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1 class periods of 60 minutes each
In Mystery Island, the student works in a committee of four in which they are stranded on an unknown island and have to answer basic survival questions in order to find a settlement. There are four maps of the same island with information on scale, water bodies, vegetation, landforms and climate patterns, that the students will study to help them through Mystery Island.
Note, any of my lesson plans can be modified to fit your classroom needs. You know your students better than I.
This lesson works well after teaching the basic Geography background information from the first few chapters of any Geography textbook. It gives the students a chance to practice what they have learned, while working in a team format. At the end of the lesson, an individual one to two page essay should be written on what they have learned. Remember, next year when these 9th graders are sophomores they have to take the UPASS test. They need to write as often as possible.
Island Mystery is a good way for the student to practice the skills learned from the first few chapters of any Geography textbook. The student needs to know how to read a map in understanding scale, landforms, water bodies; thematic maps in agriculture, vegetation, rainfall and climate.
gifted students: have them create their own island showing landforms, freshwater, agriculture, rainfall, etc. Then have the student write a paper on the affects of the environment on their settlement site.
special needs student: Have them draw an island showing scale, water bodies, landforms, vegetation, and climate zones and a settlement site. Have the student explain to you why they chose to put items on the map where they did.
Note: If this assessment rubric does not work for you, modify it for your students.
Secondary Education Department College of Education Utah State University Logan, Utah 84321