2014

Our Five Oceans: Exquisite, Essential and Endangered

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Description: Through exploration and analysis of primary and secondary sources of visual information, and printed and digital texts, students will investigate and discover this interconnected nature, the importance of protecting the oceans, and how what happens to our oceans affects all life on earth.

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

Changing the Score in South Africa

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Description: South African mining companies are key players in the global industry. In this lesson, students will analyze the interactions of humans and their environment in South Africa. They will gain a better understanding of contemporary issues and the positive and negative impacts of mining Africa’s rich reserves of valuable minerals.

 Grade level(s): Middle                     Standards: OAS, GFL             Produced By: Teresa Potter

What's Up With the Yangtze River?

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Description: Students will discover the benefits as well as the disadvantages of building the largest hydroelectric power station in the world at Three Gorges Dam on the Yangtze River in China.

 Grade level(s): Middle                     Standards: OAS, GFL, CC       Produced By: Glenda Sullivan

What Unsolved Mysteries Lie Beneath Stonehenge?

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Description: Students will learn that more than fifteen previously unknown monuments: henges, barrows (burial mounds), ditches, and pits have recently been discovered buried beneath the ground in the area around Stonehenge.

 Grade level(s): Middle                     Standards: OAS, GFL, CC       Produced By: Glenda Sullivan

The Great Wall of China

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Description: Students will discover when the Great Wall of China was first built; when it was built as it exists today; who the laborers were who built the Wall; what materials were used to build it; why the Wall was built; problems encountered in maintaining the Wall even today; and new evidence as to the entire length of the Great Wall.

 Grade level(s): Middle                     Standards: OAS, GFL, CC       Produced By: Glenda Sullivan

Oil, Religion and the Global Landscape

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Description: The Middle East produces about a third of the world’s oil which makes the entire world reliant on that oil and natural gas. The goal of this lesson is to use map skills to gain an understanding of the effects of abundant oil supplies in the Middle East. Using maps, students will analyze data from a geographic perspective. They will increase their understanding of conflict and cooperation among specific groups over oil and religious differences. They will also identify multinational peace-keeping efforts to stabilize relationships in the Middle East.

 Grade level(s): Middle                   Standards: OAS, GFL             Produced By: Teresa Potter

The Impact of Economic Development on Russia's Arctic Regions: Opportunities and Challenges

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Description: Through exploration and analysis of primary and secondary sources of visual information, and printed and digital texts, students will discover and be able to summarize why the changing Arctic has become an important economic region for development, the opportunities and challenges that face Russia, as well as her neighboring countries in the Arctic, and how what happens in the Russian Arctic affects the rest of the global community.

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

Using Absolute Location to Improve Your Mental Mapping

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Description: Students will understand how latitude and longitude can assist them in finding specific places. They will be able to apply knowledge of location when organizing information about regions and the people who live in them. They will determine what natural resources are available for the people who live in the regions around the rivers, deserts, seas, mountains, and peninsulas being studied.

 Grade level(s): Middle                     Standards: OAS, GFL             Produced By: Susan Smith

Absolute Location: Knowing Exactly Where You Are!

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Description: Using longitude and latitude, students will find specific locations on maps and globes. Students will be able to use absolute location to find any specific place on any maps and globes (they include a grid system). When given a list of cities or geographically important locations in North and South America, students will be able to apply knowledge of absolute location to pinpoint their locations.

 Grade level(s): Middle                     Standards: OAS, GFL             Produced By: Susan Smith

Straits of Magellan

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Description: Students will locate the Straits of Magellan, discover its importance as a sailing route connecting the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans until the Panama Canal was completed in 1914, and will learn what its navigation purposes are today. 

 Grade level(s): Middle                     Standards: OAS, GFL             Produced By: Glenda Sullivan

The Impact of Monsoons and Cyclones in South Asia

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Description: Monsoons, together with cyclones, have a great impact on the agriculture and lives of people in this region, especially in India and Pakistan. The purpose of this lesson is for students to understand the interactions and influences of monsoons and cyclones on the people of South Asia, and how physical systems, being both life-giving and destructive, can produce resilience in people of the regional areas.

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

North Sea Petroleum Reserves: The Value to Developed Nations' Economies

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Description: The purpose of this lesson is for students to gain an understanding of the value of the North Sea petroleum reserves to the economies of Europe, both those nations that produce the energy, and the ones that consume the oil and natural gas found there. Through observing and analyzing maps, graphs, and charts of data and other information, students will integrate visual information, draw conclusions, and make predictions and inferences, to gain an understanding of the economic interconnectedness of these countries.

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

Major Cities Spanning Europe and Asia

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Description: Students will learn the location of several major European and Asian cities as well as discovering important physical and cultural characteristics of these various cities.

 Grade level(s): Middle                     Standards: OAS, GFL, CC       Produced By: Glenda Sullivan

American Progress

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Description: Students will understand Manifest Destiny and the idea of expansionism during the 1800s. They will analyze John Gast’s painting, “American Progress” and use the information/knowledge gained to write an argumentative essay.

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

Unsolved Mysteries: What Happened to the Orangutan?

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Description: The goal of this lesson is for students to be able to use reading and investigation skills to make inferences about what has happened to the orangutan. By identifying the plight of the orangutan and the contemporary issues facing Indonesia, students will discover how human activities have modified the environment, resulting in deforestation in Indonesia.

 Grade level(s): Middle                     Standards: OAS, GFL             Produced By: Teresa Potter

Transportation in the News

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Description: Students see transportation all around them but do not know geographic and historic background about the development of types of transportation. Students will gain geographic and historic perspectives about transportation as they explore American ingenuity that overcame geographic and economic issues in history.

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

The Push-Pull Factor Getting to the Bottom of It

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Description: The goal of this lesson is for students to identify the main groups of immigrants to the United States from 1820-1920, and the push-pull factors associated with these immigrant groups.

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