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Margarita Jimenez-Silva – Geography Teacher, 2023
The National Council for Geographic Education (NCGE 2023) promotes a number of principles that are central to the work of the STEMSS (STEM + Social Studies) project. Among these principles is the understanding that geography education is a bridge to better understanding and appreciation of all subject matter. Using geography education as a bridge…
Descriptors: English Language Learners, STEM Education, Social Studies, Geography Instruction
Solem, Michael – Geography Teacher, 2022
When the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) program releases its reports on student achievement in various subjects, the data are added to the NAEP Data Explorer (NDE) website. The NDE has been shown to support reflective educational practices in the social studies. Working with assessment data can stimulate ideas for how teachers…
Descriptors: Geography, Academic Achievement, National Competency Tests, Social Studies
Egiebor, Esohe E.; Foster, Ellen J. – Geography Teacher, 2018
This lesson describes a geohistorical unit in which the students demonstrate their understanding of significant events in American history. The purpose of the lesson is for students to understand that the rapid population growth of the United States was made possible by the removal of Native Americans. In the first part of the lesson, students use…
Descriptors: Geography, United States History, American Indian History, Maps
Casey, J. Elizabeth; Pennington, Lisa K.; Gill, Puneet – Geography Teacher, 2018
It is important that preservice educators have an awareness of geography, including city, county, state, and the broader globe. Ensuring that preservice educators are aware of new technologies to promote K-12 students' knowledge of geography is important. K-12 students can benefit by gaining 21st-century skills using problem solving, critical…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Geography Instruction, Preservice Teachers, Task Analysis
Dawson, Julia; Mitchell, Jerry T. – Geography Teacher, 2017
The objects that represent our material culture--street signs, mascots, symbols etched into stone or printed on stationery--are silent bearers of history: the past tattooed on the present. The meanings given to those objects may change from one social or culture group to another. One seemingly innocent and overlooked example in this vein is the…
Descriptors: Cultural Influences, Social Influences, Food, Slavery
Mater, Marty – Geography Teacher, 2017
A Family Geography Night (FGN) kit can be used to bring families together, teach about the world, give parents the opportunity to share their beliefs, and participate in the educational system while having fun! Geography is an essential element of twenty-first-century education. More than just maps, geography is the interaction of cultures,…
Descriptors: Learning Activities, Geography Instruction, Geography, Family Programs
Moran, Peter William; Trent, Allen – Geography Teacher, 2017
The authors have had numerous opportunities to work with elementary teachers and students, but few of those experiences have been as rewarding as the We Are Wyoming project. During the 2014-2015 school year, they traveled to thirty-six fourth-grade classrooms all over the state teaching the We Are Wyoming project. The unit was a two-day integrated…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Elementary School Students, Grade 4, Geography Instruction
Britt, Judy; Ming, Kavin – Geography Teacher, 2017
In this article, a social studies teacher and a literacy teacher describe a vision for social studies that highlights reading practices that foster disciplinary literacy in elementary geography. Their purpose is to share a practical approach for enriching elementary social studies lessons and activities with a geographic lens. During the…
Descriptors: Social Studies, Geography Instruction, Teaching Methods, National Standards
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
Bednarz, Sarah Witham – Geography Teacher, 2016
Sarah Bednarz begins by thanking Rebecca Theobald for the invitation to contrubute to this issue of "The Geography Teacher"("TGT"). As a member of the National Council for Geographic Education (NCGE) Publications Committee and coeditor of the "Journal of Geography," Bednarz confesses that she was not favorably…
Descriptors: Geography, Geography Instruction, Teaching Methods, Science Teachers
Nagel, Paul – Geography Teacher, 2016
While the National Council for Geographic Education (NCGE) celebrated its 100th anniversary in August 2014 in Washington, DC, the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2020 in Washington, DC. The mission of NCSS is to provide leadership, service, and support for all social studies educators; NCSS is…
Descriptors: National Organizations, Social Studies, Geography Instruction, Teacher Associations
Conrad, Marika – Geography Teacher, 2016
Teaching about presidential elections at the elementary level can seem a bit daunting at times. Students are quick to share their strong opinions on the current candidates running for office. These opinions often involve repeating feelings and phrases shared by parents around the dinner table the night before. For the average seven- or…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Elections, Political Campaigns, Voting
Schulzki, Anton – Geography Teacher, 2016
Social studies teachers can certainly teach about elections at any time, but in light of the importance of a presidential election, this once-every-four-year civic extravaganza should not be missed! With the election of 2016 coming in the fall, it provides rich opportunities for discussions, classroom lessons, and community service opportunities…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Secondary School Students, Service Learning, Elections
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Tabor, Lisa K.; Harrington, John A., Jr. – Geography Teacher, 2014
The brain perceives, recognizes, interprets, comprehends, appreciates, and remembers experiences that are both text and non-text or verbal and nonverbal. This article discusses Dual- encoding as a proven method of teaching that increases student learning retention and incorporates multiple learning styles. Students learn both subjects better when…
Descriptors: Geographic Information Systems, Teaching Methods, Geography Instruction, Workshops
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DaSilva, Edmar Bernardes; Kvasnak, Robb Neil – Geography Teacher, 2011
The identity of geography as a discipline since the nineteenth-century naissance of contemporary academia, if not before, has been often disputed. In higher education, geography is often part of the geosciences, often located in a geography, geology, earth science, and environmental science department or departments. In the world of education…
Descriptors: Geography Instruction, Foreign Countries, Social Studies, Higher Education
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