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  1. Emily Bronte

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    geography... more specifically, the locations of river valley civilizations (Tigris, Euphrates) to 8th and 9th graders. I am trying to help another teacher friend out. She is looking for something beyond the traditional color maps type of thing. Any help would be appreciated.
     
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    What about having the children develop brochures or informercials on the landscapes of the countries? Have the children pretend they are preparing to lead a group of tourists on a sightseeing trip of the lands.
     
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    You could have students give directions to a society and then share their directions with the class to see if classmates could guess what civilization they are trying to give directions to.

    For example you create a template that the students fill in like,

    Start at ________ (teacher selects this)

    Walk _________ miles towards ________( Major landmarks near that civilization)

    When you get close look for____________ ( Characteristics of that civilization)

    I never tried this so not sure if it would work but it could be fun for the kids.
     
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    I've used formations and kinesthetic symbols for this. In a chant, the students use their arms to form each of the rivers.

    You can also have the entire class form individual rivers with their bodies - leaving one or two students to direct. This works best if you have a large projection.

    Salt dough or play dough maps are also great for this.
     
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    Google Earth!! Great stuff - play around with it, but being able to see actual land forms, look at user generated content, create trips (which can be played back as a video format) etc are all fantastic. Have them look for things in the Sat-View that confirms what they think according to geography (this looks like a factory, it's near the water...etc etc)
     
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    Are computers available? If so, use Google Earth and let the students explore the lesson's location and the surrounding areas.

    I have often found learning geography more interesting when I could relate the lesson to geographic areas already known. If I know where I am, I can make sense as to where I am going.
     

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