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British Columbia in a Global Context
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This first year Geography textbook takes a holistic approach to Geography by incorporating elements of physical, human and regional geography, as well as bringing in methods and perspectives from spatial information science.. This textbook applies a fundamental geographical approach to understanding our globally changing world by looking at local processes which are linked to larger global processes and events. For example mining and its effects are a global issue and we can see how these unfold in BC. A further example is the recent apology to First Nation peoples on the residential school treatment, as similar events occur in the US, Ireland and Australia. Processes of urbanization, a phenomenon which people all over the globe are experiencing, can be seen in Vancouver with our discussion of the city’s development. Geography students, indeed all first year students, need to be able to critically assess their own contexts and environments in order to properly engage with our continually globalizing world.

Subject:
Geography
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
BCcampus
Provider Set:
BCcampus Faculty Reviewed Open Textbooks
Author:
Arthur Green
Aviv Ettya
Britta Ricker
Cristina Tenemos
Simon Fraser
Siobhan McPhee
Date Added:
10/31/2014
Building Suburbia: Highways and Housing in Postwar America
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This lesson highlights the changing relationship between the city center and the suburb in the postwar decades, especially in the 1950s. Students will look at the legislation leading up to and including the Federal Highway Act of 1956. They will also examine documents about the history of Levittown, the most famous and most important of the postwar suburban planned developments.

Subject:
History/Social Sciences
American History
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
National Endowment for the Humanities
Provider Set:
EDSITEments
Date Added:
10/22/2019
Code the Globe
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In this lesson, students will learn about continents and oceans while moving the Bee Bot throughout the globe.This lesson is part of the Virginia K-12 Computer Science Pipeline which is partly funded through a GO Virginia grant in partnership with Chesapeake Public Schools, Loudoun County Public Schools, and the Loudoun Education Foundation.

Subject:
Computer Science
Social Sciences
Material Type:
Lesson
Author:
Rebecca Gratz
Shawn DeLuca
Nicholas Grzeda
Date Added:
10/19/2020
Common Misconceptions About the Polar Regions: Geography and Mapping
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This article describes common misconceptions about the Arctic and Antarctica and how to test and teach for student understanding.

Subject:
Earth Resources
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
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Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
Author:
Jessica Fries-Gaither
Date Added:
05/29/2019
Did You Feel It (Annual USGS Earthquake Summary Maps)
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The Did You Feel It (DYFI) Annual Summary Webage and Viewer are resources that are ideal for Earth Science and Geography laboratiory activitiy.

Students may connect to a database of factual information collected by the USGS on Earthquakes and other seismic disturbances.

The data graphically shows the highest intensity felt at each location searched. The data is grouped into 10 km blocks, and the color of each block corresponds to the highest intensity calculated for that block (regardless of which event).

Subject:
Geography
Earth and Space Systems
Earth Resources
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Wendell Turner
Date Added:
03/15/2022
Digital Mapping and Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
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Geographic information systems (GIS), once used predominantly by experts in cartography and computer programming, have become pervasive in everyday business and consumer use. This unit explores GIS in general as a technology about which much more can be learned, and it also explores applications of that technology. Students experience GIS technology through the use of Google Earth on the environmental topic of plastics in the ocean in an area known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. The use of this topic in GIS makes the unit multidisciplinary, incorporating the physics of ocean currents, the chemistry associated with pollutant degradation and chemical sorption to organic-rich plastics, and ecological impact to aquatic biota.

Subject:
Scientific and Engineering Practices
Material Type:
Full Course
Unit of Study
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Andrey Koptelov
Nathan Howell
Date Added:
09/18/2014
Do you really want to visit the Arctic?
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This jigsaw activity introduces students with Arctic weather data using a role-playing activity that has students read and interpret graphs while considering the optimal time to plan a research mission to the Arctic.

Subject:
Earth and Space Systems
Material Type:
Lesson
Provider:
University of Colorado Boulder
Provider Set:
Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES)
Date Added:
04/28/2014
Ecology/Geography Classification
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This short lesson was designed in collaboration with a 7th grade Life Science teacher (Paul Jeffery). The idea behind the lesson is to help students better understand ecological and geographical classifications by teaching them at the same time in their Life Science class and their Geography class. Teaching the two classifications together will help reinforce the idea of classification. While this lesson would best be taught outdoors it can also be adapted to the indoors.

