RESOURCES ON AFGHANISTAN:
The National Geographic Society has a new web site <www.nationalgeographic.com/landincrisis> dedicated to "Afghanistan: Land in Crisis." The site features up-to-date news, interactive maps, downloadable lesson plans for teachers, photo galleries, and archived NGS resources, such as a webcast lecture held at NGS headquarters.
AAG EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES:
The Association of American Geographers website offers a multitude of resources for teachers under their “education” section including: ARGWorld ((Activities and Resources for the Geography of the World), ARGUS (Activities and Readings in the Geography of the United States), Human Dimensions of Global Change, and Global Change in local Places. Visit http://aag.org/ to access these great resources and more.
STUDIES RESOURCES FOR K-12 EDUCATORS
From Indiana University Libraries http://www.libraries.iub.edu/index.php?pageId=2764, including the African Studies Program Outreach http://www.indiana.edu/~afrist/outreach/outreach.html.
Ambassadors for Children (AFC) is a not-for-profit, charitable organization that provides meaningful travel opportunities, voluntourism trips and travel packages to help children in need around the world. Ambassadors for Children will make a significant impact on world peace and understanding through face-to-face cultural exchanges. Ambassadors for Children betters the lives of children who live, study and play in impoverished communities, while offering volunteers a life-changing experience. Visit http://www.ambassadorsforchildren.org/ to get involved today.
AMERICAN PLANNING ASSOCIATION AS PARTNERS FOR GEOGRAPHY EDUCATION:
This is APA's site for kids. Create crazy city stories, post pictures in the City Gallery, and plan a scavenger hunt around your community. Find out just what planners do.
This channel on satellite and on broadband airs a wide range of teacher professional development and instructional programs. Visit www.learner.org for more information.
ASIA, NATIONAL CONSORTIUM FOR TEACHING
NCTA is funded by the Freeman Foundation as a multi-year initiative to encourage and facilitate teaching and learning about Asia in world history, geography, social studies, and literature courses. Launched in October 1998, this nationwide program is a collaboration of the East Asian Studies programs of five institutions: the University of Washington, the University of Colorado, Indiana University, Columbia University, and the Five College Center for East Asian Studies at Smith. For resources, professional development and travel opportunities, visit http://www.NCTAsia.org. Click on Indiana for events and activities for our state.
RESOURCES ON AUSTRALIA:
The web page referenced below contains materials presented at a one-day workshop on Australia. Educators have permission to use these materials for classroom purposes only. Any other uses are prohibited. Click through the agenda on the web site to download key resources. http://geog.tamu.edu/sarah/australia/australia.htm
This program recognizes that the social studies curriculum is already very full and that integration and fusion is a more feasible implementation policy than attempts to "add on" Australian studies. The planning group identified four core topics:
• Natural Hazards
• Global Interdependency
• People, Resources, Environments, and Society.
These subject areas address the needs of teachers in multiple grade levels, particularly in courses that feature contemporary world cultures (Texas 6th grade), World History and World Geography Studies, and US History. We hope that you can use these materials in a variety of ways.
Sarah Witham Bednarz, Department of Geography, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas 77843-3147;
firstname.lastname@example.org, 979/845-1579; FAX: 979/862-4487, CELL: 979/229-7247; http://missiongeography.org
Census in Schools: It's About Us 2010
The 2010 Census — a count of everyone living in the United States — is fast approaching! Census questionnaires will be mailed or delivered to every household in the United States in March 2010. Census in Schools is working on lesson plans, maps, teaching guides, and other informational materials to help teachers and students learn about the importance of the Census. Visit often to keep up with the latest information and materials available.
DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME, ABOUT
Institute for Dynamic Educational Advancement (IDEA) gives a complete overview of the rationale for daylight savings time, dates for the change, and world daylight savings time patterns. http://webexhibits.org/daylightsaving/i.html
EARTH SCIENCE/ENVIRONMENT RESOURCES:
21st CENTURY ASTRONOMY provides an entire series of visuals that support the teaching of Earth/Sun/Solar System relationships: revolution, rotation, Doppler Effect, Keppler's Law, orbits, tides... AstroTours
CENTER FOR EARTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE (CEES)
is transforming the way science is
discovery-based education. CEES’
comprehensive and truly unique science education program capitalizes on
wealth of university resources, including cutting-edge research,
faculty expertise to provide real, hands-on environmental science
for students of all ages. Students learn
on-site at CEES research locations within central
NATURAL RESOURCES EDUCATION CENTER (NREC) of the IN Dept. of Natural Resources
The Indiana DNR's Education Center provides professional training and support for educators and volunteers to promote responsible stewardship of our natural resources. The NREC houses 5 education programs:
These programs have fantastic resources for your classroom and staff willing to travel to schools to work with teachers and students. Contact them today to find out more about what they can provide for your specific needs!
