ERIC Number: ED199137
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Twenty Activities to Expand Your Students' Knowledge of the World While Studying Your State. A Global Perspectives Experimental Unit.
Cleveland, Alice Ann; Lewis, Nancy G.
This unit contains 20 classroom activities which have a global approach and will enable junior or high school students to learn about their state and the world. Student materials and teaching procedures are provided for each activity. Some examples of the activities follow. In one activity students compare the size of New Mexico with another area of the world they are studying. In another activity students are given a list of geographical features (e.g. canyon/valley), a map of their state, and a world atlas and asked to locate as many of the geographical features as possible first in their state and then in the world. The activity "Foods: Which Are American?" involves students in checking the "American Heritage" dictionary to find the area from which various foods came and to study the etymology of the words. In an activity on "Restaurants and Their Specialties" students find the restaurant section of the yellow pages and list the restaurants under the following headings: foods of local or regional areas, foods of foreign areas, and general foods served. In two of the activities, students use maps--a U.S. map and a state map--to find the answers to specific questions such as "Which states share a border with eight other states?" or "How many county seats in New Mexico have a population of over 5000?" In another activity students use statistics from the almanac to compare their state with another country of similar geography. They compare literacy rate, population density, percentage of various ethnic groups, chief crops, and life expectancy at birth. Other activities involve students in drawing conclusions from a silent viewing of a filmstrip and re-evaluating following the addition of the narrated information, exploring various aspects of an area of a people through a discussion of pictures, and locating areas where events are happening and categorizing them. Although written for use with students in New Mexico, the materials can very easily be used in other states. (Author/RM)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Food, Geography, Global Approach, Library Skills, Local History, Map Skills, Secondary Education, State History, Units of Study
Albuquerque Teachers' Learning Center, 712 Girard N.E., Albuquerque, NM 87106 ($3.00).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Albuquerque Teachers' Learning Center, NM.
Identifiers: New Mexico