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Cerian Gibbes – Geography Teacher, 2023
This article presents an introduction to the use of remote sensing for the study of climate-land interactions. The article begins with a brief review of current climate change knowledge and then examines the bidirectional relationship within climate-land interactions. Using select examples from the scientific literature, the article discusses the…
Descriptors: Climate, Environmental Education, Physical Sciences, Science Instruction
Shepherd, Marshall – Geography Teacher, 2023
This article provides, based on the author's own scholarship, the three reasons that geography at the K-12 level must include a robust dose of climate change science: (1) Climatology is a cornerstone of physical geography; (2) Climate change science bridges urban and rural geographies; and (3) Climate change science connects the natural and human…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Geography Instruction, Climate, Change
Kirby, Andrew – Geography Teacher, 2023
This paper will focus on how communities can respond to the impacts of a more dangerous world but will emphasize that there exist powerful barriers to climate change adaptation (CCA). This article explores why there are so many barriers to change and offers a simple mnemonic to organize the argument--A.D.A.P.T. The A.D.A.P.T. framework shows that…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Climate, Adjustment (to Environment), Barriers
Harris, Dylan M. – Geography Teacher, 2023
In this article, the author distinguishes between understanding and knowing climate change, the former referring to how students can learn about the functioning of the global climate system and the latter referring to how students can metabolize that information in their own terms. The article introduces key concepts for teaching climate science…
Descriptors: Climate, Change, Knowledge Level, Environmental Education
Schnitzler, Carly – Geography Teacher, 2020
This lesson plan positions students as part of a group of four to six, tasked with creating publicly accessible resources that tell the human stories of climate change. Groups are asked to create an ArcGIS Story Map combining natural scientific research on climate change (CO2 emissions, sea level rise, species extinction, etc.) with social…
Descriptors: Geography Instruction, Teaching Methods, Story Telling, Maps
Rutherford, David J. – Geography Teacher, 2020
World regional geography is one of the most popular and most heavily subscribed geography courses in the United States at both the undergraduate and K-12 levels (Rutherford 2001; Mueller 2003; Bednarz 2004). Yet little consensus exists about the content that the course should include or the approach that should be used to teach it. Debate exists…
Descriptors: World Geography, Geography Instruction, Course Content, Teaching Methods
Jones, Richard C.; Bagheri, Nazgol – Geography Teacher, 2019
This exercise introduces students to the observation that warming is unequal at the level of regions and countries, helps them analyze why this is so, and encourages reflection on actions by specific countries. In addition, students will uncover the relative roles of methane and carbon dioxide in local warming, the role of greenhouse gas emissions…
Descriptors: Geography Instruction, Teaching Methods, Climate, Environmental Education
Barton, Karen S. – Geography Teacher, 2019
This work presents a new teaching module for understanding the geographical dimensions of historical events in Africa. This case study focuses in particular on the Joola shipwreck in Senegal in order to illustrate geographic areas of study including the rural-urban divide, colonial geopolitics, cultural diversity, and West Africa's physical…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Geography Instruction, Geographic Concepts, College Instruction
Strait, John B.; Fujimoto-Strait, Ava R. – Geography Teacher, 2017
The intent of this paper was to outline a field endeavor that encourages increased insight into important geographic themes pertaining to the Big Island of Hawai'i. Student participants in this field course come away with an enhanced comprehension and appreciation of the benefits associated with learning to incorporate geographical perspectives as…
Descriptors: Geography Instruction, Educational Benefits, Teaching Methods, Climate
Carnahan, Laura; Pankratz, Mary Jo; Alberts, Heike – Geography Teacher, 2014
While many college physical geography instructors already use a wide variety of creative teaching approaches in their classes, others have not yet been exposed to teaching with toys, household items, or food. The goal in this article is to present some ideas for teaching college-level physical geography (weather/climate and geomorphology) for…
Descriptors: Geography Instruction, Physical Geography, College Instruction, Toys
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Alibrandi, Marsha – Geography Teacher, 2011
Peru's prehistory, climate, and terrain are the landscape upon which one of humankind's longest migrations occurred. When the glacial period ended, a geographic and cultural transition began when the meltwaters carved river valleys across the South American continent. Culture-rich communities of fishers, miners, artisans, and morticians populated…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, American Indians, Geography, Migration
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Bock, Judith K. – Geography Teacher, 2011
The Arctic sea ice has not since melted to the 2007 extent, but annual summer melt extents do continue to be less than the decadal average. Climate fluctuations are well documented by geologic records. Averages are usually based on a minimum of 10 years of averaged data. It is typical for fluctuations to occur from year to year and season to…
Descriptors: Climate, Geographic Information Systems, Environment, Weather
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Arntzen, Betsy; Sotherden, Amy – Geography Teacher, 2011
Canadian geography is a fascinating topic, particularly the Canadian North. The North is central to Canadian identity as can be seen by the choice of the far north "inukshuk" standing stones as the emblem for the 2010 Winter Olympics held in Vancouver, southern British Columbia. Canada's Arctic is receiving increasing attention by media,…
Descriptors: Canada Natives, Eskimos, Geography, Foreign Countries
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Heffron, Susan Gallagher; Valmond, Kharra – Geography Teacher, 2011
Students are exposed to many different media reports about global climate change. Movies such as "The Day After Tomorrow" and "Ice Age" are examples of instances when movie producers have sought to capture the attention of audiences by augmenting the challenges that climate change poses. Students may receive information from a wide range of media…
Descriptors: Audiences, Earth Science, Climate, Teaching Methods
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Geography Teacher, 2009
"The Geography Teacher" provides hands-on reference and educative material for K-12 Geography teachers. The journal also pioneers innovative ideas for contemporary teaching methods, including lesson plans. This issue contains the following: (1) Census in Schools Program (; (2) Ask Dr. de Blij (Dr. Harm de Blij); (3) Eritrea:…
Descriptors: Geography, Foreign Countries, Book Reviews, Climate