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Derek H. Alderman; Ethan Bottone; Kurt Butefish; Joshua L. Kenna; Katrina Stack – Geography Teacher, 2024
In July 2022, the University of Tennessee and the Tennessee Geographic Alliance hosted a three-week summer institute funded by the National Endowment for Humanities (NEH) as part of its "A More Perfect Union" initiative to promote a deeper understanding of United States history and culture. Eighteen K-12 educators from across the country…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Secondary School Teachers, Summer Programs, United States History
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
Petzen, Barbara – Geography Teacher, 2020
This article is an attempt to create new ways for students to appreciate the complexities and diversity of the Middle East's foodways and thus of their people and societies. It takes a broad view of the region that is historically inclusive, stretching from Morocco and al-Andalus (Spain) in the west to Iran in the east and from modern-day Turkey…
Descriptors: Food, Geographic Regions, Teaching Methods, Geography Instruction
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
Bousu, Mollie – Geography Teacher, 2020
The Minneapolis Green Zone Initiative was created in 2016 with the goal of "improving health and supporting economic development using environmentally conscious efforts in communities that face the cumulative effects of environmental pollution, as well as social, political and economic vulnerability" (Green Zone Initiative 2019). Two…
Descriptors: Conservation (Environment), Ecology, Pollution, Economic Development
Ratcliffe, Michael R. – Geography Teacher, 2019
"Place" is a central concept in geography. Geographers focus considerable attention on describing and understanding the nature of places and variations from one place to another. The collection of data and the measurement and analysis of the characteristics of a place requires that its boundaries are defined. How and where we draw…
Descriptors: Geographic Regions, Statistical Data, Geography Instruction, Experiential Learning
Edmondson, Deborah – Geography Teacher, 2018
This lesson introduces the concept of regionalization and types of regions. After a brief introductory activity, students explore a story map to learn the material. The teacher can project the story map on a screen for all students to follow or students may work individually on computers. Working individually will allow students to set their own…
Descriptors: Secondary School Curriculum, Geography Instruction, Regional Characteristics, Geographic Regions
Pearson-Merkowitz, Shanna; Lang, Corey – Geography Teacher, 2016
For the past two decades, the presidency and both houses of Congress have been hotly contested by the two major political parties. Yet, geographically, the United States seems to be increasingly marked by "red" areas where the Democratic Party lacks any ability to even dream of winning office and "blue" areas where the…
Descriptors: Voting, Elections, Geographic Regions, Neighborhoods
Shelley, Fred M.; Hitt, Ashley M. – Geography Teacher, 2016
Given the nature of the Electoral College system, the two major political parties concentrate on winning the electoral votes of those states in which the preference of voters are divided evenly. Thus, the parties and their candidates ignore states such as Wyoming and Oklahoma, which are reliably Republican, and they ignore states such as…
Descriptors: Presidents, Elections, Voting, Political Campaigns
Kenreich, Todd W. – Geography Teacher, 2016
With the 2016 presidential election right around the corner, geography provides a dynamic view of the spatial patterns and processes that shape the electorate. The major presidential campaigns know that a winning strategy must use geography to make informed decisions about where to allocate limited resources such as money and staff. In the end,…
Descriptors: Geography Instruction, Political Campaigns, Elections, Resource Allocation
Bernardes DaSilva, Edmar; Kvasnak, Robert Neil – Geography Teacher, 2015
The regional divisions termed as "Latin America" versus "Anglo-America" used by many geographers do not fully reflect the cultural and political trends in the world today. "Latin" is a term that was coined by the French Emperor Napoleon the III in order to justify Mexico's being ruled by Maximillian, and later picked…
Descriptors: Geographic Regions, Spanish, Portuguese, Political Influences
Albert, Donald – Geography Teacher, 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…
Descriptors: Geography Instruction, Geographic Regions, Human Geography, Learning Activities
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
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MacLeod, Douglas G. – Geography Teacher, 2014
In this article, a retired long-time geography teacher offers his perspective on what a geography teacher needs to keep in mind when teaching geography. The author notes that geography is a useful school subject because it helps young people make their way in the world by giving them some tools to become lifelong learners. The author encourages…
Descriptors: Geography Instruction, Geography, Intellectual Disciplines, Geographic Concepts
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Jones, Mark C. – Geography Teacher, 2014
This article describes a lesson plan on achieving synthesis, the integration of diverse information sources to create a new whole, vital to the intellectual task of the geographer. This is true regardless of the type of geography being conducted or studied. Synthesis remains central to geography, whether understanding a region, pulling together an…
Descriptors: Geography, Geography Instruction, Geographic Regions, Intellectual Disciplines