LESSON & VIDEO: The Geospatial Revolution E.1 (17:44)

October 7, 2016 // 0 Comments

Objective: Students will understand the change in the purpose maps play in the contemporary world. Students will also be able to identify what is the Geospatial Revolution. Procedure: Students will watch the video, The Geospatial Revolution-Episode 1, provided by Penn State Public Broadcasting and answer the two worksheet questions. Worksheet with questions below. the-geospatial-revolution-youtube [...]

INTERACTIVE: Map Projection- Google and Jason Davies

August 19, 2014 // 0 Comments

Thanks to the Vsauce video, What Does the Earth Look Like,  we can use a few other helpful sites to interact with map projection. The first one is Google’s Mercator Map Puzzle where it gives you red country pieces that have distorted sizes and shapes. The player must drag the shapes around to find out what they “correctly” look like on a mercator map. The second interactive is Jason Davies’ interactive map projection website that allows the user to select a different map projection from a drop down and see how it effects the different shapes of the continents. Look for a worksheet that uses this website later. This one is [...]

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 [...]
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