2015

Taming the Dragon: The Yangtze and Three Gorges Dam

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Description: China’s Three Gorges Dam generates electricity, reduces the likelihood of flooding downstream, and has increased the shipping capacity of the river connecting the heartland of China to the Pacific Ocean. This lesson will provide students with an opportunity to explore how the building of the Three Gorges Dam has affected various groups of stakeholders and weigh the costs and benefits of the dam’s construction.

 Grade level(s): Middle                     Standards: OAS, GFL             Produced By: Jane Purcell

Conflict in the Syrian Civil War

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Description: This lesson examines the Syrian Civil War and examines the complexities of international actors intervening in the conflict, or choosing to avoid intervention. Using geographic terminology, the lesson provides background and examples of terms in action. This support Oklahoma standard 2.4, focusing on conflict and cooperation in the Eastern hemisphere with a case study.

 Grade level(s): Middle                     Standards: OAS, GFL             Produced By: Darren Purcell

Race to the Arctic

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Description: The objective of the lesson is to evaluate the underlying causes and develop proposals for addressing the future use of natural resources in the changing environment of the Arctic region. Using the essential questions “How can people cooperatively solve common challenges?” and “What responsibilities do we owe the preservation of Earth’s natural resources?” students will work as cooperative teams to investigate the current changes in the Arctic’s environment, the geo-political issues arising from new access to valuable resources, and the impact current regional conflicts have had on the environment, relationships among the international community, and the economic development of the Arctic region.

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

The Humanitarians

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Description: Non-Governmental Organizations play a huge role in humanitarian response to crises in the world. They are often the first on the scene of a natural disaster and provide relief in political upheaval. The role of the NGO, or as the term is evolving, Civil Society Organization is changing, the organizations themselves facing financial deficits, and the humanitarian role finding itself increasingly unwelcome and sometimes in danger in its attempt to help those who need it most.

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

Boots On the Ground: Building Better Classroom Assessments to Measure Student Learning

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Description: The purpose of this lesson is to help students prepare for state assessments measuring the Oklahoma Academic Standards for Geography. Participants will receive practical strategies for developing more rigorous classroom assessments, meeting the demands of depth of knowledge and formatting which students will encounter on future state assessments.

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

Subsistence Agriculture

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Description: Students often do not know about the tools and technologies used to produce food, they think its just made in a factory and shipped to a grocery store. This lesson will introduce the students to agriculture in less developed countries. Students will learn how people in various parts of Asia (and the world) modify the natural environment to meet food needs.

 Grade level(s): Middle                     Standards: OAS, GFL             Produced By: Jane Purcell

Examining the Evidence: Teaching With Documents

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Description: The purpose of this lesson is to help students glean information from primary documents.  The modern world demands that students be able to navigate a reality dominated by visual information.  Sight is the dominate sense, and modern communications media increasingly appeal to that sense.  This means that students need to become visually literate, that is to develop the ability to look at an image, analyze it, and decode it.  Students need to read images in the same sense they read text. 

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

Economic Freedom

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Description: How much does economic freedom determine the extent of economic development in a country? In this lesson students examine geographic and economic data and form a hypothesis about what affects the standard of living in more developed and less developed countries.

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

I Want to Go There! Shaping Landforms

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Description: Students will gain understanding of Earth’s landforms utilizing map skills, geographic concepts, visual aids, creative-sensory exercise and hands-on learning with real world application.

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