Powerful Geography Project
Developed by Celaina Huckeba
Modified by Joann Zadrozny
|Subject Area: Geography|
|Grade Level: 6-12|
|Time Frame/Duration: 15 minutes at beginning of new unit|
|By the end of this lesson, students will be able to:
|ESSENTIAL / GUIDING QUESTIONS|
|1. How is geography embedded within a variety of career opportunities?|
|CONNECTION TO CURRICULUM/UNIT|
|This vocabulary lesson should be included at the beginning of a new unit.|
|BASIC TERMS AND VOCABULARY|
|Environment and Society * Human Geography * Physical Geography * Places and Regions * Skills, Technology, and Perspectives|
|POWERFUL GEOGRAPHY FOCUS|
|This lesson potentially covers all of the Powerful Geography jobs/career categories.|
OVERVIEW OF LESSON:
This lesson introduces vocabulary at the beginning of any unit to help students tie geographic terms with a variety of jobs and careers that they may find of interest.
|For Students:||For Teachers:|
|Geographic Vocabulary Worksheet|
|Computer with internet access|
|Colored pencils, markers, crayons|
Students do not need any pre-requisite knowledge to complete this lesson.
STARTING THE LESSON:
- Go to this website: Powerful Geography Student Resources.
- Explore the six different Career Paths (Building, Business, Creative, Health, Helping, and Nature), and pick one that fits you.
- If you don’t know which career path fits you, take the Career Path Quiz (also located at the top of the website page).
- Fill out the Student Worksheet with your answer.
- Under the Career Path that you chose, select the job that you find the most exciting.
- Fill in the Student Worksheet with your answer.
- Using the website and other resources, explain how the job you chose is connected to geography. You must use at least 8-10 vocabulary terms from the accompanying list.
- Write your summary of the job and how it is connected to geography in the space provided on the Student Worksheet.
ENDING THE LESSON AND CLOSING PRODUCT:
- On the back of the Student Worksheet, visualize the job and its connection to geography by drawing a picture.
- Create a border that reflects the job and geography vocabulary.
- Include at least 2 (two) visual images – these images can be a thing, a map, a person, etc.
- Fill the page with any visuals, symbols, words, colors, etc. that capture the job and geography.
- Be colorful, neat, creative, and have fun!
- Narrow down the Vocabulary Worksheet list to only 5-10 words to focus the student on specific terms you want them to understand.
- Have students explore jobs only under one of the student career categories that focus on the unit being taught.
- This lesson can be a take home/homework assignment instead of using class time.
Grading can be done with points or as complete/incomplete. The main component is the use of 8-10 vocabulary words and some coherent understanding of geography’s use within the job/career.
EXTENSION AND ENRICHMENT:
Use this lesson to introduce vocabulary for each unit. By the end of the year, you can ask students to develop an ad for a job combining all of their geographic knowledge learned throughout the year.