Lessons and Worksheets: Geography Fundamentals: Nature and Scope

LESSON PLAN: Types of Cultural Diffusion

August 7, 2014 // 0 Comments

Human Imprint Notes: I have my students complete this assignment to apply their understanding of the different types of diffusion to real world scenarios that they choose. By the end of the year, I am always a bit amazed that they are able to recall what their little drawing was for each type of diffusion. And don’t let the non-artists complain their way out of this one. Stick figures are totally encouraged (that is the purpose of a caption). Time: 50 Minutes Purpose: Students will learn the differed types of cultural diffusion and practice them by creating illustrated examples on a worksheet. Lecture: Provide the differences between the four different types of diffusion and provide examples. Hierarchic, Contagious, Stimulus, and Relocation diffusions. Worksheet: Pass out the cultural diffusion worksheet and read it together, have the students work on it during the remainder of class and walk around the room to make sure that students are understanding the concept by using [...]

LESSON: Spacial Distribution: Pattern, Concentration, Density

June 25, 2014 // 0 Comments

Teacher’s Notes: This is the lesson that I use for my students to teach them about the concept of spatial distribution and density. I am sure that you can implement a few more fun things like using M&Ms to have them illustrate the different types as well (actually I might try that this year). The blank worksheet and key are below. It usually takes my kids  50 minutes to complete the worksheet and it takes me 20 minutes to complete the lecture. Title: Spacial Distribution: The Final Frontier Topics: Space: Pattern, Distribution, Concentration, Density Time: 50-70 minutes Materials: Lecture Notes, Worksheets Purpose: For students to understand the different types of spatial distributions and types of densities. Procedure: 1) Lecture/Discussion: Explain to students what SPATIAL DISTRIBUTION is and its importance. Provide students with lecture notes on how to figure out the three types of arithmetic density. Explain why it is useful for geographers to [...]

LESSON PLAN: Environmental Determinism, Ellsworth Huntington, and the Decline of Geography | GeoCurrents

October 3, 2013 // 0 Comments

Environmental Determinism, Ellsworth Huntington, and the Decline of Geography | GeoCurrents. Geography is defined as “the study of the earth and its features.” Derived from the Greek for “earth writings,” geography traditionally focused on the world as a whole; investigations of smaller regions were a distinct if related branch of learning. For centuries, the main focus of geographical research was filling in the unknown portions of the world map. But as that task came to an end in the late 1800s and early 1900s, new research frontiers were sought. Many geographers turned to what was then a hot topic in social science: the racial differentiation of humankind. Others attempted to distill geographical laws from the age-old theory of environmental determinism, seeking global correlations among climate, soils, and landforms, on the one hand, and social, political, and cultural forms, on the other. By the 1910s and ‘20s, environmental determinism was the reigning paradigm of [...]
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