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ERIC Number: EJ1078581
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1933 8341
Potholes and (In) Geography: Studying State Shapes in the Neighborhood
Albert, Donald
Geography Teacher, v12 n2 p63-68 2015
This activity is an amusing, but serious exploration into the idea of shapes for grades 4-8. Its purpose is to encourage students to begin thinking about shapes using concrete (and asphalt) examples from their immediate surroundings (i.e., street, block, neighborhood) while enhancing their mental image of world geography. Rather than allowing all students to investigate all countries of the world, the teacher might assign each group a world region (North America, Latin America, Europe, Russia and Neighboring Countries, Northern Africa and Southwestern Asia, Africa South of the Sahara, South Asia, East Asia, Southeast Asia, and Australia, Oceania, and Antarctica; Bradshaw et al. 2012). Further, this exercise stimulates the evolution of one's mental map while also learning significant place names when indicating shape deviations between potholes and state shape matches. If all else fails the class can submit the pothole pictures and addresses to the appropriate administrative authorities with hopes that the most notorious of these hazards are patched sooner rather than later.
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