Dust to Dust: The Changing Face of a Desert

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Description: The study of geography, history, and the social studies in general, provide ample opportunities for students to evaluate the positive and negative consequences of human modification the Earth’s surface through the use of limited and non-renewable resources. This lesson focuses on the ways imported technology rapidly transformed the arid environment of the Arabian Peninsula, only to be transformed again by human mismanagement of fossil aquifers just a few decades later. 

Grade level(s): Middle                Standards: GFL             
Produced By: Pam Merrill

Conflict Kitchen

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Description: The United States has conflicts with other countries. U.S. citizens have perceptions that are often negative toward these countries. How can we change these perceptions in our students? The answer is educating students about the culture and people of these countries, hence, the importance of geography classes. This lesson will allow the students to explore the culture of a country they are studying and work to change perceptions.

 Grade level(s): Middle                     Standards: OAS, GFL             Produced By: Brenda Chapman

The Oklahoma Standard: Tornados

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Description: Students will develop an understanding of how tornados form. Identify and locate the cities where the top 10 worst tornados in Oklahoma occurred on the Giant Map of Oklahoma. They will specifically gather and analyze data from the Moore, Oklahoma 2013 tornado site using geospatial technology.

  Grade level(s): Middle                      Standards: GFL, CC                Produced By: Denise Aguilar

Inquiring Minds Want to Know

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Description: The word today struggles with the credibility of stories and sources. There are a variety of reasons for this phenomenon – satire, entertainment, political partisanship, and social media. Students will experience the process of determining credibility of sources. (Media Literacy)

 Grade level(s): Middle                     Standards: OAS, GFL             Produced By: Brenda Chapman

Water We Going To Do?

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Description: In this lesson, students will explore how water behaves on various substrates (ground surfaces), what occurs during a flood, and the causes of flash floods. This lesson concludes with students designing and testing various floodplain models intended to mitigate the effects of flash floods.

Grade level(s): Middle and High School  Standards: OAS, GFL                          Produced By: Danny Mattox

Immigration & Ethnic Settlement Patterns In Post-Reconstruction Oklahoma, 1865 - 1900

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Description: In this lesson students will explore the different immigration and migration patterns of settlement in post-reconstruction Oklahoma, and develop an appreciation of our rich cultural and ethnic heritage.

  Grade level(s): High School                    Standards: OAS, GFL              Produced By: Lynn Tilley

Loaded Language: The Smoking Gun of Bias

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Description: The purpose of this lesson is to provide students with the opportunity to explore the language used by various media to sway public opinion.

  Grade level(s): Middle                      Standards: OAS                      Produced By: Brian Davis

I Have Heard of a Land: Using Oklahoma’s Giant Traveling Map, with Historical Maps, to Tell a Complete Story

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Description: Geography is the landscape on which History happens. In this lesson, students will use an award-winning historical fiction picture book, the Oklahoma Giant Traveling Map, and a series of Oklahoma historical maps, to gain a better understanding of why Blacks from the South, single women, and other pioneers came to participate in the land runs, as well as the impact on Native Americans already living in the areas. Students will gain an appreciation and understanding that history usually has more than one perspective to events happening.

 Grade level(s): Elementary, Middle, and    High School                   Standards: OAS, GFL             Produced By: Ann Kennedy

When Maps Lie

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Description: Students will understand the limitations and uses of different map projections, as well as becoming familiar with how maps can be used to accidentally or intentionally misrepresent facts

  Grade level(s): Elementary, Middle and     High School                      Standards: OAS, GFL              Produced By: Janet Hall

Carbon Footprints, Finding Solutions

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Description: Students will gain understanding in the climate change. Students will engage in technology and create an action plan addressing the world-wide conservation and environmental crisis while learning human-environmental interaction concepts related in geography.

 Grade level(s): Middle and High School   Standards: OAS, GFL, CC       Produced By: LeaAnn Wyrick

Oklahoma Route 66 Must See Attractions

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Description: Students will discover the Mother Road, Route 66 by analyzing the history of the road, while specifically identifying locations of 10 must see attractions on the Oklahoma portion on the giant state map of Oklahoma. They will discover the importance of each attraction and select a specific one to create a presentation on.

  Grade level(s): Middle                      Standards: GFL, C3                Produced By: Denise Aguilar

Can You C-Me?

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Description: This lesson asks students to investigate a scientific phenomenon, coronal mass ejections (CME), that could have major impacts on our infrastructure, society, and the world. However, strong coronal mass ejections are not well understood by scientists and the public is mostly unaware that this threat even exists. A Carrington Class CME could strike at any time, and depending on its strength and our response, the event could be so catastrophic that modern civilization is forever changed. Using a CME investigation as the backbone, teachers can take this lesson down a variety of paths that relate to human systems, environment, and society.

 Grade level(s): Middle                     Standards: OAS, GFL             Produced By: Danny Mattox

South Sudan: A Tale of Two Countries

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Description: South Sudan is the world’s newest country.  It was a hard-won fight for independence that followed decades of war.  The war began with the discovery of oil and the belief that economically the country of Sudan would be able to rid itself of its Christian African inhabitants.  Years of genocide and ethnic cleansing followed leaving South Sudan with little except for its vast reserves of oil.

 Grade level(s): Middle                 Standards: PASS, GFL, CC             Produced By: Jayne Marley

Tectonic Leadership

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Description: The purpose of this lesson is for students to examine how leaders in the countries affected by the Ring of Fire, shape geopolitical choices.  Students will do this through readings and dramatizations.  It is designed to introduce students to rulers in this region of the world and examine how they are shaping geo-political issues today.  Students will also become familiar with some distinctive elements of the various cultures.

 Grade level(s): Middle                     Standards: OAS, GFL, CC       Produced By: Ann Kennedy