- Computer with Internet access
- explain why things are located in particular places;
- learn how to evaluate the importance of the location of landmarks and other facilities; and
- understand the benefits one geographic location might have over another.
Answering Geographic Questions
Analyzing Geographic Information
S u g g e s t e d P r o c e d u r e
Ideally, students will still have the physical map available in their browser or atlas so they can compare the maps. Have them narrow down their decision as to what would be the easiest and most difficult places to live. Write their responses on the board.
Now have students look at a population map of the U.S. to see if their assessment of the previous two maps was accurate. Where do most people live in the U.S.? Which places are the least densely populated? Why do students think this is the case, based on the things they saw on the physical and biome maps?
Before students come into class, move something prominent to a new location in the classroom. When students arrive, take note of their reactions.
Ask students if they notice anything different about the room. When they tell you what it is, ask them if they like the new location or if it bothers them. Then tell them that you moved it as an experiment, to see if they would like it or not.
Have students think about times when their family or friends moved their belongings to a new place. How did they feel? Did it bother them that their belongings were out of order?
Ask students to think about the reasons why the classroom is set up the way it is. Why are the teacher's desk and their desks where they are? Why are the computer or clock located where they are? Would it make a difference if these things were moved to different locations in the room?
Tell the class that, just as items have their places in the classroom, so too do items in their hometown. For example, the grocery store, movie theater, and City Hall are all in their locations for a reason. Ask students to think about a prominent business, building, park, or other city landmark that everyone in the class knows about.