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National Geography Standards

Journey North's Mystery Class project helps bring many of the National Geography Standards to life. Browse this chart by content area and then link directly to information and activities that reflect your teaching goals. As you review the activities, consider how you can adapt them to your unique context and students' abilities.

National Geography Standard
Journey North Mystery Class
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THE WORLD IN SPATIAL TERMS

1. How to use maps and other geographic representations, tools, and technologies to acquire, process, and report information.

Entire Mystery Class Challenge
Does the Sun Really "Rise" and "Set"?

2. How to use mental maps to organize information about people, places, and environments.

Entire Mystery Class Challenge

3. How to analyze the spatial organization of people, places, and environments on Earth's surface.

Last 6 weeks of Mystery Class Challenge
World Clocks

Does the Sun Really "Rise" and "Set"?

PLACES AND REGIONS

4. The physical and human characteristics of places. Entire Mystery Class Challenge
5. That people create regions to interpret Earth's complexity.

Last 6 weeks of Mystery Class Challenge

6. How culture and experience influence people's perception of places and regions.

Last 6 weeks of Mystery Class Challenge

PHYSICAL SYSTEMS
7. The physical processes that shape the patterns of Earth's surface. Entire Mystery Class Challenge
8. The characteristics and spatial distribution of ecosystems on Earth's surface.

Last 6 weeks of Mystery Class Challenge

HUMAN SYSTEMS
9. The characteristics, distribution, and migration of human populations on Earth's surface. Last 6 weeks of Mystery Class Challenge
10. The characteristics, distributions, and complexity of Earth's cultural mosaics. Last 6 weeks of Mystery Class Challenge
11. The patterns and networks of economic interdependence on Earth's surface.  
12. The process, patterns, and functions of human settlement. Last 6 weeks of Mystery Class Challenge
13. How forces of cooperation and conflict among people influence the division and control of Earth's surface.  
ENVIRONMENT AND SOCIETY
14. How human actions modify the physical environment. Last 6 weeks of Mystery Class Challenge
15. How physical systems affect human systems. Last 6 weeks of Mystery Class Challenge
16. The changes that occur in the meaning, use, distribution, and importance of resources.  
THE USES OF GEOGRAPHY
17. How to apply geography to interptret the past.  
18. To apply geography to interpret the present and plan for the future.  Last 6 weeks of Mystery Class Challenge

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