3rd Grade: Solving Geography-Based Problems

3rd Graders at Columbine recently completed a STEM Unit focused on geography. Throughout the unit, students explored maps and identified their uses, elements, and differences based on type and purpose. In addition to learning all about maps, students also built empathy by gaining a new understanding of the impact that geography-based problems can have on our lives. They studied floods, earthquakes, volcanoes, landslides, and many more natural disasters. After understanding these disasters, students picked one and worked in groups to plan and model a solution on their handmade topographic maps. During the feedback stage, each group presented their design to the class and fielded questions about the feasibility and reliability of their solutions. At the conclusion of this unit, students understood that studying and understanding geography is about much more than just looking at maps.