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Hurt, Douglas A. – Journal of Geography, 1997
Describes a lesson plan that uses Main Street images of three towns to encourage students to recognize and compare human and physical characteristics of places. The lesson teaches the geographic concepts of site (absolute location) and situation (relative location) as well as introducing students to urban geography. (MJP)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Architectural Character, Community Characteristics, Curriculum Development
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Zirschky, E. Dwight – Journal of Geography, 1989
Describes a community study project that uses history and the five fundamental themes of geography as a framework. The project involves organizing committees to study the need for a traffic signal in a small town. By studying various dimensions of the issue, the committees are able to demonstrate the need for a signal. (KO)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Community Study, Discovery Learning, Elementary Education
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Smith, Richard V.; Brown, Ann E. – Journal of Geography, 1996
Utilizes students' immediate surroundings (neighborhoods, homes, communities) to illustrate the five basic themes of geography. A list of 35 questions requires students to conduct their own research and relates to basic themes such as location, movement, and regions. Includes suggestions for extending the lesson. (MJP)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Community Characteristics, Cultural Traits, Demography
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Drake, Christine – Journal of Geography, 1997
Analyzes the causes and conditions of the major sources of conflict concerning the three major international river basins in the Middle East: the Tigris-Euphrates, the Nile, and the Jordan-Yarmuk. Investigates possible solutions. Includes maps and population statistics of the major countries involved in the conflict. (MJP)
Descriptors: Conflict, Conservation (Environment), Foreign Countries, Geographic Concepts
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Harrington, John, Jr.; Oliver, John E. – Journal of Geography, 2000
Examines teaching models of atmospheric circulation and resultant surface pressure patterns, focusing on the three-cell model and the meaning of meridional circulation as related to middle and high latitudes. Addresses the failure of the three-cell model to explain seasonal variations in atmospheric circulation. Suggests alternative models. (CMK)
Descriptors: Climate, Educational Practices, Geographic Concepts, Geographic Location
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Oden, Pat – Journal of Geography, 1995
Maintains that children love books, and through carefully selected books, geographic concepts can be taught. Explains how children's literature encourages geographic thinking, builds geographic skills, and develops lasting mental maps of places and regions. Discusses 14 suggested books. (CFR)
Descriptors: Books, Childrens Literature, Educational Change, Educational Improvement
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Kracht, James B. – Journal of Geography, 1989
Explains a way to introduce geographic concepts concerning the Great Plains through nineteenth-century folksongs. Folksongs relate what is geomorphologically true and reveal values and attitudes that are true for the region and time. A geographic understanding includes both the human and physical aspects of the region. (GG)
Descriptors: Cultural Context, Elementary Secondary Education, Folk Culture, 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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Seiter, David M. – Journal of Geography, 1988
Provides educational resources from ERIC (Educational Resources Information Center) to help teachers find the material to teach the five themes of geography. An annotated bibliography of seven ERIC documents on geographic location is provided. (LS)
Descriptors: Cartography, Educational Resources, Elementary Secondary Education, Geographic Concepts
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Marcello, Jody Smothers – Journal of Geography, 1990
Contends that understanding the relationship between the lives of women and the places in which they live is an important objective of geography education. Presents a lesson in which middle school students identify various Pacific Rim cultural areas, analyze demographic indicators of lifestyle and status, and discuss the relationship between place…
Descriptors: Area Studies, Females, Feminism, Foreign Countries