November 11th, 2019




What is Geography?

       "Geography is the study of places and the relationships between people and their environments. Geographers explore both the physical properties of Earth’s surface and the human societies spread across it. They also examine how human culture interacts with the natural environment and the way locations and places can have an impact on people. Geography seeks to understand where things are found, why they are there, and how they develop and change over time." 

       This year, Florida is celebrating Geography Awareness Week by encouraging students to explore their creativity! Utilize your skills in geographical thinking, reading and writing with new activities each day. We challenge students to use various creative methods to record and apply their experiences with natural Florida to the real world.


       The best part of GeoWeek is sharing the fun! Gather your friends, family, coworkers, and everyone in between to help you celebrate our wonderful planet. Use these activity and event ideas during Geography Awareness Week—and the rest of the year—to show your love for geography. 

- National Geographic Society



Using their device, students will look up paintings of natural Florida. Examine the paintings for plants, animals or insects they recognize from their local community. Record them on a piece of paper and discuss findings with the class. 



  • Using the paintings of Florida students found at the beginning of class, have each table create "Setting Poems".

  • To write a Setting Poem, students will:


  • Choose five nouns from their painting

  • Write an adjective or two to describe each noun

  • Select a strong verb for each noun

  • Include an adverb, a prepositional phrase, or a simile where appropriate

  • Link as a poem making use of patterns wherever possible!


  • Example:


Above the marsh, fluffy white clouds float among the streaks of blue.

Towering trees frame the landscape, stately Pines and thick-headed Palms.

The channel winds its way between the dense grasses, rising and falling with the tides.

Wood Storks with their long legs and curved beaks, feed in the dark estuary.

Beneath the water, a rich stew of life hunts and avoids being hunted.

  • After students have written and shared their poems, teachers may share photos of historical Florida from FloridaMemory.com with the class.

This lesson is from the The Complete K-5 Writing Workshop.

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