Teaching Geography: Workshop Resources
"Women Respond to a Shrinking Aral Sea"
- Visible Earth
A searchable directory of NASA images.
- National Council for Geographic Education
The NGCE supports geography educators at all levels, from kindergarten through university.
- Association of American Geographers
The projects and programs of this organization.
- Mission Geography
Information on the Mission Geography program, including draft lesson plans, workshops, and other resource materials.
- National Geographic
This site features lesson plans, maps, and activities. Under the "Get Involved" tab are links to and address listings for all of the state Geography Alliances.
Engaging lesson plans categorized by grade level and national geography standards used.
- Massachusetts Department of Education
Curriculum standards for Massachusetts.
- New York State Department of Education
This page links to all state social studies curriculum standards.
- “Generating and Testing Hypotheses,” Classroom Instruction that Works: Research-Based Strategies
for Increasing Student Achievement (2001), by Marzano, Pickering,
and Pollack, ASCD, pp 103-111.
- Creating Interactive Environments in the Secondary School (1993), by Stover, Neubert, and Lawlor, National Education Association, pp 11-26.
- Christian Science Monitor
Coverage of world news and culture.
An excellent source for volcano information and activities, featured in Carole Mayrose's classroom.
- Massachusetts Department of Education
Curriculum standards for Massachusetts.
- National Geographic
This site features valuable resources and information on geographic topics.
"Sicilians Take Grumpy Mount Etna in Their Stride"
- Global Volcanism Program
Up-to-date volcanic activity reports, including sites featured in the program.
- Volcanoes Online
This site offers information, comics, and games having to do with volcanoes.
- GIS in Schools, Richard Audet and Gail Ludwig, ESRI Press, 2000.
- Edge City: Life on the New Frontier, Joel Garreau, Anchor Books, 1991.
- United States Census Bureau
The Census Bureau's site has demographic data from the Census available for downloading, data broken down by subject matter, and a guide to printed publications.
- City of San Antonio
This site features sections detailing city growth and management policies and plans, discussed in Phil Rodriguez's classroom.
- San Antonio Master Plan
Available here is information on the master plan for San Antonio's urban design, natural resources, and economic development, among other things.
- The City and County of Denver
Information on and maps of Denver, including Enterprise Zone maps similar to those used by teacher Rick Gindele.
- The Digital Divide Project
Includes an article about how teacher Herschel Sarnoff used GIS software with his students.
This site offers information on GIS as well as lesson plans, teacher discussion forums, and educational opportunities for teachers who want to learn to use GIS.
This page contains information about GIS for schools and libraries.
- National Center for Geographic Education and Analysis
This consortium conducts research in education and geographic information science, including GIS.
- Lesson Plan: Planning for a City's Future
- Lesson Plan: Life on the Edge: Cities on the Fringe
- Regional Layers: Low-Tech Geographic Information Systems
- Lesson Plan: What to Do About Sprawl
- At the Entrance to the Garden of Eden: A Jew's Search for God
with Christians and Muslims in the Holy Land (2001), Yossi Klein
Halevi, William Morrow & Co.
Given the inseparable nature of religion and state in the Middle East, Halevi asks whether the common bonds of faith among Jews, Muslims, and Christians can heal the wounds that politics cannot.
- A History of God: The 4,000-Year Quest of Judaism, Christianity and Islam (1994),
Karen Armstrong, Ballantine Books.
Armstrong traces the circuitous road to monotheism, showing how Judaism, Christianity, and Islam have overlapped and influenced each other.
- Islam: A Short History (2000), Karen Armstrong, Modern Library.
Armstrong discusses the roots of Islam, its expansion into a political empire, clashes with Western crusaders, the debacle of European colonialism, and how Islamic fundamentalism has become a present-day, worldwide phenomenon.
- The Year in Jerusalem: Inside Out
This Web site allows you to listen to radio broadcasts of various documentaries about the conflict in Jerusalem. Photographs, maps, commentary, and news are also available through this site.
"Water and Peace in the Middle East"
- Palestine Daily
This site offers news and videos about Palestine.
- Nile Basin Initiative
http://www.nilebasin.org/newsite/ The Web site of an organization concerned with this African waterway.