Journey North engages students in a global study of wildlife migration and seasonal change. K-12 students share their own field observations with classmates across North America. They track the coming of spring through the migration patterns of monarch butterflies, robins, hummingbirds, whooping cranes, gray whales, bald eagles— and other birds and mammals; the budding of plants; changing sunlight; and other natural events. Find migration maps, pictures, standards-based lesson plans, activities and information to help students make local observations and fit them into a global context. Widely considered a best-practices model for education, Journey North is the nation's premiere "citizen science" project for children. The general public is welcome to participate.
JOURNEY TO THE PLANET EARTH
New video series about the planet on which we live. From Public Broadcasting Stations. There is an "Educational Resources" link that a photo gallery, action kit, episode guides, teacher guides, and more.
MERRY LEA ENVIRONMENTAL LEARNING CENTER of Goshen College
Merry Lea has features that make it unique among environmental education centers: It is a natural sanctuary within 35 miles of nearly 3/4 million people. Management of the center is guided by a Christian theology of earthkeeping. Most of the habitats found in northeastern Indiana are present on Merry Lea (short-grass prairie, buttonbush swamp, cattail marsh, swamp maple forest, oak-hickory forest, old field, peat bog, open meadow). Unique geological features such as peat bogs, a marl pit, and glacial gravel formations are present. Observable management practices include preservation, walnut culture, no-till farming, conventional farming, wildlife habitat improvement, wildlife food plantings, wetland maintenance, orchard management, specialty crops (sorghum and sunflowers). A vigorous educational program interprets the significant biological and geological features. The director and program coordinator are faculty members of Goshen College and many of the teaching volunteers are college graduates. Visit http://www.goshen.edu/merrylea for more information.
THE ENERGY LITERACY PROJECT:
The Energy Literacy Project (ELP) continues to update its review of the over 300 educational programs with an energy theme available for K-12. Those programs that appear to meet National Science Education Standards and the ELP's objective of balance are listed on the ELP web site http://www.energy-literacy.org . With energy prices at highs not seen in over a decade and supply problems in electricity, heating oil and natural gas, the energy topic should be of interest for classes in earth sciences, economics, life sciences, and history, etc. For a great "ice breaker", log on the ELP web site and link to humorist Dave Barry's article "We're just a few dinosaurs short of a full tank." You can find this link under the Visitors Forum section of the Visitor Service page. This article is made available by permission of Knight Ridder/Tribune Information Services.
MINERAL INFORMATION INSTITUTE:
Everything we have and everything we use comes from our natural resources; the source for FREE teaching materials. Find out WHY you absolutely, positively must have someone somewhere who develops the resources you use every day! The Mineral Information Institute (MII) is a national 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to educating youth about the science of minerals and other natural resources, and about their importance in our every day lives. Each year MII works with interested professional and scientific associations, and various government and education agencies, to help classroom teachers develop materials that are directly usable by teachers in a variety of subjects and a multitude of grade levels. Check out their web site for great materials!
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RESOURCES FOR EARTH SCIENCE
AND GEOGRAPHY INSTRUCTION:
The links at this site are organized around the sequence of topics typically taught in an introductory earth science or physical geography class. Links are also available for environmental science, earth science/geography education, career opportunities, and more. The sites selected are based on image quality, ease with which lesson plans can be developed, organization, authenticity, scope, and format. For more information or to subscribe to “Earth Science Site of the Week” contact Mark Francek, Professor of Geography and Earth Science, Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, MI 48859
Phone: (517) 774 7617 Fax: (517) 774-2907
Resource Page: http://personal.cmich.edu/~Franc1m/homepage.htm
Office Hours: MW 10-11, Th 1-4
GLOBAL LEARNING AND OBSERVATIONS TO
The GLOBE program is a hands-on science and education program that unites students, teachers, and scientists from around the world in study and research about the dynamics of the Earth’s environment. Hundreds of thousands of GLOBE students in over 8000 schools in over 85 countries are taking important environmental measurements and reporting their data for use by scientists.
For more information:
The GLOBE Program at 744 Jackson Place, NW
Washington, D.C. 20503
PRESERVE OUR PLANET
Preserving our planet isn't really all that complicated. All it takes is for each of us to do our part.
Check out this web site for lessons, resources and benchmarks for K-12 Science literacy. “Providing a wealth of resources for K-12 science educators, Science NetLinks is your guide to meaningful standards-based Internet experiences for students.”
