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Bodzin, Alec M.; Cirucci, Lori – Journal of Geography, 2009
This article describes a design partnership that investigated how to integrate Google Earth, remotely sensed satellite and aerial imagery, with other instructional resources to investigate ground cover and land use in diverse middle school classrooms. Data analysis from the implementation study revealed that students acquired skills for…
Descriptors: Educational Strategies, Land Use, Urban Areas, Data Analysis
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Fuhrmann, Sven; Stone, Lee D.; Casey, Melinda C.; Curtis, Mary D.; Doyle, Amber L.; Earle, Brian D.; Jones, Douglas D.; Rodriguez, Philip; Schermerhorn, Steven M. – Journal of Geography, 2008
Extreme natural and human-made disasters can affect the lives of thousands of citizens. The only way we can prepare ourselves for such situations is to learn and establish basic survival strategies within our families and communities. This article explores how K-12 teachers could help educating children about disaster preparedness by utilizing…
Descriptors: Geography Instruction, Middle Schools, Lesson Plans, Elementary Secondary Education
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Johnson, Diane – Journal of Geography, 1983
A "maps in the news" unit can be used to help middle and junior high school students in many subject areas recognize basic map components and identify and analyze thematic maps while building writing skills. Prior to beginning the unit, the teacher introduces students to thematic maps, the parts of a map, and writing organization (topic…
Descriptors: Basic Skills, Current Events, Geography Instruction, Interdisciplinary Approach
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Bausmith, Jennifer Merriman; Leinhardt, Gaea – Journal of Geography, 1998
Examines the map-making process of middle-school students to determine which actions influence their accuracy, how prior knowledge helps their map construction, and what lessons can be learned from map making. Indicates that instruction that focuses on recognition of interconnections between map elements can promote map reasoning skills. (DSK)
Descriptors: Cartography, Cognitive Development, Geography Instruction, Information Processing
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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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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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Leinhardt, Gaea; Stainton, Catherine; Bausmith, Jennifer Merriman – Journal of Geography, 1998
Summarizes a study that maintains that students who work together in small groups had a better understanding of map concepts. Discusses why making maps in groups can enhance students' conceptual geographic understanding and offers suggestions for improving geography instructions using small group configurations. Includes statistical and graphic…
Descriptors: Cartography, Cooperative Learning, Experiential Learning, Fundamental Concepts
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Chiodo, John J. – Journal of Geography, 1997
Presents the results of a study contrasting conventional instruction with protocol lessons (a sequence of lessons based on developmental stages of learning with each lesson building on the previous one) concerning sketch maps. The students taught with the protocol lessons showed significant improvement over the other group. (MJP)
Descriptors: Cognitive Development, Cognitive Structures, Cognitive Style, Developmental Stages
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Linn, Sophia Emmanouilides – Journal of Geography, 1997
Summarizes a two-week experiment where seventh graders researched and produced map products using both traditional and computer-assisted techniques. Quantitative results showed little difference in learning content between the groups but qualitative results suggested that students prefer the computers. Includes graphical analysis and tabular data.…
Descriptors: Cartography, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Uses in Education, Educational Change
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Gregg, Madeleine – Journal of Geography, 1997
Reports on a study where pairs of students in the fifth and seventh grades generated and answered questions based on maps. Results indicated that students most often generated three types of questions: (1) symbol reading, (2) inferring latitude and longitude, and (3) interpreting scale. Analyzes these questions in regard to cognitive processes.…
Descriptors: Cartography, Cognitive Processes, Content Analysis, Geography
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Ely, Dot – Journal of Geography, 2000
Presents a lesson plan in which students explore ideas about rural and urban areas by examining census data and advertisements from magazines. Discusses how the students collect and record the census data and calculate percentages, representing them on circle graphs. Includes an extension activity. (CMK)
Descriptors: Data Analysis, Data Collection, Demography, Geography Instruction
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Daly, John L. – Journal of Geography, 1990
Describes an approach used by the Wayland, Massachusetts, middle school to organizing students into instructional teams. Explains that each instructional team is organized into a "house" named after a significant individual around whom the curriculum and theme for field trips is designed. Highlights the Rachel Carson House activities of…
Descriptors: Environmental Education, Experiential Learning, Field Trips, Geography Instruction
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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
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Miller, E. Joan – Journal of Geography, 1989
Explores the value of Mark Twain's "Life on the Mississippi" for the middle-school geography classroom. Examines the genesis of the book, investigates the authenticity of Twain's experiences, analyzes the book's content, and suggests teaching strategies. Finds the detailed geographic observations in the book quite useful for the…
Descriptors: Creative Teaching, Fiction, Geography Instruction, Instructional Materials
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Allen, Rodney F. – Journal of Geography, 1989
Contends that the gap between image and reality as contrasted between tourist brochures and the realities of a country can be used by teachers to create high interest or to encourage critical thinking skills in students. Outlines the process for teaching about a selected country utilizing travel brochures. (SLM)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Classroom Techniques, Critical Thinking, Geography Instruction