New In Town
Students pick a new residence and research the area.
Level: Grade 6-8
Originated by: Treetop Publishing
If you could pick anywhere to live in the United States, where would you go? Students pick a new place to live, and go on a fact-finding mission about the area. Include photos of the area printed from the internet or requested from that area’s Chamber of Commerce or a Travel Agency. A great web site for research is www.City-Data.com.
Page 1: Map of where you are now, leading to where you’re going
Page 2: Table of Contents
Page 3: Photo or drawing of the area you are moving to
Page 4: How many miles are you from your old residence; Miami, Florida; New York City, NY; Seattle, Washington; and San Diego, California?
Page 5: State Facts such as Motto, Nickname, Bird, Flower, etc.
Page 6-7: Area Facts: Population, Median Income, Median Value of Homes, etc.
Page 8: Climate Information
Page 9: What your new home would look like
Page 10: What your new room would look like
Page 11: Information about your new school – location, mascot, etc.
Page 12-15: Things for you to do – sports, clubs, movie theaters, attractions, parks, zoo, etc.
Page 16: Shopping locations – food, clothing
Page 17: Doctor and Medical Facilities
Page 18: Resources for your pet – Vet, Dog Park, Kennels, Grooming, Training Classes, etc.
Page 19: How will you get where you need to go? What kind of public transportation is there?
Page 20: What are some of the different foods that are popular in the area?
Page 21: What kind of industry or agriculture is in the area?
Page 22: What animals/insects are in the area that were not in your previous residence?
Page 23-24: Historical facts and celebrations in the area
Page 25-26: Use these pages to talk about something you find interesting about the area, and how you think you might spend a typical weekend.
Page 27: Tell why you chose the area where you’re moving
Page 28: Things you learned about the area that surprised you.