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Geography. Objectives for the week: Evaluate the importance of teaching Geography Identify important Maps Skills and elements of a map. Apply 5 Themes of Geography and the Geography Standards to Unit and Lesson Planning. Define Human Geography. Transition from History to Geography.

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Geography

Geography

Objectives for the week:

Evaluate the importance of teaching Geography

Identify important Maps Skills and elements of a map.

Apply 5 Themes of Geography and the Geography Standards to Unit and Lesson Planning.

Define Human Geography


Transition from history to geography

Transition from History to Geography

  • Read story

  • Add maps

  • How does using the map help us understand the event?

  • How could this lead to historical inquiry?

  • History as a story -- History as a question!

  • Now on to Geography….


Map skills

Map Skills

  • Colorado Map

    • Measure the distance between Fort Lewis and Falcon.

    • If you live in Punkin Center, how far are you from the nearest major hospital?

    • You’re lost in Mesa Verde National Park (you think). What human or natural landmarks could you look for to help orientate yourself?

    • You are in the city of Boulder and the hippies are driving you crazy! Luckily, you brought your compass. What direction should you escape if you want to get to Longmont?

      Class Discussion: Let’s go through each task, what prior knowledge or skills did you need to be able to answer each question?

      *Keep Maps out…we’ll use them again in a bit.


So why is geography important to teach

So, why is Geography Important to Teach?

  • Practical

  • Existential

  • Intellectual

  • Academic


Map skills1

Map Skills

  • TODALSIGs (Dogstails)

    • Title

    • Orientation

    • Date

    • Author

    • Legend

    • Scale

    • Index

    • Grid

    • Source

      • *Find Each on the Colorado Map

  • Different Types of Maps

    • Thematic Maps (Climate, Rainfall, Life Expectancy, etc)

    • Relief Maps

    • GIS

    • Historic Maps

  • Reading and Using Maps can be scaffold from very early grades to older elementary school.

    • Example: Students can use and understand very concrete symbols on maps in early grades, but more abstract symbols and complicated color usage in older grades.

    • Maps are displayed data.


5 themes of geography

5 Themes of Geography

  • Location

    • Absolute

    • Relative

  • Place

    • Human Characteristics

    • Physical Characteristics

  • Movement

    • People

    • Products

    • Ideas

  • Region

    • Areas that share common characteristics

  • Human Environmental Interaction

    • How our environment affects us.

    • How we affect the environment


Dice activity

Dice Activity

2nd Die

Location

Place

Region

Movement

Human Environmental Interaction

Roll Again 

1st Die

1. Iowa

2. Africa

3. U.S. Pacific Coast

4. Europe

5. Ames

6. Canada

Activity: Roll each die. Brainstorm an idea for a lesson or an entire unit using the place and theme.

*Disclaimer*


Geography standards

Geography Standards

6 Essential Elements

Standards

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Me on the map

Me on the Map

By Joan Sweeney


On thursday

On Thursday

  • Using Human Geography as a tool to help students relate to individuals, communities and global societies.

  • Geographical Inquiry


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