Information on Egypt's Toshka canal project.
- The Ancient Egypt Site
Recommended by teacher Cynthia Ryan as a good source of background information on early Egypt.
- The World Bank: HIV/AIDS
- AllAfrica Global Media
AllAfrica is the leading provider of African news and information worldwide.
- World Health Organization
- Population Reference Bureau (PRB): World Population Data Sheet
PRB's popular World Population Data Sheet in an interactive map format.
- UNAIDS: Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS
This organization's Web site includes an AIDSinfo database with country factsheets.
- Global Population Mapping from the U.S. Census Bureau
The U.S. Census Bureau develops global population data and maps for use in international humanitarian relief and crisis planning.
- International Union for the Scientific Study of Population
- WorldWatch Institute
Worldwatch Institute's Web site has many articles and blogs with information about HIV/AIDS in Africa.
- AIDS in Africa
The Web site of this international charity offers Q&A regarding AIDS in Africa.
- AIDS Foundation of South Africa
- Death Watch: AIDS, Drugs and Africa
- Graphic: AIDS Diffusion in Africa
- UNAIDS: United Nations Programme on AIDS/HIV
The United Nations Programme on AIDS/HIV offers publications on the AIDS situation in Africa.
"Geocaching: High-Tech Hide-and-Seek"
This article sheds light onto the function and use of a Global Positioning System (GPS) unit through a game.
- The Power of Place: World Regional Geography (2000), Cambridge Studios for Annenberg Media, Video Program 8, "Central and Remote Economic Development." Go to http://www.learner.org.
- "Chapter 2: Russia," Geography: Realms, Regions and Concepts, 9th edition (2000), de Blij and Muller.
- "An Explanation of Performance-Based Assessment," A Teacher's Guide to Performance-Based Assessment in Geography (1999), National Geographic Society, pp 7-10.
- "Some Guiding Principles of Constructivism," The Case for Constructivist Classrooms (1993), J. Brooks and M. Brooks, pp 35-38.
- "Courage to be a Constructivist," Educational Leadership (November 1999),
J. Brooks and M. Brooks,
- "Industrialization and Economic Development in Advanced Placement Geography," Journal of Geography (August 2000), Adrian Bailey, pp 142-53.
- "The Six Facets of Understanding," Understanding by Design (1998), ASCD, Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe, pp 44-62.
"Roots of Chechen Rebellion Embedded in Russian History"
- Chechnya Links
This page offers over 300 links to pages regarding Chechen politics, including articles, government Web sites, and photo galleries.
- Lesson Plan - NATO and Russia: Will the Expansion of NATO Cause
a New Cold War?
In this role-playing lesson, students act as part of a delegation to a special meeting of the NATO sponsored Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council. They discuss inviting a number of the independent republics of the former Soviet Union to become permanent members of NATO.
- Lesson Plan - Peter the Great
This site offers biographical information about Peter the Great and discusses how his reforms affected Russia's modernization.
- "Peak Experience," by Robert Garmstron, Journal for Staff Development (Fall 2000), pp. 58-64.
- "Cultural Patterns and Processes in Advanced Placement Human Geography," Journal of Geography (August 2000), pp. 111-19.
- "Cities and Urban Land Use in Advanced Placement Geography," Journal of Geography (August 2000), pp. 153-68.
- "Check Your Inquiry Teaching Techniques," by Mary Sugrue and Jo A. Sweeney, NEA Journal (May 1969), pp. 43-46.
- "Using the Geographic Perspective to Enrich History," by Sarah Bednarz, Social Education (March 1997), pp. 139-43.
- "The Art and Craft of Teaching," by Elliot Eisner, Educational Leadership (January 1983), pp. 6-13.
- The Case for Constructivist Classrooms (1993), by Jacqueline and Martin Brooks, ASCD, 128pp.
- "The Many Faces of Constructivism," by David Perkins, Educational Leadership (November 1999), pp.6-13.
- Report: The Berlin Wall: Ten Years Later
Examines the impact this event had on Germany and the world; includes a downloadable Resource Guide.
Guide to Amsterdam tourism and travel.
