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Digital Bubble Maps - Geography of our Environment


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Keywords: special education, special needs, geography, science
Subject(s): Special Needs
Grades P-K through 6
School: Perris High School, Perris, CA
Planned By: Dow
Original Author: Dow, Perris
Objective:
1. Students will look around their environment and distinguish-visually-geographical features associated to their climate and region.

Materials:
1. Bubble map worksheet-single bubble
2. Digital camera
3. Computer
4. Printer
5. Scissors
6. Glue stick

Procedure:
1. Introduce to the students visually how geographical elements change depending on the are you live and the climate. Example: city, rural, hot, or cold areas.
2. Explain to the students that our environment is quite different from a colder one Items to look at: types of plant life, landforms, animal life, and weather.
3. Explain to the students that you want them to make a visual document of what they see in their geographical environment.
4. Have students go outside and record their findings using a digital camera. Emphasize to each student that you will see different elements depending on their point of view. What do you see in your geographical environment?
5. Print out each students findings.
6. Have students organize, cut out, and paste their visual images on a bubble map.
7. With assistance, have each student verbally express what they have seen. Have each student try to write down their findings on their bubble map below each picture. Ask the student what the item in the picture is and why is this item different from other regions in the world-example-climate and area(city or rural area.)

Discussion Questions:
1. Have students share what they have captured and explain why they took the picture. What is the geographical element represent? Ask the students to think about the climate and the region we live in and contrast it from a different type of region-example: Alaska compared to California
Comments
This lesson is geared for severe needs students that have low reading levels: pre primer to third grade. The visual element adds a way for the students to express the assignement without struggling to write it out.
Materials: Autism, Word Processor, Early Learning, Printers, Digital Cameras, Cause and Effect