Category: Geography

LESSON PLANNING

#39: Google Earth Board

Students select from a list of Wonders of the World (or locations put together in conjunction with the classroom teacher). They do brief research on it, locate it using Google Earth and make a short presentation to the class about it.

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Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-18 technology for 30 years. She is the editor/author of over a hundred tech ed resources including a K-12 technology curriculum, K-8 keyboard curriculum, K-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum. She is an adjunct professor in tech ed, Master Teacher, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice, CSTA presentation reviewer, freelance journalist on tech ed topics, contributor to NEA Today, and author of the tech thrillers, To Hunt a Sub and Twenty-four Days. You can find her resources at Structured Learning.

20 Websites to Learn Everything About Landforms

If your third grader has to write a report about landforms, try these websites (check here for updates to list):landform research for 3rd graders

  1. About Rivers www.42explore.com/rivers.htm
  2. Biomes/Habitats http://www.allaboutnature.com/biomes/
  3. Deserts http://www.42explore.com/deserts.htm
  4. Explore the Colorado http://www.desertusa.com/colorado/explorriver/du_explorrv.html
  5. Geography Activities—for teachers www.enchantedlearning.com/geography/
  6. Geography Game—Geospy kids.nationalgeographic.com/Games/GeographyGames/Geospylandforms games
  7. Geography Quiz Game www.quia.com/pop/114591.htmllandforms game
  8. Geography Reading Problems www.tv411.org/lessons/cfm/reading.cfm?str=reading&num=8&act=4&que=1
  9. GeoNet Game www.eduplace.com/geonet/
  10. Labeling Maps www.iknowthat.com/com/L3?Area=LabelMaps
  11. Landforms make a greeting www.geogreeting.com/main.html
  12. Landforms www.edu.pe.ca/southernkings/landforms.htm
  13. Landforms—matching games, etc. www.quia.com/jg/29.html
  14. Los Angeles River Tour http://www.lalc.k12.ca.us/target/units/river/tour/index.html
  15. Map skills www.tv411.org/lessons/cfm/reading.cfm?str=reading&num=8&act=3&que=1landforms/manforms spells out words
  16. Mapping Game www.sheppardsoftware.com/states_experiment_drag-drop_Intermed_State15s_500.html
  17. Rivers Seen from Space http://www.athenapub.com/rivers1.htm
  18. The Colorado River http://www.desertusa.com/gc/gcd/du_glencaydam.html
  19. What’s on a Map www.tv411.org/lessons/cfm/reading.cfm?str=reading&num=8&act=2&que=1
  20. Zambezi River Tour http://www.on-the-matrix.com/africa/zambezi.asp

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LESSON PLANNING

#45: How to Use MS Word to Teach Geography

Where Am I?

Use MS Word target diagram to organize the Universe. Start with the student’s town in the center and build out. Show students how to color the diagram. For olders, add a table at the bottom with the location and a fact about it. This is a great way to show kids how they can organize their thoughts with pictures, diagrams, tables—lots of ways other than simple text

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Grade Level: 3-5

Background: Using MS Word.

Vocabulary: diagram, graphic organizer, solar system

Time: About 30 minutes

Steps:

  • Open MS Word. Add a heading to the top.
  • Add a title–Where We Are–centered, bold and font 14. Use this to point out the toolbar with the four alignment tools, bold, fonts and font size (more…)

Google Earth: User Friendly in the Classroom

What an amazing program! I decided to devote a unit to it for my fifth grade technology classes. I gave them a list of locations which they had to locate on Google Earth using the Fly To bar or with Google Earth Community, placemark them (with their choice of creative placemarks), create their own tour file folder under ‘My Places’ and save each location to their tour folder with one interesting fact (which didn’t include Boy is this a great place!). (more…)