(Instructions to create a California Region PowerPoint - PPT)

Introduction
Since the times of Spanish explorers, Mexican soldiers, and American pioneers, California has been found to be a land of opportunity and diversity. This is likely the reason your family lives here today.
California is located on the western coast of the United States, bordering the Pacific Ocean. Due to its size and distinct landforms, geographers have broken California into four major regions. These regions include the Mountain Region, Desert Region, Pacific Coast Region, and the Central Valley Region.
What makes each of these regions so unique? What are each region's distinct features and characteristics? What attracts people to live in, or visit, these regions?
Get ready to take a journey, and become an expert on the Regions of California!



TASK
Your group will consist of four travel agents that are gathering information to get people to come and visit a region of California:

1. Group #1 will research the Desert Region

2. Group #2 will research the Pacific Coast Region.

3. Group #3 will research the Mountain Region.

4. Group #4 will research the Central Valley Region.

Each group will create a travel PPT that sells your region to potential visitors. Your group’s PPT should include:
1. A map showing the location of each region.
2. An illustration, or pictures, of each region that may include the various animals and plants that live there.
3. Regional climate (So tourists know what clothing to pack in their suitcases!)
4. Show at least 2 tourist attractions or activities in each region in which visitors might be interested. You may want to pinpoint these spots on your map.
5. A catchy slogan to make tourists want to come and visit.
6. Bibliography of cited references.

You will each be given a travel journal to keep track of all your exciting trips and adventures. In it, you will write down the important information you gather in each stop, which will help when creating your travel poster.

PROCESS

O.K. We've got a group, so NOW what do we do?
Step 1
Each person in the group decides what part they want to research and prepare.
Step 2
Use your travel journal to record the Internet sites, places visited on your trip, important facts, pictures,etc. Make sure to include your opinions, or feelings, about each stop, as well as a careful bibliography.
Step 3
Create a catchy slogan to attract tourists. Record that into your Travel Journal.
Step 4
Team Meeting: Get together to share facts, slogan, and ideas for the PowerPoint. Design your PPT slides on worksheet.
REMEMBER: You don't have to agree, but every opinion is valuable.
Step 5 Begin creating the PPT.
Step 6
Include bibliography slide
Step 7
Team Meeting: Finalize PPT. Plan and rehearse for presentation.
Step 8
Sell your region to the class!
Step 9
Hand in project and complete Reflection Log.

EVALUATION
Each group member will be scored individually as follows:


A catchy slogan for the region =
5 points
State map with region location =
5 points
Illustrations/pictures =
10 points
Climate =
5 points
5 or more regional facts =
25 points
2 tourist attractions, including details and location =
20 points
C.U.P.S. =
(Capitalization, Usage, Spelling, Punctuation)
5 points
Bibliography =
10 points
Reflection Log =
5 points
Group Presentation =
10 points
Total
100 points



Conclusion
Wow, you look exhausted from your trip around the big, beautiful state of California! Welcome home, and a job well done.
Self and group reflection is important, especially after such a journey.
Take the time to fill in the Reflection Log, using your Travel Journal to help you.


Extra Credit
** If you would like to expand this project, and receive extra credit, consider the following options:

1. Plan a written tour guide of the region. Include at least 3 stops, and consider transportation and the money needed to visit.
2. Prepare a PPT on another region in California. Compare the two regions.
3. Write an acrostic or quatrain poem about your region, using the facts and details that you have learned.
4. Create a survey about California and it's regions. After recording at least 50 responses, graph your results.





Role 1

Travel Agency #1 - Desert Region Trip
Your job is to visit the Desert Region of California. Remember, you're trying to sell potential tourists on this region, so take careful notes as you visit the places below.

