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Geography comes alive

Students act the part of the Nile River.

Sixth graders at Marvin Ridge have been excited lately about their Social Studies classes.  They have been learning all about the ancient civilizations of Egypt, Kush, and Canaan.  When students learned the basic concepts of social studies, one of the hardest concepts for them to grasp was human environment interaction.

Students recently made the topography of the regions around the Nile River, Mediterranean Sea, Red Sea, Sea of Galilee, Dead Sea and the Jordan River come to life.  By becoming these bodies of water, and the surrounding deserts, it became apparent to students why civilizations formed where they did.  Maps became easier to read.  Bodies of water and landforms became easier to identify.  Students were able to associate places on a map with where students’ bodies had lain on the floor to create these areas in the classrooms.

Discussion with classmates and making geography come to life can make learning interesting for all.  Teachers like it because it helps motivate students.  Students like it because of the interaction with their peers.  “It was a great way to work with our friends to learn about the geography of ancient [civilizations].”  ~Anna Hallmark, 6th grade student


Written by: Brenda Kasell
Posted: Nov 26, 2013 by Brita Mann

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