GEOGRAPHY LEARNING CENTERS GRADE: 4-8 MATERIALS: as needed below, in each noted center METHOD: 1. Canada: It's Where We Live. Students complete a Canada map labeling all political divisions (provinces, territories, capital cities) and major bodies of water. Maps are colored with pencil crayons and a red x marks the city where the student lives. Students test their memory by completing an Internet quiz on the provinces at www.lizardpoint.com/fun/goequiz/canquiz.html. 2. Exploring the World Around Us. Students complete a World map labeling continents and major bodies of water. Again the map is colored and a red x indicates where the students live. Students play the board game "Take Off" to practice geography knowledge (available at 206-883-3143). 3. What Time Is It In ...? Students are asked to locate 10 places on a world map and identify the time zone they are located in. I then have made up 10 word problems (If it is 8:00 a.m. here, what time is it there?) where the students match the question to the answer. 4. Where In The World Are We? Students practice using coordinates (fun graphing activity) and move towards finding the longitude and latitude of 10 places in the world. 5. Which Way Do I Go? Students draw an outline of a province on graph paper. They must then give directions to their partners to blindly create the same picture. For example the directions might read go south two squares, go northeast 5 squares, and so on. 6. In Today's News. Students share a news article they have read with the class. They present the information organized in the five themes of geography: Location, Place, Region, Movement, Human/Environmental Interaction. Students are also asked to share what influenced them to choose that article and the most interesting piece of information they learned. 7. Words To Know. Students create their own Social Studies Dictionary for terms and words that are difficult to spell. I give a list of vocabulary for each unit and students are responsible for keeping their dictionary current. I also let students use the dictionary on assignments and quizzes. 8. The Times of Your Life. Students choose 10 events in life and rate them as positive or negative. They then assign a number between 1 and 10 to rate how positive or negative. Students then graph the information on a 2quadrant graph. The x-axis is the age and the y-axis represents positive above the x-axis and negative below the x-axis. 9. Around Canada. Students survey the class to see which provinces and territories our class has visited. The data is reported in multiple forms: fraction (table), percent (graph), decimals (map), and conclusions (paragraph). 10. True to Life. Using graph paper and a ruler, students create a scale drawing on the classroom. CHALLENGES: 1. Create a product, find our your classmates addresses, use a city map to plan a delivery route. 2. Choose 10 events in history. Organize on a time line with brief descriptions. Label BM (before me) or AM (after me) to show if it happened before or after you were born. 3. Create a crossword, word search, and manipulative puzzle center on the World or Canada. 4. Create a passport that shows (pictures and words) the 10 top countries you would visit in the world. Explain why for each country.