USA ROAD TRIP! Each student will select a STATE to research!
Today we will use 2 resources: CULTURE GRAMS & SCHOLATIC TRUFLIX
user name and password for CULTURE GRAMS is - garretthome
Tru-Flix= gcps + lunch pin
Today we will create a postcard about Garrett County in order to share with our Pen Pal!
Creating a Postcard for our Grid Pals!
As a class, we will connect to a sister school. Please include at least 3 themes of Geography in your postcard!
Grade 6 Social Studies
POSTCARD PEN PAL CHECKLIST
include accurate information about where you live?
check for spelling errors?
include a polite greeting and closing at the end -- Sincerely, Your pen pal, etc?
include 3 themes of geography?
Add your city and state to determine the latitude and longitude coordinates.
GOOGLE MAPS & GOOGLE EARTH
Maryland has five regions. They are the Western Region, Capital Region, Central Region, Southern Region and the Eastern Shore Region.
Western Maryland is a great place for outdoor adventures. You can climb Maryland's highest mountain, swim in numerous lakes, hike the Appalachian Trail, brave white-water rapids or enjoy all kinds of winter sports from skiing to ice fishing. The three counties of Western Maryland, where fall foliage arrives first and winter usually stays the longest, were Maryland's last frontier.
One of the most important events in Western Maryland in the early 1800s was the opening of the National Road, the first highway built with federal funds. Later, the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad and the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal carried people and goods to and from the western states.
This part of the state is in the Appalachian Mountain region, where apples, peaches, maple syrup, honey and lumber are abundant.
Garrett County, the westernmost county in the state, was the last part of Maryland to be settled. The first settlers arrived in 1764, and were mostly English, German and Irish settlers from Pennsylvania. In 1872, the county was founded and named for B&O Railroad president John Work Garrett because of the importance of the railroad in county history.
This frontier region is where you'll find Backbone Mountain, the highest mountain in the state, which is 3,360 feet tall. Near the town of McHenry is Deep Creek Lake, the state's largest manmade lake, and Wisp, a popular ski resort. All over the county, there are state parks and forests with beautiful foliage, waterfalls and lakes for travelers to explore.
Nature isn't the only thing you'll find in Garrett County. Oakland, the county seat, was once a resort area and a retreat for many famous Americans, including Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Harvey Firestone and William Jennings Bryant. Also in Oakland are the old B&O Railroad Station and the Garrett County Historical Museum.