Middle school students learn local geography

Students in Beth Stofflet’s 7th grade social studies classes recently learned about local geography, with help from the DeForest Historical Society.

“To help my students understand the changing landscapes of local geography, as well as practice using satellite images, I had them use old photos and Google Maps,” said Stofflet.  John Englesby and Judy Ewald from the DeForest Historical Society helped identify old photos of DeForest landmarks, such as businesses, homes, and schools.  Stofflet made it into a guessing game, “Students looked at the old photos, trying to guess where it was and if the space was still used by people in the same way.  They then entered the addresses in Google Maps to see what was there now, using today’s technology to connect with the past.”

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