2015

The Big Shake: The 2010 Haitian Earthquake

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Description: This lesson explores how the poor/weak infrastructure practices of Haiti caused the impacts of the 2010 Haitian Earthquake to be much more severe, and prolonged the country’s continued recovery from this disaster, than might have otherwise been the case. This case study will help students understand how physical hazards and societal risks can intersect to cause disasters.

 Grade level(s): Middle                     Standards: OAS, GFL             Produced By: Virginia Silvis

Spotting a Wind Farm

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Description: The overall purpose of the lesson is to help students analyze a range of geographic information to develop a better understanding of human interactions with their environment via siting a wind farm in a foreign location. In this case that analysis is on the island of Ireland.

 Grade level(s): Middle                     Standards: OAS, GFL             Produced By: Scott Greene

This Land is Our Land

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Description: Students will gain an understanding of the historical context for modern-day Arab-Israeli conflicts, as well as involvement of the international community in contributing to and in trying to resolve conflict.  They will also practice interpreting political cartoons over this topic.

 Grade level(s): Middle                     Standards: OAS, GFL             Produced By: Janet Hall

Every Region Has A Reason: Lesson 1

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Description: This lesson is designed to define, analyze and conceptualize and apply the idea of political, physical, economic and cultural regions, concentrating on the USA in the Western hemisphere involving student interaction, research, hands on activities, and class presentations with discussion. Various examples and scenarios through photo’s, web work and maps will help students understand and internalize these key geographic types of regions.

 Grade level(s): Middle                     Standards: OAS, GFL             Produced By: Gary Gress

Putting the Us in USA

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Description: Culture is a term that we take for granted that students understand but the nuances of prejudice that are formed by misunderstanding are difficult to overcome. As groups of people use more and more stereotypes to describe culture it becomes obvious that a country or region's culture is not considered a worthwhile part of their human existence. Culture may very well be the most important aspect of what it means to be human and by understanding and respecting the culture of other people we will come closer to being humane.

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

Big Oil: Exploring Alternatives

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Description: The goal of this lesson is to use map skills to gain an understanding of and make inferences about the effects of abundant oil supplies in the Middle East. Using maps, students will analyze data from a geographic perspective. They will gain an understanding of conflict and cooperation among specific groups over oil and religious differences. They will also have a better understanding of wind energy as an alternative form of energy.

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

Picture This - The Economics of Geography

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Description: Students will examine photos reflecting primary, secondary, and tertiary economic activities. They will analyze the photos and be able to explain the difference between the three economic activities and the impact they have on a nation’s development.

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

Nuclear Energy Friend or Foe

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Description: The objective of the lesson is to evaluate the benefits and challenges of continued development and dependence on nuclear energy as a source of power for developed, as well as developing nations. Using the essential questions “How can people cooperatively solve common challenges?” and “What responsibilities do we owe the preservation of the Earth’s environments?”, students will work as cooperative teams to investigate the current status of nuclear energy production and dependence, the geo-political issues arising from new access to nuclear power sources, and the impact of nuclear energy on the environment. Student learning and team research will be presented through a classroom “Fishbowl Global Summit”.

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

Picture Yourself There

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Description: Culture may very well be the most important aspect of what it means to be human and by understanding and respecting the culture of other people we will come closer to being humane.

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

Saving Holland

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Description: Students will examine how the Dutch have altered their physical environment. They will apply close reading strategies to explain the impact of human-environmental interaction in the Netherlands.

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

The Florida Everglades: The Once and Future River of Grass

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Description: This lesson focuses on the history of human-environment interactions in the Florida Everglades region since the late 19th century. The long-term effects of these interactions are discussed and evaluated.

 Grade level(s): Middle                     Standards: OAS, GFL             Produced By: Virginia Silvis

Hungry for Humanity

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Description: Students will gain understanding in the world-wide humanitarian crisis, causes of food insecurity, humanitarian relief efforts by the United Nations to address hunger in Africa, and other humanenvironmental interaction concepts related in geography.

 Grade level(s): Middle                     Standards: OAS, GFL             Produced By: LeaAnn Wyrick

Give Peace a Chance

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Description: Students will be able to identify four areas of the world currently receiving help from the UN and will be able to write a brief, informal blog post demonstrating their knowledge of an area of the world in crisis and how it is being affected.

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

Every Region Has A Reason: Lesson 2

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Description: This lesson is designed to define, analyze and conceptualize the idea of formal, functional and popular (or vernacular regions), concentrating on one country in the Western hemisphere involving student interaction, research, hands on activities, and class presentations with discussion. Various examples and scenarios through photo’s, web work and maps will help students understand and internalize these key geographic types of regions.

 Grade level(s): Middle                     Standards: OAS, GFL             Produced By: Gary Gress