SimCity is a game in which players plan cities.
- Europa: Gateway to the European Union
A wide range of teaching material about Europe, at the official Web site of the EU.
- The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)
This Web site offers information on NAFTA and a link to the entire agreement.
- The Council of Europe
"Berlin Wall Is Still to Be Brought Down in People's
- Lesson Plan: The Resource Racket: A Global Perspective on Resources and Consumption
Students examine the materials lives of families around the world. For grades 8-12.
- "Teaching Social Justice: Reviving Geography's Neglected Tradition," by Christopher Merrett, Journal of Geography (Sept/Oct 2000), pp. 202-18.
- The Berlin Wall System
An interactive article about the Berlin Wall at the New York Times Web site.
- Newseum: The Berlin Wall
Includes "Two Sides, One Story," a presentation about news transmission on either side of the Wall.
- Lesson Plan: European Union Simulation: The European Council
(In order to view these lesson plans, you must first join Education Planet, which will give you access to their database of lesson plans.) These lesson plans offer several ways for students to study the European Union: through geographical themes, simulations of the European Council, and examining the Constitution.
- "Technology and the Social Studies," Social Education (March 1997), pp. 147-50.
- Learning Through [Inquiry] Geography (1993), by Frances Slater, NCGE, 227pp.
- "Using Inductive Learning to Construct Content Knowledge," by Gloria A. Neubert and James B. Binko, The Teacher Educator (Summer 1991), pp. 31-38.
- "The Structural Approach to Cooperative Learning," by Spencer Kagan, Educational Leadership (January 1990), pp. 12-18.
- "Population in Advanced Placement Human Geography," by Martha Sharma, Journal of Geography (August 2000), pp. 99-111.
- "An Approach to Teaching Applied GIS," by John Benhart, Jr., Journal of Geography (December 2000), pp. 245-54.
- "Educational Demographics: What Teachers Should Know," by Harold Hodgkinson, Educational Leadership (January 2001), pp. 6-11.
- Teaching Geography in the Disciplines (1996), by James B. Binko and Gloria A. Neubert, Phi Delta Kappa Fastback, 64pp.
- Fieldwork in the Geography Curriculum (2001), by Gwenda Rice and Teresa Bulman, NCGE.
- "Using Inquiry to Enhance the Learning and Appreciation of Geography," by Phil Klein, Journal of Geography (March/April 1995), pp. 358-67.
- Wetlands: Science, Politics, and Geographical Relationships (1994), by Benhart and Margin, NCGE.
- Water in the Global Environment (1992), by Marvin Waterstone, NCGE, 57pp.
- Every Drop For Sale: Our Desperate Battle Over Water in a World About to Run Out (2001), by Jeffry Rothfelder, Penguin Putnam, Inc.
- International Forum on Globalization
Join activists, scholars, economists, researchers, and writers as they discuss the consequences of globalization.
- Management of Social Transformations Programme
This site provides extensive information about and links to a variety of comparative social science topics.
- "So What's the Problem with Nike?"
Includes reports on factory conditions, news updates, and information on how you can get involved in persuading Nike to respect workers' basic rights.
"Overfishing Long Ago Tied to Modern Ecosystem Collapse"
"Geographic Launches Project to Promote Protection of U.S. Rivers"
- The Umatilla Basin Project
Includes details about the Umatilla Basin conflict and successful resolution.
- Bartram's Garden
The Web site of the garden that Marlene Brubaker's students take a field trip to.
- "A Trip to Historic Philadelphia on the Web," by Elizabeth Wilson, Social Education (March 1997), pp. 170-72.
- Residential Water Conservation Techniques
The EPA Web site offers a simple interactive program on water conservation.
- Pennsylvania Spatial Data Access
"Geography Action!" is an annual conservation and awareness program designed to educate and excite people about natural, cultural, and historic treasures. Each year they celebrate a different topic related to conservation and the environment.
- "Bring It All Together: Processing for Meaning During Inquiry," Video Program 6 of Learning Science Through Inquiry (2000), Thirteen/WNET New York with the Education Development Center (EDC) for Annenberg Media. Go to http://www.learner.org.