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Morris, Ronald V. – Geography Teacher, 2016
This article describes a lesson plan that encouraged the usage of digital tools to enhance inquiry as a key tool in teaching elementary social studies. The lesson revolved around a field trip to the home of Civil War Governor Oliver P. Morton (Centerville, Indiana). The active, investigative, and questioning nature of inquiry in social studies…
Descriptors: Data Collection, Lesson Plans, Technology Uses in Education, Elementary Education
Roberts, Kathryn L.; Brugar, Kristy A. – Geography Teacher, 2014
In this article, Kathryn Roberts & Kristy Brugar discuss their assessment of third-, fourth- and fifth-grade children's understandings of the types of maps commonly found in their social studies text and trade books, and the knowledge and misconceptions it revealed. They then discuss how teachers might begin to address those issues with…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Maps, Textbooks, Intervention
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Heffron, Susan Gallagher – Geography Teacher, 2012
"Geography for Life: National Geography Standards, Second Edition" ("GFL2") is the recently released update of the original edition published in 1994. The original edition of "Geography for Life" provided excellent guidance on geographic content for teachers, curriculum designers, publishers, and pre-service teachers as well as many other…
Descriptors: Geography Instruction, Geography, Academic Standards, Curriculum
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Lewis, Lydia – Geography Teacher, 2010
Data Day, an event that is the culmination of a multiple-week unit, is the perfect opportunity to work across disciplines and, in particular, aligns beautifully with skills and objectives geography teachers work on with their students. Bruce Jones at The Blake School in Hopkins, Minnesota, was the originator of Data Day. Jones described the…
Descriptors: Video Games, Scientific Methodology, Geography, Science Teachers
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Delahunty, Tina – Geography Teacher, 2010
The Nature Conservancy's (TNC) Orchard Bog site in Shady Valley, Tennessee, is a unique Appalachian mountain bog that provides many opportunities for student exploration. A biogeographer, a field technician, two biologists, and a historian combined their expertise to teach 100 fourth graders how historians and scientists learn about past…
Descriptors: Research Methodology, Ecology, Grade 4, Historians