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LESSONS & WORKSHEETS: State of the Union Bingo 2018

January 31, 2018 // 0 Comments

A colleague brought in a State of the Union BINGO this morning, but it had options for “standing up and clapping”, “interrupted boos”, etc. So I edited the document and added better options for the students. It went really well with my first period class. Use or refuse. Once in Google Docs, if you would like to change this version, make a copy to your Google Drive and go bananas. State of the Union Bingo – 2018 Edition Begin around 39:00 minutes for this link. I also posted the link to Politifact for my students to browse.     [...]

Illustrated Textbook: Cultural Traits to Realms

January 30, 2018 // 0 Comments

What do the Russians, Vladimir Putin, and human geography all have in common? _____ [Insert joke answer here], because I don’t have one. In this episode, Russian nesting dolls help us define CULTURAL TRAIT, CULTURAL COMPLEX, CULTURAL INSTITUTIONS, CULTURAL SYSTEM, CULTURAL REGION, and CULTURAL REALMS. Phew! I repeat, there was NO collusion in the making of this [...]

Illustrated Textbook: The Cultural Landscape & Carl Sauer

January 24, 2018 // 0 Comments

It’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for. In this edition we discuss how CULTURAL LANDSCAPES and the BUILT ENVIRONMENT are one in the same, and of course, the importance of a man named CARL O. SAUER. Wait, you don’t know who Carl is? Click to [...]

Illustrated Textbook: The Building Blocks of Culture-2

January 15, 2018 // 0 Comments

The second page of this layout covers CUSTOMS, RITUALS, VALUES, and TABOOs. In this edition, we find out our sports fan doesn’t change his socks, that rituals tend to have religious overtones, and how the vuvuzela single-“horndedly” ruined an entire World Cup tournament. Click to [...]

ARTICLE via Newsweek: Alabama has the Worst Poverty in the Developed World, U.N. Official Says

December 21, 2017 // 0 Comments

Human Imprint: This short article could be presented at the beginning of the year to have kids conduct a Why of Where investigation into the reason for Alabama’s poverty, and it’s impacts. The article discusses ENVIRONMENTAL DEGRADATION, FIRST WORLD vs. THIRD WORLD, HUMAN RIGHTS, POVERTY, DISEASE, POVERTY, UNITED NATIONS, CENSUS BUREAU, MEDIAN-INCOME, WEALTH DISPARITIES, MINORITIES, ECONOMIC INEQUALITY, RACIAL DISCRIMINATION. Click to [...]

Illustrated Textbook: Yi-Fu Tuan & Sense of Place

December 18, 2017 // 0 Comments

This week, we immortalize Yi-Fu Tuan, Professor Emeritus at the University of Madison, Wisconsin. We find out that sense of place is important when fostering citizenship, and how no one takes better care of their city than the Ghostbusters. Click to [...]

Illustrated Textbook: Space vs. Place

December 13, 2017 // 0 Comments

In this installment, we explore the difference between SPACE and PLACE. We find out why having a SENSE-OF-PLACE matters, and what happens when it weakens. Click to [...]

Illustrated Textbook: Koppen’s Climate Map

November 26, 2017 // 0 Comments

We see color make a special appearance with the KOPPEN-GEIGER CLIMATE MAP, we try to make sense of Koppen’s letters, and ask why it’s so important to characterize place traits anyway. Click to [...]

Illustrated Textbook: Place-It’s Physical Characteristics

November 15, 2017 // 0 Comments

In this installment, we venture back to Australia to introduce the next theme of geography, PLACE. We find out how SITE is different from place characteristics, and why there’s no place like any other place, in the world. Click to [...]

Illustrated Textbook: Crappy Mappy

November 9, 2017 // 0 Comments

On this page we wrap up our introduction of maps as we come face to face with a terrifying Greenland, we find out what happens when we stay in our bubbles, and confuse the living daylights out of average-Joe map readers. No, really-all of the male characters on the page are named Joe. Click to [...]


November 8, 2017 // 0 Comments

This fun site is easy to use and visually appealing for users. A quick video gives a tutorial about CARTOGRAM MAPS and how to read it’s information. There are eleven topics that have the potential for animation: Area, Population, Wealth, Extraction, Emissions, Consumption, Historical Consumption, Reserves, People at Risk, Sea Level, and Poverty. You can kill two birds with one stone and see a ROBINSON PROJECTION in use before you distort [...]

