Time Frame:
3-4 days. 1 for research, 1 for picture and illustration, 1-2 for posting and responding.
Students will research various regions in MI, identifying natural resources, climate and physical geography. Regions/cities include:
Detroit, Mackinac City, Traverse City, Grand Rapids, and Alpena. Students will work in groups of 4-5. Websites will be provided. Students will continue to add information and garden the wiki throughout the year.
1) Students will be placed in groups of 4-5 and assigned on of the following regions (Mackinac City, Alpena, Traverse City, Detroit, and Grand Rapids).
2.) Websites will be provided for students to find information regarding their regions climate, natural resources and physical geography.
3.) Students will draw a map of Michigan, locate their region and add their information. There will be separate illustrations for climate, location, natural resources and physical geography.
4.) Digital pictures will be taken of illustrations and posted to the Wiki with their information.
5.) Students will have time to read other students posts and "garden" the wiki where needed.
Digital camera, paper, coloring material, computer for research of sites and to download pictures, picassa, Wiki account.
Websites for research:
Detroit climate: http://www.rssweather.com/climate/Michigan/Detroit/ http://www.rssweather.com/climate/Michigan/Detroit/
Grand Rapids Climate: http://www.rssweather.com/climate/Michigan/Grand%20Rapids/
Mackinac City Climate: http://www.wordtravels.com/Travelguide/Provinces/Michigan/Climate/
Climate for all regions: http://www.worldbookonline.com/wb/Students?content_spotlight/climates/north_american_climate_michigan
Michigan Natural Resources: http://www.michigan.gov/mda/0,1607,7-125-2961_6860_7657---,00.html
Physical Geography

Within your group, choose who is going to be the climate expert, physical geography expert, and natural resource expert.

  • Use the Political Map on page 23 in your Michighan social studies book to help you.

  • Each group member should draw a map of Michigan and locate your city/region on this map.
  • The physical geography expert should research the physical geographic feature of your community using the web links and physical map on page A10 in your Michigan social studies book.
  • The natural resource expert should research natural resources of the city/region using the web links and page 23 in your Michigan social studies book.
  • The climate expert should research the climate of the city/region using the web links.
  • After reserching, each person should draw a picture to illustrate their expert geography area. The final draft of the picture should be colored and show a lot of detail.
  • Write at least ONE sentence below the picture to describe your expert geography area.
  • Each group member should take a digital picture of your final drawing.
  • As a group, create a wiki page for your region. The page name should be your city/region name. Each group member will upload their own digital picture and type one sentence describing the picture.

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