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Middle School Geography Fair

The 6th Grade Geography Fair asks students to use skills and knowledge learned during the first semester of Social Studies to complete a project called Lost Island.  They create an island with physical features that work together realistically and logically, then place it within one of the regions of the world by drawing a physical map of it.  After that they create a succession of population density and political maps based on the landform-combinations of their island and the culture-region in which they've placed it.  They name the features of their island and then use translators to rewrite those names in the languages used by real countries in the same region. They also research the "Five Themes of Geography" and culture of their island by researching real countries it would be near.  In the end, students create a place that would fit right in.  The amount of work that goes into these is impressive and the students did an excellent job this year.