INTERACTIVE: European Word Translator

November 6, 2017 // 0 Comments

This is a neat site that one of my students found after I had them do the work the “long” way using Google translate. I gave my students a map of Europe and had them look up a common word using Google Translate. This killed a few birds with one stone because we were able to 1) remind us where countries were in Europe, 2) had them research the predominant language in each country, 3) had them make hypothesis as to the LANGUAGE FAMILIES that each country belonged to, and 4) had them put in use the word “ISOGLOSS” to distinguish where languages diverge. Here is a picture of my finished product that the kids did for their notebook. I think I will still have them complete this assignment using the new website, the only bad thing is that it doesn’t tell them what the predominant languages are for each country. Here is the cool website: European Word [...]

Illustrated Textbook: Choropleth, Proportional Symbol, & Isoline Maps

October 24, 2017 // 0 Comments

In this next edition, we get our monochromatic color-scheme on, find out that junior high math came in handy, and that behind every isoline map is a 3D phoenix just waiting to rise.  This page begins to explore the first 3 of 6 most commonly used map types-CHOROPLETH, PROPORTIONAL SYMBOL, and ISOLINE maps. Click to [...]

VIDEO via The Economist: The Largest Migration in History

October 23, 2017 // 0 Comments

This 2:43 videographic explains the migration trends of contemporary China. This would be great to connect to Ravenstien and Zylinski’s theories when discussing INTERREGIONAL MIGRATION, PULL FACTORS, and RURAL to URBAN MIGRATION. Perhaps even give students a blank map of China and have them illustrate general arrowed trends of migration within China. Much thanks to a tip from Dustin F. on our Facebook group for this golden [...]

VIDEO: via CNN: No, Where Are You REALLY From?

October 20, 2017 // 0 Comments

The short 3:04 minute video clip on CNN about the topic of ETHNICITY and IDENTITY. The article highlights personal experiences about always being asked about their identity. Frank and honest responses are given. I include this when introducing ETHNICITY, SENSE OF PLACE, ACCULTURATION, ASSIMILATION, MULTICULTURALISM, NATIVISM, CULTURAL APPROPRIATION, and [...]

VIDEO: The Disturbing History of the Suburbs via Adam Ruins Everything

October 8, 2017 // 0 Comments

If you’re looking for a way to explain the long lasting effects of systemic racism (at least in terms of housing and poverty), watch the Adam Ruins Everything episode clip on REDLINING. I like to remind kids that when talking about race, the purpose is not to make someone feel guilty and implicit, it is to make people understand the roots of socio-economic disparities, and to see how white-privilage already places some at an advantage even before they are born. [...]

LESSON PLAN: Who Grows There?

October 1, 2017 // 0 Comments

LESSON PLAN: My Human Geography students are extremely fortunate to go on three field trips already. One that is NOT included is one to a variety of local food markets. We have a bunch of different ethnic groups represented in our area all with their respective food stores. So, the next best thing I can do is bring the market to them. After covering intensive/extensive, subsistence/commercial farming types in class lecture, we need to start placing these agricultural activities on the map. I plan on having kids walk around the room looking at different crops and telling me where on the map it is found (and countries), how it grows, and what type of commercial agriculture it likely is: extensive grain cropping, intensive grain cropping, market gardening, mixed crop livestock, plantation (LDC), speciality crop (MDC), Aquaculture, Ranching, and Dairying (I think I hit them all). I picked up about 15-20 items from the store that will work well in class (no dairy/meat/fish) and placed them [...]

Illustrated Textbook: Cartographic Decision #3: Data Organization

September 28, 2017 // 0 Comments

Maps continue to show us their true colors as the Professor flips the map on American incarceration rates. Find out why Dex is likely to meet someone who’s been to jail, and why statistics presented as total #’s vs. % matters….BIG TIME. Click to [...]

INTERACTIVE: The Art of Gerrymandering

September 16, 2017 // 0 Comments

If you want to see how voting districts have been gerrymandered over time, check out The Art of Gerrymandering. It gives you the ability to toggle through fifty years of voting district maps for each state of the union. It also gives a primer on the topic of redistricting and gerrymandering to start. Thanks to Emily C. from the Facebook group for the [...]
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