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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 [...]

Illustrated Textbook: Cartographic Decisions (2)

September 8, 2017 // 0 Comments

We continue our discussion of map projections as those blasted plastic shapes (literally) make their appearance, we go TANGENT on our maps, and realize that Mina has a penchant for sharp things. Click to enjoy! Other key terms covered: CONIC PROJECTION, CYLINDRICAL PROJECTION, PLANAR (AZIMUTHAL, ZENITH) PROJECTION, and INTERRUPTED [...]

Lessons & Worksheets: Map Scale via the U.S. Department of then Interior

September 2, 2017 // 0 Comments

Have students read up on map scale with information that comes straight from the professionals. The U.S. Geologic Survey has a write-up about MAP SCALE that is clear and concise. This is a great take-home read for homework, or a quick in-class popcorn read. Lexile® Measure: 900L – 1000L (8th grade reading level) Download the PDF below: Map Scale Geologic Survey Reading [...]

Illustrated Textbook: Upside-Down Maps

September 1, 2017 // 0 Comments

Dex finds out that cartographers have super-powers, how map-making is more than doodles on paper, and how the SOUTH-UP MAP ORIENTATION can flip our worlds. Click to [...]

INTERACTIVE: Boomtown Flood Town

August 30, 2017 // 0 Comments

If you want an opportunity to show how GIS can help solve real world problems and discover correlation, look no further! Boomtown, Flood Town is an interactive article with map overlays that show Houston and the many different variables that pertain to flooding.  [...]

Illustrated Textbook: Using Maps to Find Location

August 21, 2017 // 0 Comments

This page wraps up the Wyoming fatal traffic accident puzzle with a little help from a concept called SCALE. Vocabulary terms MAP and MENTAL MAP (aka COGNITIVE MAP) are also introduced. Go on walkabout HERE to find out why geography is truly a matter of life and death, and why salamander-platypuses were all the rage once upon a [...]

Lessons & Worksheets: The Five Themes of Geography and Current Events

August 18, 2017 // 0 Comments

If you want your students to start engaging with new sources and happen to be studying the five themes of geography, here is a worksheet for you. Step 1: Have your kids learn about the five themes of geography via lecture, research, or article. Here are good summary notes provided by Stanislaus University if you need a place to start. Step 2: The Five Themes of Geography in Practice together and let the kids work either alone or in groups to find current event article that can relate to each of the five themes. I’ve found this best done as an in-class activity to help answer their questions and guide their thinking. I have students type in a topic in Google and then click on news to see what interesting news articles pop up. Some students might struggle with creative thought here and try to simply type in “Location” or “Five Themes of Geography” which will typically not yield good search results. Tell them to refer back to their notes and try to think of [...]

Illustrated Textbook: Location’s Three Types of Distribution

August 14, 2017 // 0 Comments

We continue to discuss spatial distribution with our example of traffic fatalities in the state of Wyoming. This page deals with critical fundamentals-SPATIAL DISTRIBUTION, and it’s three types: PATTERN, DENSITY, and CONCENTRATION. We also talk about what it means to be CLUSTERED and DISPERSED, and the differences between LINEAR PATTERN, CENTRALIZED PATTERN, and RANDOM PATTERN (the oxymoron). Click to [...]

Illustrated Textbook: GIS, GPS, and the Clumping of “Things”

August 10, 2017 // 0 Comments

Greetings! In this installation GIS and GPS make an appearance, we find out about about the AGGREGATE of “things”, and find out how geography can help us solve the cause of traffic fatalities in Wyoming (or anywhere for that matter). Click below to access the [...]

Illustrated Textbook: The Importance of the Spatial Perspective

August 7, 2017 // 0 Comments

Alright! This is what all of you John Snow geeks have been waiting for. Oh, you thought I was talking about Game of Thrones!… …No no…. Dr. John Snow of the London cholera epidemic-the father of epidemiology. This is one of my favorite pages so far and I am very excited to share it with you, and hopefully your students. We learn why the SPATIAL PERSPECTIVE is so darn important and what maps and toilet paper have in common. Click below to read the newest page. In my hunting for my favorite John Snow materials, I found this interactive game where students need to guess which pump was tainted (it is very basic, but does the job). If you are into primary source documents, you can have your students read Dr. Snow’s report on the cholera outbreak here. And if you are into pre-made worksheets, I found a great one from Oregon State. More recently, I saw a video going around about how cholera spreads from the Global Health Media Project, it is very well done and I think [...]

Lessons & Worksheets: Site & Situation Factors

August 3, 2017 // 0 Comments

Greetings! It’s nap time in the house so I whipped up a site and situation worksheet for you to enjoy. Topics cover SITE, SITUATION, ABSOLUTE LOCATION, and RELATIVE LOCATION. If you haven’t also checked out the Stratfor-Geographic Challenges Youtube channel-GET ON IT! These are two-minute video clips on a bunch of countries, explaining their geographic sites and situations. I use it in this worksheet. If your kids aren’t 1:1, you could complete the Youtube task as a class. Download Worksheet Key and Worksheet Blank HERE:  Site and Situation Worksheet Now check out Stratfor’s Youtube Channel! [...]

Illustrated Textbook: Location-It’s All Relative

July 28, 2017 // 0 Comments

The whole gang make an appearance on this page and flex their skills on everything that is relative. RELATIVE LOCATION, RELATIVE DIRECTION, and RELATIVE DISTANCE are the centers of attention. Click the image to enjoy. Click to read! [...]

Illustrated Textbook: Location-Site and Situation

July 25, 2017 // 0 Comments

If you’ve ever wanted to know the distance between Reykjavik, Iceland and Timbuktu, Mali, this page is for you. ABSOLUTE and RELATIVE LOCATION are covered, as well as ABSOLUTE DISTANCE. I would also like to dedicate this page to the countless number of AP Reading colleagues who are / have traveled to Iceland for professional development. It is definitely on my bucket list. Click the image to enjoy! [...]
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