Looking for 7th Grade Advanced Project

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  1. lsho

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    I teach 7th grade Geography. I have 2 advanced classes. I had them fill out a "How I Want To Learn" sheet and overwhelmingly the advanced class wants a big, independent project 2nd semester.

    Anyone have some ideas? I've heard of some books but right now, I don't have the funding. I'm trying for next year to get a classroom set of the book "The Wave". This year though, I'm at a loss.

    Any suggestions would be AWESOME!
     
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    What about a map art project? Artists throughout the ages have turned maps into paintings, sculptures, mosaics, ect. Maybe the students could pick a region and make something creative with a map of the region.
     
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    A scavenger hunt/amazing race game with Google Earth if you have the resources available.

    Some clues based on culture, some based on lat/long clues.
     
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    how about a portfolio ? kids take the 5 themes of geography and relate each to their lives - they can take photos or whatever - then include a written rationale for why they choose the way they did to depict each theme
     
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    These are all awesome ideas! Thank you sooo much! You guys rock!:thumb:
     
  7. wrice

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    I'd give them a menu of projects to do and a big timeline to do them. A variety of projects would be worth points relating to their difficulty. The kids have to choose and complete enough projects to add up to 100%.

    * Interview someone who uses maps daily as part of their work. Write up your interview. 20 points.
    * Research and graph the climate of 5 world cities, and relate their temperatures to latitude. 15 points
    * Collect three news articles about a single country or region of the world. Write a paragraph summary about each news article. 10 points.
    * Most countries have borders that follow rivers or mountain ranges. Find 5 countries that have manmade, straight borders, and research how those borders were determined. 20 points.
    * Make a travel brochure for a country of your choosing. Incorporate three activities for visitors to do that relate to the country's physical features or cultural characteristics. 25 points
    * Make a poem, song, or rap with the countries of a continent, explaining just a little about each country; or make your project about the rivers and mountain ranges of a continent. 15 points
    * Create your own country, and draw its map on posterboard. What kind of physical features would you incorporate? 15 points.
    ....and whatever else you can think of....
     
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    i just tweaked the geography project for a lowcountry history class - email me at looneyteachr@yahoo.com i'll send it to u

    kids could also make globes on those huge plastic balls - or a country kiosk out of refrigerator boxes - we did that for a culture fair - i can email you the ideas
     

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