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David, David W. – Journal of Geography, 1990
Provides a sequential set of instructions for creating a large playground map. Discusses the educational benefits of such a map, and suggests activities for using the map effectively. Stresses the usefulness of maps in teaching place identification, spatial patterns, and directional orientation. (RW)
Descriptors: Cartography, Concept Teaching, Elementary Education, Geographic Concepts
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Dowd, Frances – Journal of Geography, 1990
Identifies the problem of geographic literacy. Suggests the integration of geography instruction with other subject areas of the curriculum. Provides an annotated bibliography of fictional children's literature that can be utilized to teach geographic concepts. Presents methods of integration and classroom activities on geography. (RW)
Descriptors: Annotated Bibliographies, Books, Childrens Literature, Class Activities
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Kirman, Joseph M. – Journal of Geography, 1990
Presents a classroom exercise entitled, "Latitude, Longitude, Spell It" designed to reinforce the concepts of latitude and longitude. Teachers divide the class into teams, provide them with a map and latitude-longitude coordinate cards, and ask them to record cities found within a given radius of each coordinate. Includes necessary…
Descriptors: Class Activities, Concept Teaching, Geographic Concepts, Geography
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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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Kirman, Joseph M. – Journal of Geography, 1996
Describes an educational game that is designed to review and reinforce elementary map and compass skills and help children to use maps to plot routes to specific locations in urban areas. The game is based on a tag procedure and can be used with almost any large-scale street map. (MJP)
Descriptors: Community, Educational Games, Elementary Education, Geographic Concepts
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Taketa, Richard – Journal of Geography, 1996
Describes a field sketch mapping project conducted with a sixth-grade class. The project involved selecting appropriate sites around the school to map, organizing the students, and instructing them about measuring distances and drawing maps. Illustrations include assignments and examples of students' work. (MJP)
Descriptors: Cognitive Ability, Cognitive Development, Elementary Education, Experiential Learning
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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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Bednarz, Sarah W. – Journal of Geography, 1995
Learning place geography is an important part of school geography. Reports on research findings addressing effective ways to teach place geography. Finds that research indicates significant differences between mnemonic and non-mnemonic treatment groups. (CFR)
Descriptors: Cognitive Processes, Elementary Secondary Education, Geographic Concepts, Geographic Location
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Wright, David R. – Journal of Geography, 1995
Addresses concern that students in North America and Europe do not know place name geography. Discusses the use of mnemonic learning in geography and maintains that it is a positive teaching aid. Illustrates the use of mnemonics in instruction and recommends mnemonics workshops at geography education conferences. (CFR)
Descriptors: Cognitive Processes, Conferences, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries
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Salter, Kit; Salter, Cathy – Journal of Geography, 1995
Asserts that the 1994 National Geography Standards provide a new and valuable resource for teachers who want to improve geography instruction. Presents a sampler of additional geography instructional materials developed during this same period of educational reform. (CFR)
Descriptors: Educational Improvement, Educational Resources, Educational Trends, Elementary Secondary Education
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Gay, Susan M. – Journal of Geography, 1995
Maintains that the National Geography Standards provide teachers with a geographic perspective that will help them teach improved geography content. Asserts that teachers can make connections between the Geography Standards and their own classrooms. Presents five suggested classroom activities based on the National Geography Standards. (CFR)
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Curriculum Development, Educational Change, Educational Improvement
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Macdonald, Gerald M.; Lemaire, Denyse – Journal of Geography, 1995
Maintains that growing grapes for winemaking has increased dramatically in the United States. Describes a college class assignment in which students analyzed climate and soil type to identify appropriate viticulture areas. Reports high student interest in the assignment and includes four figures illustrating the approach. (CFR)
Descriptors: Active Learning, Class Activities, Cooperative Learning, Experiential Learning
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Donaldson, Daniel P. – Journal of Geography, 2001
Uses four traditions of geography (spatial, area studies, human-environment interaction, and earth science) to show how poetry can be used to enhance the teaching of geography. Illustrates the explicitly spatial concepts present in selected poetry. (DAJ)
Descriptors: Earth Science, Ecology, Elementary Secondary Education, Geographic Concepts
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Macey, Susan M.; And Others – Journal of Geography, 1988
Describes a learning module designed to teach students to evaluate maps and correct design errors through use of a critiquing checklist and real-world examples. The module attempts to develop an analytic holistic skill which relates the functional and aesthetic perspectives of cartography. (LS)
Descriptors: Aesthetic Values, Cartography, Design Preferences, Evaluation Criteria
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Brook, George A.; Luft, Edward R. – Journal of Geography, 1988
Describes a model for generating solution features, or karren, on gypsum blocks within 24-48 hours in order to illustrate terrain-forming processes. This method for replicating landforms provides hands-on experience for students, and can be varied to demonstrate a number of principles. (LS)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Geographic Concepts, Geography Instruction, Higher Education
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