SCIENCE AND ENVIRONMENTAL RESOURCE
Free science and environmental resource website for teachers! This site offers downloadable newsletters, science experiments and coloring pages targeting K-6. Teachers are free to reproduce all content for the classroom. All material is archival; neither time, nor geographically, sensitive. Therefore, content can be used anywhere, at any time! www.thegreenfrognews.com
For more information, contact Dianne Benoit at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ENVIRONMENTAL IDENTIFICATION-LOCAL TREES:
Although not exhaustive in its coverage, the “What Tree Is It?” page from the Ohio Public Library Information Network” offers a quick, clean, graphic rich method for tree identification by fruit, leaf, or name. Centered on Ohio, the trees archived are mainly restricted to the Northeast and Midwest. http://www.oplin.org/tree/index.html
One of the most useful features of the Plant Conservation Alliance's “Weeds Gone Wild” site is the factsheets that it offers on exotic aquatics, herbs, vines, shrubs, and trees. These factsheets offer “illustrated, easy-to-read information on invasive alien plants with native ranges, plant descriptions, ecological threats, U.S. distributions & habitats, background of introductions, plant reproduction & dispersal, management approaches, alternative native plants, and other useful information.” http://www.nps.gov/plants/alien/
EXOTIC AQUATICS ON THE MOVE:
“The Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant is one of 30 programs in the National Sea Grant College Program created by Congress in 1966 to address marine and Great Lakes needs to enhance sustainable coastal development. Sea Grant is a partnership of academia, government, business and industry. Funding is provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce; Purdue University; and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.” Their mission is “to foster the creation and stewardship of an enhanced and sustainable environment and economy along southern Lake Michigan and in the Great Lakes region through research, education, and outreach.” For downloadable copies of Exotic Aquatic Species activities visit http://www.iisgcp.org/EXOTICSP/.
ECOMONIC EDUCATION, INDIANA COUNCIL FOR:
The Indiana Council for Economic Education (ICEE) is a non-profit, educational organziation located at Purdue University. Founded in 1954, the ICEE is a comprehensive partnership of leaders from business, labor, agriculture, education, and government dedicated to increasing economic literacy in Indiana. Its mission is to prepare students to become active citizens and productive member of our economy by providing them with the ability to make sound economic decisions. Contact one of the 12 centers around the state for resources, workshops and more.
GIS: A NEW WAY TO SEE
Geographic Information Brings Environmental Sciences to Life. Adapted from Science and Children, January 2000. By Melinda Walker, Julie Casper, Frank Hissong, and Elizabeth Rieben. http://www.blm.gov/education/00_resources/articles/gis/index.html
EXTENSIVE GIS SITE FOR TEACHERS:
This site has great fantastic resources for teaching GIS in the K-12 classroom!
GEOGRAPHY AND INTERNATIONAL
by Dr. William Wood
In November at the annual meetings of the National Council for Social Studies, Dr. William B Wood, The Geographer of the US Department of State, gave a very important presentation on geography and international relations. Thanks to his willingness to share this presentation, it is now available directly as a PDF file at http://geog.tamu.edu/sarah/geogint.pdf . Links are provided at the GENIP web site as well. The catch is that this is BEST seen using Internet Explorer. I am searching for ways to circumvent Microsoft's monopolistic ways, but converting the original 17MB presentation to html seemed the best way for many people to see this interesting and thought provoking exploration of geography's role in world affairs. I know there may be some technical difficulties however I am eager for geography educators to have access to it.
GEOGRAPHY KNOWLEDGE, OUR STUDENT'S:
NAEP measured the geography knowledge of students at grades 4, 8, and 12 in 1994 and will be assessing geography knowledge again in January-March 2001. In conjunction with Geography Awareness Week, NAEP has just added 138 geography questions used in the 1994 assessment to the Sample Questions Tool. These questions, complete with student responses, scoring guides, and data on student performance, may be seen at http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/geography/. They show student knowledge in the content dimensions of: Space and place; Environment and society; Spatial dynamics and connections
GENI SMALL GRANT PROPOSAL FORMAT
THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY TEACHER GRANTS:
CAPTAIN PLANET FOUNDATION GRANTS:
Provides grants of up to $2,500 to school and cummunity groups to support hands-on environmental projects. The objective of the Foundation is to encourage innovative programs that empower children and youth around the world to work individually and collectively to solve environmental problems in their neighborhoods and communities. Submit proposals at any time during the year. However, they will only be reviewed the last day of March, June, September, and December. www.captainplanetfoundation.org/default.aspx?pid=16&tab=apply
G.R.I.N. - GREAT IMAGES IN NASA
"GRIN is a collection of over a thousand images of significant historical interest scanned at high-resolution in several sizes. This collection is intended for the media, publishers, and the general public looking for high-quality photographs. Please note that downloading these image files may take some time, although searching and browsing should be relatively quick." http://grin.hq.nasa.gov
HANK FINCKEN: A National Theatre Company of One
Bring characters to life in your classroom. Visit http://www.hankfincken.com for information on how you could bring Johnny Appleseed, Thomas Edison, a 49er, Henry Ford, and more into your classroom, or call 317-255-3566.