Subject:
Geography
Living Systems and Processes
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Brianne Meick
Date Added:
05/29/2019
Environmental Issues and a PBL- If you changed the World with your Art?
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Each of the 5 countries have topics, real life applications/consequences, and 3-4 artists from that country that can be used a "mentor artists" to lead the students to create an artistic response and presentation for students, staff, and environmental representatives In terms of the art - What do the colors, lines, shapes, and techniques of the artists make you feel? Why did the artist/author decide to use these techniques and colors? What if they had chosen a different color combination?What colors make you feel the same way? What techniques will you use to express the same feeling?

Subject:
Cross-Curricular
STEM/STEAM
Visual Art
Earth Resources
Material Type:
Lesson
Author:
Jamie Marquitz
Jessica Brown
Amy Erb
Candice Anthony-Cazenave
Date Added:
12/23/2020
Exploration Comes to Life with Orienteering, Geocaching
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This article provides an overview of orienteering and geocaching as well as suggestions for incorporating these activities into elementary classrooms

Subject:
Earth Resources
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
Provider Set:
Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
Author:
Jessica Fries-Gaither
Date Added:
05/29/2019
Exploring Arctic Climate Data
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In this activity, students use authentic Arctic climate data to explore albedo and its relationship to seasonal snowmelt as a self-reinforcing feedback mechanism, which is then applied to large scale global climate change.

Subject:
Earth and Space Systems
Material Type:
Lesson
Provider:
University of Colorado Boulder
Provider Set:
Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES)
Date Added:
04/28/2014
Exploring the Arctic
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This activity introduces students to the Arctic and Arctic climate. Through a virtual exploration of the geography of the Arctic students become familiar with the region. They are then introduced to meteorological parameters that Arctic research teams use.

Subject:
Earth and Space Systems
Material Type:
Lesson
Provider:
University of Colorado Boulder
Provider Set:
Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES)
Date Added:
04/28/2014
Famous Scientists
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This lesson is a presentation of famous scientist throughout history where the students will learn and take notes about the contributions and discoveries made in science.

Subject:
Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Pam Schilling
Date Added:
05/29/2019
Floodplain Modeling
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Students explore the impact of changing river volumes and different floodplain terrain in experimental trials with table top-sized riverbed models. The models are made using modeling clay in aluminum baking pans placed on a slight incline. Water added "upstream" at different flow rates and to different riverbed configurations simulates different potential flood conditions. Students study flood dynamics as they modify the riverbed with blockages or levees to simulate real-world scenarios.

Subject:
Scientific and Engineering Practices
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Denise W. Carlson
Kristi Ekern
Malinda Schaefer Zarske
Tim Nicklas
Date Added:
10/14/2015
Geography's Impact on the Evolution of Political Parties in America
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Students will be able to critically identify key tipping points in the evolution of political parties.  They will be able to connect this evolution to geographic elements and identify causation factors that led to this evolution. Key question: How did political parties impact the geography of the United States between 1792 and 1972? Contains links to student materials and teacher materials for creating lesson plans.

Subject:
History/Social Sciences
American History
Geography
Government and Civics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson
Primary Source
Visual Media
Provider:
Virginia Geographic Alliance
Provider Set:
Placing Primary Sources Story Map Collection
Author:
Mace, Scott
Date Added:
09/08/2017
Global Connections to Enhance and Inspire
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This lesson is similar to a "Mystery Skype" where two classes connect through a live video conferencing platform and provide critical thinking clues to determine the location of the other class. Once both locations have been identified, students can then ask additional questions to learn more about the culture, climate, language, and traditions of both classes.

Subject:
Geography
Material Type:
Lesson
Author:
Tamara Letter
Date Added:
02/28/2022
The Green Book: African American Experiences of Travel and Place in the U.S.
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Release of the film Green Book (2018) inspired renewed interest in the experiences of African Americans when traveling in the United States during the 20th century. This inquiry-based lesson combines individual investigations with whole or small group analysis of primary sources and visual media to investigate the compelling question: How have the intersections of race and place impacted U.S. history and culture?

Subject:
History/Social Sciences
American History
Government and Civics
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
National Endowment for the Humanities
Provider Set:
EDSITEments
Date Added:
10/22/2019
Hands-on Science Activities for Your Polar Festival
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This article provides links to hands-on science activities that could be used in an festival or informal learning event. National standards correlations are provided.

Subject:
Earth Resources
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
Provider Set:
Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
Author:
Jessica Fries-Gaither
Date Added:
05/29/2019