Welcome to Access America! This year you will be visiting and researching internet sites and other sources of information to find data about the climate, geography, resources, economy, and history of different areas of our nation. You will discover unique weather patterns and phenomena, as well as incredible landforms and bodies of water. You will also investigate a vast array of natural resources and profitable businesses and industries. Even more, you'll "meet" important people and "relive" significant historical events that have helped to define the five U.S. regions.

During our studies of the United States regions, you have the choice of completing one of the projects listed below. Read each option and determine which project is the right fit for you. In your project, you need to identify key information to answer the essential questions about your region.

Travel Agent/Tour Guide
Imagine you could be a tour guide or travel agent. Your job involves being familiar with interesting and important information about a specific region. Create an electronic travel guide and fact cards for one of the five regions that include information, pictures, captions, videos, and other important facts about your region.

Museum Curator
A museum is great place to see things and learn about a region and its history. What would you include in a Region Museum? Create a virtual museum that includes information, pictures, captions, videos, and other important facts about your region.

President's Advisor
The president wants to visit a US region. Your job is to create a Trip Proposal with the important information about the region. It should include information, pictures, captions, videos, and other important facts about your region.

Entrepreneur/Business Owner
Many businesses are picky about where to build their businesses. Location to resources and transportation are important factors in their decision-making. Create a new business proposal such as fashion store, lodge owner, hunting/fishing outfitter, or another kind of business for a region. Be sure that includes information, pictures, captions, videos, and other important facts about your region.

Scientist/Ecologist
What can we do to help? The world needs your knowledge! You need to figure out what the world needs to know about the environmental issues and ecological impact of decisions being made in your region. Create a digital media form that relates important information about your region to the ecological issues of our day. (For example, how does the increasing population of an area influence animal populations? ) Be sure to include information, pictures, captions, videos, music, and other important facts about your region.

Musician/Poet
Imagine what you could teach the world about a region if you could put it to music! In this project, you can write create songs, music videos, and poems to help others learn. Be sure to include information, pictures, captions, videos, music samples, and other important facts about your region.