A special Preserve our Planet presentation with classroom resources
The Green Guide Magazine
INDIANA COUNCIL FOR THE SOCIAL STUDIES (ICSS)
ICSS is a voluntary, professional organization for teachers, supervisors, and administrators at the elementary, secondary, and collegiate levels who works for the improvements of the teaching of history, governement, economics, sociology, geography, psychology, and problems courses. To learn more, visit http://www.wvec.k12.in.us/icss/ today! Affiliated with the National Council for the Social Studies and regional roundtables throughout Indiana.
INDIANA IN THE WORLD:
"Indiana in the World is designed for use in middle school and high school classrooms to encourage teachers and students to examine their own community's international relationships. The materials were developed by Indiana middle and high school teachers and are free to any teacher." This publication is based around the following four themes:
THEME I: The World in Your Community suggests ways of understanding the international influences that we all experience in our own communities every day.
THEME II: Indiana's Resources, Goods, and Services provides a look at the physical and human resources that allow Indiana to play a major role on the international scene.
THEME III: Interdependence deals with the movement of goods and services, skills, people, and ideas to and from Indiana.
THEME IV: Transitions provides a perspective on the opportunities and challenges of an international economy and encourages students to consider their future careers and develop their own potential for success.
[See Indiana in the World to download lesson plans.]
INDIANA, RESOURCES ABOUT:
Books, digital resources, classroom materials, t-shirts, tote bags and more are available through the Indiana Historical Bureau for students, educators, libraries, historians and museums alike. Visit the their web site to find information about specific publications and to search their full listing for publications on various topics. E-mail, write, phone, or fax your order to the address below. No advance payment is required. You will be sent an invoice with your order. Charge cards are not accepted.
Indiana Historical Bureau
140 North Senate Avenue, Room 408
Indianapolis, IN 46204-2296
INDIANA TEACHERS OF WRITING WRITING PROJECT
The Indiana writing project is a site of the National Writing Project, which is based at the University of California at Berkley. The national project began in 1974 and now boasts almost 200 sites nationwide.
INDIANA: Digitized Textile Collection from Conner Prairie Pioneer Settlement
The IUPUI Digital Library Team digitized part of the textile collection from Conner Prairie. The images provide a clue as to the history of textiles and the value textiles had. A brief description accompanies each image along with up-close details. A lesson plan about quilts may be utilized to introduce students to textiles.
The Center for Teaching International Relations (CTIR) is a leader in international education. Our programs and publications promote a better understanding of the world in which we live. Based at the University of Denver's Graduate School of International Studies (GSIS), CTIR links academic research with community needs. For 30 years CTIR has brought the world to K-12 classrooms in Colorado and throughout the country. CTIR develops internationally oriented programs and publications to support professional educators. Visit www.du.edu/ctir today.
World War II (http://www.warbirdalley.com/pv2.htm) era airplane is available for viewing at Mount Comfort Airport outside of Indianapolis (east in Hancock County). The aircraft is operated by the American Military Heritage Foundation, P.O. Box 29061, Indianapolis IN 46229. Contact Penny Litz, AMHF President at 317.883.4721 or 760.835.7529 to find out additional information and to arrange a tour. Indiana is lucky to have such a resource as this Harpoon (http://www.amhf.org/aircraft/harpoon.shtml) is the only one on the entire planet that is flying! A book with information about the Harpoon, and other PV Units by Alan Carey is available. The book provides background information about the Harpoon and other similar aircraft: rationale for development, successes, problems, international linkages and much more. PV Ventura/Harpoon Units of World War 2, ISBN 1-84176-383-7 can be found on Amazon.com or via Osprey Publishing (http://www.ospreypublishing.com/). Connect the Harpoon to the study of the U.S.S. Indianapolis and the study of a Landing Ship Tank (LST) located in Evansville, Indiana for a more comprehensive unit.
GIANT TRAVELING MAPS!
