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Four on the floor

By Staff | Apr 5, 2013

Kerry Grochow’s fourth-grade class at Ely Elementary got a close-up look at the geography of North Dakota in recent project.

The students did a scaled-down floor map of the state, converting the measurements from miles to inches and turning their classroom floor into a map.

“Part of fourth grade is studying North Dakota,” Grochow said. “Each (12-inch) ruler is 15 miles and we measure it out. It’s theirs. The only time I interfere is when it’s way off.”

Putting the map down took about two days.

After putting in rivers, highways and other landmarks, the students had a major homework project: building small models of the communities throughout the state.

Each student got to select their own town or city.

The students said their favorite parts were learning about North Dakota, designing and scaling the map and picking the towns and figuring out where they were located.

“It’s a super-visual with North Dakota,” Grochow said.

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