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Thursday, June 12, 2014

Social Studies at Doherty

Mr. Keane, our social studies teacher, has many active ways for us study geography. One of them was to send a journal around the world. In class, we received a sheet describing the process. Then, we had an organizer to fill out for homework. It included space for information about us: interests, hobbies, sports, and pets, about Doherty: number of students, grades, and classes, info about Andover: population, location, distance from Boston, and what Andover is like, and info about Massachusetts. In class, we turned that information into a letter. Then, we copied that letter into a composition note book. When that was done we started the next. To make the journals more interesting, we brought in receipts, photos, and other things from home. We glued them in and labeled them. If we wanted to make our letters personal, though, we had to place sticky notes in the notebooks.

We brought two addresses of family or friends outside Massachusetts. We wrote these on the big envelopes in which the journals went.. Our ELA teacher checked the letters and the journals were brought to the post office and sent off. Now people receive the journals, write in them, email Mr. Keane, and send them off again. In the month of May we will be receiving full journals. In the journals, there will be so much info about what the weather or land is like in different places. We hope to reach our goal; learning as much as possible about geography. When people write their activities or careers, they are telling us what their geography allows them to do. They also give us examples of place, location, human environment interaction, region, and movement in their letters. We all love doing this project!

Laura Mahaniah, Doherty Middle School
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