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MATH: Food from Your State

You’d like to grow some new crops on your farm, but want to make sure that you will have

buyers for these crops within your state.  Before you decide which crops to add, consider the following:

                          1. What crops are already grown in your state? Be sure to consider grains, vegetables,

                               fruits, and even trees.

                          2.  What are the growing conditions in your state? (length of growing season, availability

                               of water, annual temperature, precipitation averages, and so on)

                      3.  What other crops could produce abundant yields in your state?


      1. Make a large map of your state. Use symbols to represent crops grown in your state.

           Be sure to include a key to the symbols. Use reference sources, such as atlases, 

           USDA data, or data from your county farm bureau, to find the average harvest of each

           crop, such as number of bushels per acre. Include this data on your map.

    2. List two or three new crops that would be suitable to grow in your state. For each crop,

        find out how much produce you can expect, such as number of bushels per acre or

        number of trees per acre. Use reference sources such as the ones mentioned above.



Pretend you are the leader of a civilization and you need to build a place for your people to live.  Write three journal entries around your experiences as the leader as your plan out where you will live, how you will adapt, modify, and depend upon your environment. Each entry should be at least a paragraph.



Get a Jr. Scholastic and find an article about the environment.  Read the article and complete the reading worksheet based on finding textual evidence. 



Design a civilization remembering to include:

1.    landscape

2.     food

3.     shelter

4.     transportation routes

5.     water source

6.     resources available

7.     recreation



Many of the scientific and technological contributions made by the ancient people are still in use today. While they have been perfected and improved, the basic idea behind their use remains the same as it was many years ago. Think  about a new invention of today, and draw a visual representation of it.  Then, think about its use 1,000 years from now.  Draw a visual representation of what it will look like then.  Now, write a paragraph about how it will still be in use 3,000 years from now. Be sure to discuss why this contribution has a longer lifespan and is more useful than others. 










Create your own country assignment

You will be creating your own country and designing a map of it.  You will need a blank sheet of 11 x 17 paper as well as a pencil, black pen, and coloring pencils.


  1. Write a full heading on the back of your paper.                          
  2. Draw your country on your piece of paper.


  1. Outline everything in black pen when you are done drawing and labeling in pencil.                                               


Here’s what you need on the map!


1.     Design the theme of your map                                                        


2.     Label these places (you make up the names):

a.     8 cities (not including capital)                                              


b.    1 capital                                                                             


c.     5 physical features (mountains, rivers, desert)                                              


3.     Design a key                                                                                  


4.     Design a compass rose                                                                  


5.     Design a scale       


6.     Elevation key


7.     Latitude / Longitude lines labeled


On the back of this paper, write a paragraph explaining:


1.     What is your place like? (Climate, plant life, animal life)


2.     How does your place/environment impact humans living there?  Give 2 specific answers with details.



3.     How do the people living in your place impact the environment?   Give 2 specific answers with details.



Questions for big maps:


On the world map:

1.     Circle the names of the 7 continents

2.     Put a star on the 4 MAIN oceans

3.     Draw an arrow that points to the prime meridian

4.     Draw an arrow that points at the equator

5.     Using your compass rose, label the 4 regions of the world

6.     Look at the natural regions in the legend.  For each of the 4 regions in the world you listed for #5, list about each region what their climate is like, animal types, and plant life

7.     Draw a box around the legend

8.     In the legend, underline the symbol for a continental boundary

9.     Trace the continental boundary between Asia & Africa / Asia & Europe

10.  In the legend, underline the symbol for international boundary

11.   In Africa, find Libya.  Trace its international boundaries

12.   Circle the compass rose in the Pacific Ocean

13.  Write in the other 3 cardinal directions missing from the compass rose

14.   In the legend, underline the symbol for a city

15.  Find the US.  Circle 5 cities

16.  In the legend, underline the symbol for a mountain peak

17.  Circle 5 mountain peaks throughout the world

18.  Outline these rivers in Asia: Yangtze and Huang He.

19.  Write 1 way that living on the rivers would be good for the humans and 1 way the river would negatively impact humans living there.  Write this in the Pacific Ocean east of Asia.

20.  Draw the line between the cities of Moscow and Paris (in Europe).

21.  Using the scale, determine the distance between the two cities and write that distance in miles.

22.  Look at Australia.  Write in the continent, what region it qualifies as.

23.  Label the inset map: INSET



On the Americas Map:

1.     Write next to the title, what the 3 Americas are

2.      Put a star in the country that is mostly tundra

3.      Put a box around grasslands

4.     Put dots on the desert areas

5.     Put trees on the forest areas

6.     Write 1 way that each region's location impacts human life - explain how! (Since there are 4 regions, you should have 4 answers)

7.     Write 1 way that humans have changed that region - explain! (Since there are 4 regions, you should have 4 answers)

8.     Draw a line between the cities of Houston and Seattle

9.     Using scale, what is the distance between the cities of Houston and Seattle? Write this along the line you drew to connect them

10.   Is this the actual distance between the two cities? Write on your map why or why not

11.  What natural barrier is on the eastern side of North America?  Using the legend, draw the symbol that represents it all along the natural barrier.

12.  Write on your map, 2 ways those mountains impact human life.