Before using project
Introduce a scenario: A cotton farmer wants to buy a farm in the Appalachian Plateau. How can we figure out if that is the best region for the farmer to look for land in? Present your findings in a book at the end of this unit.
Present the 5 regions of Georgia to your students. There are a lot of premade Power Points on the Internet of the 5 regions of Georgia. Message me if you need one on tpt! We spend about a week introducing the regions at my school. I included a song in this download to help teach the regions, as well. I included a note-taking page for the students to use as you learn about each region. They can do their own research on the Internet as well.
Next, explain that we are pretending we are taking a trip to each region to research the land for the farmer. Based on our notes from the previous week they can write a story about what we saw on our trip. Make the book after reviewing the rubric that is included. You can guide the students through each page, have them work in groups, or ask them to make their books on their own for a performance task. At the end of the book they have to advise the farmer about where the best place for his cotton farm would be!
Included in download:
Instructions, Printable book, Note taking sheet, rubric, 5 regions song
Higher Order Thinking Addressed:
Knowledge -The student will recite the 5 regions.
Comprehension- The student will explain how the regions are different.
Application- The student will apply understandings. The student will create a book to communicate what someone would experience in each region.
Analysis- The student will compare and contrast each region.
Synthesis –Ask the student to apply concepts in a new setting. Example: Students will predict the best region for the farmer to start a cotton farm.
Evaluation- Ask the student to judge the relative merits of the content and concepts contained in the subject. Is the Appalachian Plateau the best region for a cotton farmer?
Social Studies (GPS), Grade 2, Geographic Understandings
SS2G1 The student will locate major topographical features of Georgia and will describe how these features define Georgia’s surface.
•. a. Locate all the geographic regions of Georgia: Blue Ridge Mountains, Piedmont, Coastal Plain, Valley and Ridge, and Appalachian