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    Walk Across America
    By Kim

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    In this unit, we focus on map skills, landforms and geography. There are 150 questions related to these topics (10-15 per sheet) that students complete at their own pace. When a sheet is completed, it is turned in to be scored. For each 10 points earned, they receive a foot cut-out with their name on it. These are placed on the walls around the room. They may also earn points by wearing a T-shirt with a famous landmark or place on it, receiving a postcard (at school) showing a landform, landmark, etc or by answering a mystery question. For this, I have a large question mark that has holes punched in it. I roll up strips with more challenging questions and place one in each hole. I randomly select a student several times a day to come and choose a question. To keep track of points for these items, I use red, blue, and white squares of construction paper with the WAA logo on it. Each color is an assigned point value. When they have enough cards to equal 10 points, they may turn them in for a foot. At the end of the unit, the top 8 students participate in the WAA Bowl. The questions are the same ones they have completed earlier. After the Bowl, we have a "Taste of America" where students bring in foods from the various regions of the US to share. During this unit we also make a geo-dictionary as a project.


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