Travel to the Mojave Desert.
http://www.fhsu.edu/biology/Eberle/DesertSW/Deserts.htm

Native Americans that called the desert their home.
http://www.cabrillo.edu/~crsmith/anth6_desert.html

Visit Death Valley and Joshua Tree.
http://www.tedsimages.com/text/deserts.htm

Tourism in California
http://www.visitcalifornia.com/state/tourism/ tour_inc_navigation.jsp?PrimaryCat=Regions

Plants and animals of the desert region.
http://www.sw-center.org/swcbd/goldenstate/cdca/species.html

The climate and geology of California.
http://www.netstate.com/states/geography/ca_geography.htm

Other Resources

  • Social Studies Book * Encyclopedia (Books or World Book Online) * Interview an adult who has visited the region.



Travel Agency #2 - Mountain Region Trip

Your job is to visit the mountain region of California. Remember, you're trying to sell potential tourists on this region, so take careful notes as you visit the places below.

Internet Links


Scenic pictures of the mountains. http://www.californiapictures.com/whites1c.html

Climb Mt. Whitney http://www.goldenstateimages.com/mountain.htm

Visit Mt. Shasta http://www.shastahome.org/

Real letters about the Donner Party, and early living in Northern California. http://www.sfmuseum.org/hist6/donner.html

About the Donner Party http://www.sfmuseum.org/hist6/donner.html

The geography and climate of the mountain region. http://www.netstate.com/states/geography/ca_geography.htm

Other Resources

  • Social Studies Book * Encyclopedia (Books or World Book Online) * Interview an adult who has visited the region.


Travel Agency #3 - Pacific Coast Trip

Your job is to visit the Pacific Coast region of California. Remember, you're trying to sell potential tourists on this region, so take careful notes as you visit the places below.

Internet Links


The geography and climate of the coastal region. http://www.netstate.com/states/geography/ca_geography.htm

See the fish of the region. http://www.goldenstateimages.com/fish.htm

Enjoy your book to Big Sur. http://www.bigsurcalifornia.org/history.html

Ride the South Pacific Coast Railroad. http://www.spcrr.org/HistorySPCRR.htm

More fish! http://www.goldenstateimages.com/shark.htm

Let's go to the beach! http://www.californiapictures.com/oceanmugu1c.html

Visit the Sierra Club website. http://www.sierraclub.org/ecoregions/paccoast.asp

Other Resources

  • Social Studies Book * Encyclopedia (Books or World Book Online) * Interview an adult who has visited the region.

Travel Agency #4 - Central Valley Trip

Your job is to visit the Central Valley Region of California. Remember, you're trying to sell potential tourists on this region, so take careful notes as you visit the places below.

Internet Links


Climate and geography of the region. http://www.netstate.com/states/geography/ca_geography.htm

Pictures of the beautiful scenery. http://www.terragalleria.com/california/california.central-valley.html

Have important questions about the Central Valley answered here. http://projects.edtech.sandi.net/chavez/californiaquest/images/cactrlvalregion.html

Directions, a map, and things to do in the valley. http://areas.wildernet.com/pages/area.cfm?areaID=CATRCV&CU_ID=1

Let's have fun in the valley! http://www.thingstodo.com/states/CA/central_valley.htm

The Native Americans that called the Central Valley their home. http://www.cabrillo.edu/~crsmith/anth6_central.html

Other Resources

  • Social Studies Book * Encyclopedia * Interview an adult who has visied the region.

Standards

4.1 Students demonstrate an understanding of the physical and human geographic features that define places and regions in California.

3. Identify the state capital and describe the various regions of California, including how their characteristics and physical environments (e.g., water, landforms, vegetation, climate) affect human activity.

4. Identify the locations of the Pacific Ocean, rivers, valleys, and mountain passes and explain their effects on the growth of towns.

5. Use maps, charts, and pictures to describe how communities in California vary in land use, vegetation, wildlife, climate, population density, architecture, services, and transportation.

Reference:

Many thanks to the San Juan Unified School District for developing this webquest.
http://www.sanjuan.edu/webpages/lapatterson/four.cfm?subpage=118572