Theme Project: You are a geographer who wants to explain different geographic features to students. You can show what those features look like by making a three-dimensional geographic dictionary.

1. Create a List As you work through the unit, make a list of the geographic features you learn about. Write a definition for each feature. This list will be the basis for your Geographic Dictionary.

  • List Completed
  • Definition Completed

2. Gather Pictures Find a picture or draw a picture of each feature on your list.

check Pictures Completed

3. Create the Dictionary Paste the pictures of the features from your list on pieces of paper, using only one or two features per page. Leave room next to each picture to neatly write the name of the feature and its definition.

4. Add Information about Regions Review the information about U.S. regions in Chapter 3. Make a list of the regions and some geographic features of each one. Add this information to your dictionary.

check Regions Information Added

5. Complete the Dictionary Make a cover for your dictionary and staple the pages together with the cover.

check Dictionary Completed

6. Make the Models Now, choose at least three features from your list, and write their names in the blanks below. In each large box, make a sketch of what your model will look like. Then, build a model of each feature out of clay, papier mache, or some other material. Put a checkmark in the small box beside the feature to show you have finished the model.

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When the models are done, use a 3” x 5” card or other small piece of sturdy paper to make a label for each model.

7. Share Your Work Display your dictionary and models to share them with your classmates.