Friday, December 9, 2011

Geographical Comparisons!

Recently while studying comparative suffixes (-er and -est),

Mrs. Ranney's students had the opportunity

to combine this skill with their studies of 

landforms and bodies of water!


Some super researchers used internet search engines 
and found out the following:

Francesca discovered that the Nile River is the 
longest river in the world!

Nicole learned that it is colder at the South Pole 
than at the North Pole! 

Gregory and Vanessa found out that the  
tallest mountain 
in the world is Mt. Everest!

Eve read that the Pacific Ocean is bigger than the Atlantic!


What geographical comparisons can you make?

Use the Online World Book Encyclopedia to research some facts about 
landforms or bodies of water.
Share those facts in your comments!
Goldie, the Garibaldi, our research mascot, says, "Be sure that you put the facts you find in your own words! Do not just copy from the encyclopedia. That is called plagiarism, and it is not allowed!"



  1. Dear Mrs. Ranney and class,

    I found out that the Mississippi River drains in to the Gulf of Mexico. Some people think the Mississippi River is the longest River in the United States, and some people think the Misouri River is the longest river.

    Your classmate,

  2. Dear Mrs. Ranney and Class,

    Did you know that Mt. Whitney is the tallest mountain in the contiguous United States? At the top of the summit, the elevation is 14,505 feet. My stepdad, Shawn climbed it this past August for the fourth time. At the top of the mountain you get to sign your name in a guest book!

    All the best,


  3. Dear Class,

    Did you know that the Appalachian Mountains are one of the largest mountains in North America? They are the second largest to be exact. These mountains extend about 1,500 miles. It is between a lot of states like all the Atlantic Coastal Plains states. This mountain range is divided into three main sections called the Blue Ridge, the Great Valley, and the Ridge and Valley Province. The mountains are 435 million and 250 million years old which makes them the oldest mountains in North America. These mountains were named after the Apalachee indians. This mountain peak rises 6,684 feet near Asheville, N.C. The Blue Ridge has most of the tallest mountains, including the tallest, Mt. Mitchell.

    I can't wait to hear about what you learn.

    Yours truly,

  4. Dear Class,

    Did you know that Death Valley is a deep through and is about 130 miles long and from 6 to 14 miles wide? It lies 282 feet below sea level. The highest temperature in the United States was 134 degrees which was recorded in July of 1913.
    In the summer it's usually about 125 degrees.

    Best regards,
    Josh and Dylan♥

  5. Dear Mrs. Ranney and Class,

    The Southern Ocean is the fourth largest ocean on the planet earth that covers Antarctica. It is (22 million square kilometers), and the other way to call it is Antarctic Ocean. The temperature is -70 and in midwinter and the sun never rises. The Southern Ocean is narrow and deep. The hottest season is August. The average wind speed is 40 to 67 mph.

    Yours Truly,
    PS. The Southern Ocean is freezing!

  6. Dear Hayley,

    I did know Mt. Whitney is the tallest mountain in the contiguous United States, and I knew the elevation which you already answered. Did you know the Rocky Mountains are the largest mountain system in North America?

    Best wishes,

  7. Dear Mrs. Ranney and class,

    I found out that the Snake River is 1,078 miles long. It is also the largest tributary of the Columbia River. The Columbia River is the largest river in North America, and it empties into the Pacific Ocean.

    Warm Regards,

  8. Dear Mrs. Ranney and Class,

    Did you that the Indian Ocean is the third largest ocean in the world? It borders Australia and Indonesia. Lots of animals live there especially in the Red Sea, The Persian Gulf, and along the Coastal Waters. We hope you enjoyed the facts we shared with you.

    Best Wishes,

    Bella and Hayley

  9. Vanessa and FrancescaDecember 16, 2011 at 9:13 AM

    Dear Mrs.Ranney and class,

    Did you know that the Pacific Ocean is the largest body of water is the world? We found out that the Pacific Ocean covers about 66 million square miles of the earth. In addition the word Pacific means peaceful.

    Best regards,
    Vanessa and Francesca ♥

  10. Dear Mrs. Ranney and Class,

    Did you know that the Rio Grande River is one of the longest rivers in North America? This river can go 1,900 miles. This river flows through the southwestern United States.

    Best regards,

    Elijah and Dylan

  11. QuynhAnh and NicoleDecember 16, 2011 at 9:17 AM

    Dear Mrs. Ranney ,

    Did you know that Asia is the largest continent in both size and population, and Southwest Asia's most common kind of art is Islamic art? About 340 million people live in Southwest Asia. I hope you enjoy learning some facts about Asia.


    Quynh-Anh and Nicole ♥

  12. Dear Mrs. Ranney and class,

    We learned that the Everglades cover the land from Lake Okeechobee to Florida Bay and part of the Gulf Of Mexico. The northern part of this landform consists of a prairie covered by shallow water and by saw grass, a grass like plant with sharp, jagged edges that grow as high as 12 feet in some places. It is located in Southern Florida.

    Best regards,
    Andrew and Josh

  13. Dear Mrs. Ranney and Class,

    The Dead Sea is a salt water lake in southwestern Asia. Its shore, lies about 1,391 below sea level. Isn't that amazing!

    It is the lowest place on the surface of the earth.

    Your Class Mates,

    Grace and Sydney

  14. Arielle and MelissaDecember 16, 2011 at 1:33 PM

    Ariellr and has left a new comment on your post "Geographical Comparisons!":

    Dear Mrs.Ranney and class,

    Did you know the Amazon River is the second longest River in South America? The Amazon River is 4,000 miles long. It begins in the high Andes Mountains of Peru.

    Arielle and Melissa

  15. Dear Mrs. Ranney and class,

    I am writing about Mount Etna one of the most famous volcano's in the in the world! It is 10,902 feet. Mount Etna is located on the eastern coast of Sicily, Italy near Messina. It is the tallest volcano in Europe, and it is more than 500,000 years old!

    Mount Etna is still active and it last erupted in April 2010.

    When my parents visited Italy a while ago they they had a beautiful view of it from their hotel room.

    Best Wishes,


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