movement, Regions, and Human-Environment Interaction)
Each person in the group should choose ONE state or province to research. Each person will research that state or province using the five themes of geography.
1. RELATIVE AND ABSOLUTE LOCATION of these states,. You may also use your book to locate the relative location of the capital of your assigned state or province. When providing relative location, remember to use terms such as 'north' and 'east' and to avoid 'near,' 'next to,' 'across from.'
2. PLACE: Describe information throughout your assigned location describing both PHYSICAL (landforms, animals, bodies of water, climate) AND HUMAN CHARACTERISTICS (festivals, religions, languages, food, ethnic groups)
in your region: major interstate systems; railroads, airports; major bodies of water; major urban areas; population trends (why do people move to the state/province; what areas are most heavily populated); how ideas/technology have moved throughout the region; major religions, etc.
4. REGIONS of your assigned area.(formal: parishes or counties, state, province and functional: major city and its surrounding area, airport and its surrounding areas)
5. HUMANS AND THE ENVIRONMENT INTERACT: For this section, you will research much information that will not explicitly state that it is 'human/environment interaction.' Use what you know about this theme to determine if the information falls under this category.
Consider the following:
1. How have people adapted to the environment?
2. How have modified the environment? (damning rivers, building bridges, major roads,
3. How do people depend on the environment?(farming, industries, etc.)
DIRECTIONS FOR PRESENTATION:
1. Label which region you researched. Divide the board into columns with the state or province as the heading. Under each state/province list all the information you learned about the five themes of geography.
2. Each group member is responsible for his/her state or province and will present his/her state/province to the class. If a section is blank on the poster, the student responsible for that particular state or province will be penalized.
3. Remember: You are teaching the rest of the class about your assigned region. BE PREPARED!!
4. When presenting to the class, KNOW your information. Do not read off the posters. Make eye contact with your classmates! Practice your portion of the presentation prior to the due date. Be prepared!