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Marra, Danielle A. – Journal of Geography, 1996
Reviews the six essential elements of the National Standards for Geography and demonstrates how children's books can teach them. Each element and a particular standard are applied to a specific picture book. Briefly reviews the standards and what knowledge they incorporate. (MJP)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Childrens Literature, Elementary Education, Geography
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Gress, Gary; Scott, Rebecca W. – Journal of Geography, 1996
Maintains that understanding and implementing the National Geography Standards through simulation techniques can be a powerful tool for studying any cultural region. Provides a step-by-step instruction for creating a classroom field trip simulation. Includes tips for follow-up activities and assessment procedures. (MJP)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Discovery Learning, Experiential Learning, Field Trips
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Walker, Dan – Journal of Geography, 1996
Presents a model for structuring writing in the geography class with a focus on using maps to prompt writing that will promote student interaction with geographic concepts. Delineates four components of successful writing as fluency, flexibility, frequency, and formality. Includes suggestions for geographic writing activities. (MJP)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Geographic Concepts, Geography, Geography Instruction
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Hermann, Dan – Journal of Geography, 1996
Summarizes methods from a high school geography class that used examples from local geography to teach basic geographic concepts. Maintains that these illustrative examples can be used even in courses where the content is not local geography. Provides examples of local landscapes illustrating concepts applicable to the Brazilian rain forest. (MJP)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Community Characteristics, Geographic Concepts, Geography
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Schulze, Melanie – Journal of Geography, 1996
Recommends making choropleth maps as a fun and interesting way to teach geographic concepts. Choropleth maps represent data and ratios (population density, voter registration) and can be constructed easily. Includes suggested activities and representative maps. (MJP)
Descriptors: Cartography, Data Interpretation, Geographic Concepts, Geography
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Spaight, Maureen Whalen – Journal of Geography, 1996
Traces the evolution of the state geography standards in Rhode Island and gives a summary of the work accomplished thus far toward implementing the National Geography Standards. Profiles several state and local initiatives and discusses the Standards that they represent. (MJP)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Curriculum Development, Educational Assessment, Educational Improvement
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Makowski, George J.; Strong, William R. – Journal of Geography, 1996
Shows that the experiment of the ancient Greek mathematician and geographer, Eratosthenes, can be replicated and used to teach geographic concepts. Eratosthenes calculated the most accurate ancient measurement of earth based on fundamental mathematics concepts and earth-sun relations. Includes instructions, illustrations, graphs, and historical…
Descriptors: Ancient History, Astronomy, Estimation (Mathematics), Geography
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Salter, Christopher L. – Journal of Geography, 1992
Presents the script of the drama, "The Other Side of Discovery," concerning the effects of Columbus' arrival in the Americas. Offers the story in the "Readers' Theater" style, featuring dramatic readings by three actors but no stage movements. (SG)
Descriptors: Cultural Influences, Culture Conflict, Culture Contact, Drama
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Sutherland, Ross – Journal of Geography, 1994
States that drainage basins, stream discharge, and sediment discharge are fundamental concepts in physical geography and integral parts of other cognate disciplines. Presents two exercises about these concepts. Includes a set of field-based exercises and a set of exercises for students who are unable to conduct field monitoring. (CFR)
Descriptors: Educational Strategies, Experiential Learning, Field Instruction, Geographic Concepts
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Hull, Suzanne – Journal of Geography, 1994
Asserts that travelers' diaries are excellent primary sources that can be used to teach geography. Maintains that state historical societies and local archives are good sources for these documents. Includes lengthy excerpts from two diaries and a student worksheet. (CFR)
Descriptors: Archives, Cartography, Diaries, Geographic Concepts
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Nijim, Basheer; Nijim, Germana – Journal of Geography, 1992
Presents a series of five short stories for children that incorporate geographic concepts. Includes the concepts of region, boundaries, and grids. Suggests that the stories will help children master challenging concepts and vocabulary that in turn will increase their knowledge and self-esteem. (DK)
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Elementary Education, Geographic Concepts, Geography Instruction
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Frazier, John W. – Journal of Geography, 1994
Provides a perspective of geography in the workplace by analyzing what geographers currently are doing in private industry and in government-related jobs. Provides a general model of geographers in the workplace including "who is" and "who is likely to be applying geography in the future." (CFR)
Descriptors: Career Awareness, Career Choice, Career Planning, Education Work Relationship
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Nijman, Jan; Hill, A. David – Journal of Geography, 1991
Presents a classroom project dealing with tropical deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon. Addresses environmental consequences and economic, social, and political causes. Involves both lectures and individual research and reports by student groups on deforestation causes. Includes a note-playing activity in which students make recommendations for…
Descriptors: Class Activities, Conservation (Environment), Developing Nations, Economic Development
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Delaney, Ed – Journal of Geography, 1991
Suggests using classroom discussion as a tool in learning geographical concepts and critical thinking skills. Provides structure for preparing class discussion in small group environments. Considers direct student participation to increase the likelihood of long-term retention and interpersonal skills development. Presents an example of discussion…
Descriptors: Critical Thinking, Discussion (Teaching Technique), Geography Instruction, Instructional Materials
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Depoali, Kendyl – Journal of Geography, 1993
Asserts that presidential elections and the Electoral College provide opportunities to combine instruction in government and geography. Presents a week-long unit designed for grades 6-12 that utilizes 4 different instructional strategies. Includes relevant excerpts from the U.S. Constitution and data sheets, maps, and charts. (CFR)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Cooperative Learning, Educational Strategies, Elections
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