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Adams, Erin C.; Varga, Bretton A. – Geography Teacher, 2023
Minerals and metals are part of everyday existence, including in the air people breathe. They are either in, or have a hand in creating, nearly all of consumer products. As essential as they are, minerals and metals are too often unseen, unappreciated, and unnoticed. In the teaching of preservice primary and secondary teachers as well as high…
Descriptors: Environmental Education, Inquiry, Mining, Metallurgy
Waite, Jacqueline L. – Geography Teacher, 2020
"Local foods" are inherently geographical, rooted in space and place. Students can explore local foods from multiple geography angles. This introduction highlights some of these potential angles as applied to ice cream shops in New York State. Teachers are encouraged to adapt this lesson to fit their own needs and appropriate local food…
Descriptors: Food, Teaching Methods, Geography Instruction, Lesson Plans
Santos de Lacerda, Clara Maria – Geography Teacher, 2020
Models are an important tool for geography teaching, as they can be used to represent features of human and/ or physical systems. In addition, they enable the student to identify with the demonstrated reality, since they work with iconic images and symbols specific to each culture, used to represent the elements contained in the models (da Silva…
Descriptors: Geography Instruction, Middle School Students, Teaching Methods, Visualization
Glasier, Victoria; Palmer, Jessica L. – Geography Teacher, 2019
Using current and historical data, the U.S. Census Bureau offers geography teachers activities with resources to use in the classroom. The activities are aligned to the National Geography Standards (2012) and provide real-world data examples while teaching concepts such as environmental changes and population changes. In a geography activity for…
Descriptors: Geography Instruction, Census Figures, Elementary School Students, Middle School Students
Oberle, Alex; Bess, Joy; Ehmke, Kelsey; Rath, Shelley; Robbins, Amber – Geography Teacher, 2019
With new standards in social science and science, student-centered inquiry drives contemporary geography education. This article introduces and explains the Geo-Inquiry Process. Developed by the National Geographic Society, the Geo-Inquiry Process centers on the fundamental nature of global interconnectedness, the idea that wise decisions at all…
Descriptors: Inquiry, Active Learning, Geography Instruction, Student Centered Learning
Chaney, Philip L.; Doukopoulos, Lindsay – Geography Teacher, 2018
Sustainability is an important topic of discussion in geography as society faces increasing challenges from depletion of natural resources and degradation of the natural environment (Yates 2012; Goudie 2013). A primary goal of educators is to prepare students to address complex issues such as these in their personal lives and professional careers.…
Descriptors: Sustainability, Geography Instruction, Active Learning, Water
Lohrengel, C. Frederick, II.; Larson, Paul R. – Geography Teacher, 2017
National Geography Standard 1 requires that students learn:"How to use maps and other geographic representations, geospatial technologies, and spatial thinking to understand and communicate information" (Heffron and Downs 2012). These concepts have real-world applicability. For example, elevation contour maps are common in many…
Descriptors: Data Collection, Data Interpretation, Map Skills, Physical Geography
Morris, Ronald V. – Geography Teacher, 2016
Eighth-grade students from three school districts in three small towns in Crosby County, Texas, received academic credit for working together with the biannual Crosby County Pioneer Memorial Museum summer travel education program. Each of the three districts radiate from a small town. They were within one county, and the museum was located in the…
Descriptors: Local History, State History, Grade 8, Field Experience Programs
Baker, Thomas R. – Geography Teacher, 2015
Ever want to take a quick, deep-dive into a map found in students' textbooks? Ever want to use a web-based map to bring that static, print map to life? Maybe the map would be better with interactive or near real-time data. This article discusses the new Earth Science GeoInquiries! Earth Science GeoInquiries from Esri are instructional resources…
Descriptors: Earth Science, Maps, Geographic Information Systems, Geographic Concepts
Holloway, Jennifer – Geography Teacher, 2015
In this article the author describes how she teaches third and sixth grade classes about the six essential elements of geography at the beginning of each school year. The six elements organize the eighteen national standards and include: the world in spatial terms, places and regions, physical systems, human systems, environment and society, and…
Descriptors: Geography Instruction, Teaching Methods, Grade 3, Grade 6
Lisenbee, Peggy; Hallman, Christine; Landry, Debbie – Geography Teacher, 2015
Geocaching is an inquiry-based activity encouraging creativity, active learning, and real-world problem solving. As such, it is an educational opportunity for students in all grade levels. Educators benefit by observing students using higher-order thinking instead of rote learning offered by using traditional worksheets, tests, or quizzes. Also,…
Descriptors: Geography Instruction, Inquiry, Active Learning, Navigation
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