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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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Delaney, Edward J. – Journal of Geography, 1989
Outlines an exercise dealing with the geographic concept of regions. Suggests this activity as a means of relating theory to students' personal understanding of the world. Provides a lesson plan which helps students appreciate the concept of region as an analytic tool through a "hands-on" exercise. (KO)
Descriptors: Concept Teaching, Experiential Learning, Geographic Concepts, Geographic Regions
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Melahn, Debra – Journal of Geography, 1989
Describes six activities that encourage young children to look at a variety of objects from different points of view. The activities are designed to enhance children's understanding of geography relative to visualizing areas to be mapped. Organizes activities so that they move from the concrete to the abstract. (KO)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Educational Strategies, Geography Instruction, Grade 1
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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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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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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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Marchetti, Bethany – Journal of Geography, 1993
Presents an interdisciplinary approach combining geography and children's literature to teach about Japanese culture. Describes classroom activities that link the Five Fundamental Themes of Geography to literature and art. Includes 11 figures, 9 summaries of children's books about Japan, and a 15-item annotated bibliography. (CFR)
Descriptors: Art Education, Childrens Literature, Class Activities, Cultural Influences
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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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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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Pritchard, Sandra F. – Journal of Geography, 1989
Suggests the use of picture books to teach the five fundamental themes of geography in the primary grades. Describes the use of maps which follow the paths of characters in children's literature. Discusses the use of four stories that are accompanied by maps and follow-up activities. Includes reproducible maps. (KO)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Classroom Techniques, Geographic Concepts, Geographic Location
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