INTERNET RESOURCES FOR MAPS & MAPPING
Compiled by Carol Gersmehl, Monroe Community College
MAPS & MORE FROM THE INDIANA DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES:
The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has a lengthy list of resources to help you explore the wonders of Indiana with the confidence of an expert. Contact the DNR at 402 W. Washington Street, W160, Indianapolis, IN 46204-2742. Questions? Call (317)232-4180; 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
ODT MAPS: FACINATING AND THOUGHT-PROVOKING RESOURCES TO EXPAND YOUR VIEW OF THE WORLD
ODT provides innovative maps, products, and resources to help you see the world in new ways. Its mission of honoring differences and teaching people to see the world from a broader, more inclusive perspective remains at the core of all ODT activities. Visit ODTmaps.com for books & globes, desktop maps, educational games, postcards, stickers, magnets,videos & DVD's, presentation materials, and more. Be sure to check out their maps with south on top!
THE MARKERBOARD PEOPLE
Provides "goof-proof" dry erase surface boards with permanent maps etched and locked onto the surface. All edges and corners are rounded for safety and durability. Available as individual boards or classroom sets. Schools offered a no-risk trial on any classroom set (return freight payed by the company if the school decides not to purchase). Visit http://www.dryerase.com to learn more about boards for Social Studies, Graphing, Handwriting, Language Arts, Math, Music, Sports/Coaching, and more!
11" X 16" DRY ERASE UNITED STATES MAP Student Response Board
11" X 16" DRY ERASE WORLD MAP Student Response Board
NASA SPACE LINK
"An Aeronautics and Space Resource for Education Since 1988." Mission Geography!
NEW YORK TIMES LEARNING NETWORK:
The New York Times Learing Network is an excellent resource for current events and include a lesson plan archive as well as a "lesson of the day." Check it out at www.nytimes.com/learning/.
PUZZLE YOUR STUDENTS WITH LEARNING NETWORK CROSSWORDS! The Learning Network offers almost 100 crossword puzzles that revolve around curricular themes. The puzzles, edited by Times puzzle master Will Shortz, can be printed out and duplicated for your students or played online. Visit www.nytimes.com/learning/teachers/xwords/archive.html for the crossword puzzle archive. Developed in Partnership with The Bank Street College of Education in New York City.
NEWSPAPER IN EDUCATION (NIE):
A fantastic educational tool! http://www.nieworld.com
The Mini Page Guide 2003 Activities: For use by teachers and parents at home and at school. Mini Page activities meet many state and national educational standards. Each week we identify standards that relate to The Mini Page's content and offer activities that will help your students reach them. http://www.nieworld.com/teachers/minipage/
NOODLEHEAD NETWORK VIDEOS CREATED BY KIDS:
At The NoodleHead Network, our goal is to give kids a voice in education. That's why we work with kids to make videos on issues that matter to us all. Kids play an integral role in the creation of each tape - from scripting, to acting, to editing. Then, a group of grownup writers, producers, and educators translate those ides into unique videos that educate and inspire. For more information, visit http://www.noodlehead.com/.
SOFTWARE TO TEACH GEOGRAPHY
INDIANA GEOGRAPHY STANDARDS:
View the Indiana Department of Education Social Studies Proficiency Guide through the IDOE Electronic Library.
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHY STANDARDS: [National Geographic]
STANFORD PROGRAM on INTERNATIONAL and CROSS-CULTURAL EDUCATION (SPICE)
SPICE is a part of the Institute for International Studies (IIS) and interdisciplinary research center at Stanford. It serves as a bridge between Stanford and the schools. It helps to build an informed public by publishing supplementary and cultural underpinnings. It develops materials in close cooperation with IIS faculty and researchers so that the materials it prepares reflect the research done at the institute. Visit the SPICE web site for more information and great resources.
TSUNAMI RESOURCE LINKS
- first-person accounts, photographs, satellite images, country updates, donation sites, emergency management prioritization, warning centers, etc.
UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF STATE:
The office of the Historian of the U.S. Dept. of State has developed and produced video and curriculum packages available at no cost. The lessons and materials are intended to help students understand the connection between world events and their own lives. The packages fully support Expectations for Excellence: Curriculum Standards for Social Studies of the National Coucil for the Social Studies, and is designed for students at a variety of levels. Packages: History of Diplomacy, Media and Diplomacy, Sports and Diplomacy in the Global Arena, Terrorism: A War Without Borders, Update: War Without Borders. Visit www.videodirect.state.gov today to place your order. For additional information on international affairs, visit www.state.gov and the student site, www.future.state.gov.
GENI Fall Newsletter 2009
GENI GAW Newsletter 2009
Indianapolis Propylaeum "Are YOU Geographically Literate?" PPT