In geography, we are currently learning about planet earth and its landforms. We just wrapped up our week-long landform project. I paired the students up, but had to have one group of three. I assigned each group a landform to research. On day 1, we took notes using our textbook, encyclopedias, and various websites as resources.
On day 2, we finished our research and the students had to take the information they learned the day before and write a report with criteria according to a rubric.
On days 3 and 4, the groups constructed their landforms in class. I provided the base for each group (extremely thick poster board) and they had to bring in basic materials such as clay, play-doh, paint, sand, etc.
Here's how they all turned out:
Delta: (I was a little surprised by all the trees)
Peninsula: (Can you guess what their well-known example is?)
Valley: (Wow--a very colorful valley!)
On day 5, the students had to present their landform project to the class. They were also required to point out the "famous example" on a map.
Here, the students are using the Atlas app as it's displayed from my iPad to the Promethean board via AirServer:
This pair is explaining the Mississippi River Delta to us.
This was our first major in-class project and the students were so excited about creating their own landforms. I wonder if we could make this an edible project next year? We love to eat in this class! ;)