Illustrated Textbook

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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! [...]
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