Wheat Farms, Flour Mills, and Railroads: A Web of Interdependence
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Students break into three groups, with each group working on either (1) flour mills, (2) wheat farms, or (3) railroads. Each group reviews the readings and photos below and then lists all words or concepts they can think of that show the interdependence of their topic with the other two topics. Students will debate which element was most important.
Reading 1 Photo 1 Photo 4
Reading 2 Photo 2 Photo 5
Reading 3 Photo 3 Map
Agriculture in the Midwest
What does the term "America's Breadbasket" mean?
Watch U.S. Geography Close-ups: Midwest: Vol.1
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Review the agricultural products the Midwest is known for. How do advertisers use slogans like "Got Milk?" to draw attention to their products?
How do other advertising campaigns help promote and sell specific products?
In what ways can they be used to inform people about unfamiliar or new products?
Make a billboard advertising an agricultural product found in the Midwest.
Be creative but your billboard must include the following:
- A product slogan
- Drawings, photographs, or some form of illustration
- Uses for the product
- The Midwest state(s) where the product was grown or produced
- Details about how the product was made
Tamar Burris, freelance education writer and former elementary teacher
Lesson Plan from www.Discoveryschool.com
Lesson Plan adapted by Kirk Bille
Respond to these questions on your blog.
1. How did humans change the land in the Midwest?
2. Was this a good thing to do? Why or why not?
Thoughtfully respond to the blog of one other person in our class who has a different opinion than you.