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Great Circle Lesson

For Teachers 9th - 11th
Guide your class in this computer-based activity to explore Earth's spherical geometry and the concept of the Great Circle. Map projections and relative distances between places on Earth's surface are used to facilitate spatial and...
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Social Studies: Great Circle Route

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Students compare routes between Minnesota and China using a map and globe. Using the "great circle route" method, students find the shortest route between two points.
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What is a Sphere?

For Teachers 4th - 7th
The teacher diagrams and explains the different terms of what comprises a sphere. Follow along and learn about the: radius, diameter, great circle, center, and hemisphere.
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What is a Sphere?

For Teachers 6th - 12th
The teacher diagrams and explains the different terms of what comprises a sphere. Follow along and learn about the: radius, diameter, great circle, center, hemisphere
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Counting Circles

For Teachers K Standards
Here is another learning game that will engage your kindergartners and support them with their counting fluency. Forming a circle where everyone faces inward, choose a counting sequence (counting frontward or backward) with no more than...
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The Flat Earth

For Teachers 9th - 11th
Students differentiate between different planes. In this geometry lesson plan, students differentiate between a plane and a sphere. They discuss the Great Circle, Geodesic and Lune as it relates to the earth.
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Globe Foldable

For Teachers 4th - 12th
Maybe the world wasn't built in a day but kids can certainly assemble a globe in one class period using the images provided by these templates. Cut, fold, piece, glue, and voila!
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Photosynthesis:The Calvin Cycle

For Teachers 10th
From the light reaction to the Calvin cycle, this presentation contains information about the various stages of photosynthesis.  This is a great supplement to some of the biochemistry-heavy presentations about the specific mechanisms....
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You Can Cut It: Hands-on Geometry

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Learners explore two and three-dimensional objects with a hands-on approach and an element of chance. Groups choose the name of a solid figure from a "hat" and work with that shape. They sketch it, determine the number and shapes of...
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Folding Circles

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Students investigate properties of circles. In this geometry lesson, students differentiate between similarity and congruence as they observe polygons. They investigate properties of two and three dimensional shape.
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Exploring Geography and Its Tools

For Students 7th - 9th
Establishing clear expectations is a good way to help kids know what they should be focusing on in class. Here is a study guide, perfect for handing out at the start of a unit on geography. They'll use each of the 18 topics and...
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Hopewell Geometry

For Students 8th - 10th Standards
Right triangles from 2,000 years ago? Learners investigate different right triangles found in the earthworks of the Hopewell people, a Native American culture that populated the United States from 200BC to AD 500. Learners apply concepts...
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Why All Maps Lie

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders discover the fundamental advantages/disadvantages of both maps and globes. They see that maps may distort size, shape, distance and direction. They discuss the advantages and applications of 5 types of map projections and...
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Baseball Challenge - Basic Geography Skills

For Teachers 6th - 8th
A fabulous presentation/activity based on geography. The author has designed a "baseball game" where batters advance to the next base if they correctly answer a multiple choice question about geography. Geographic terms are used, along...
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Globe Skills Lesson 11The Vietnam War

For Teachers 6th - 9th
Learners develop their globe and map skills, In this geography instructional activity, students examine the Vietnam War as they complete an activity that requires them to plot latitude and longitude.
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Cattle Trails

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students identify and locate cattle trails on a globe. In this map skill lesson, students use a marker to locate Texas and Montana and use the map scale to calculate the distance of the cattle trail.
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Exploring Geometry on the Sphere

For Teachers 9th - 10th
In this geometry worksheet, learners define important vocabulary dealing with circles. They measure cricles to the nearest degree. There are 11 word problems to be solved.
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The Reason for Seasons

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students determine the causes of changes in season. In this earth science lesson, students relate the Earth's tilt to seasonal changes. They list traditional activities that take place in various seasons.
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Conducting Research

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders write research reports about trains. They focus on mechanical features of trains.
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Distance on a Globe

For Students 5th - 7th
In this world globe activity, students read a detailed one page text about how to measure distance on a globe. Students answer 5 questions that will require a globe.
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Follow Your Dreams: Career Goals

For Teachers 11th - 12th
It is so important for impending high school graduates to start thinking about their potential careers. Here, they discuss the persistence of Blondie Hasler and his impressive transatlantic trip. They follow various routes on a map and...
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El Joki Poki (The Hokey Pokey)

For Teachers 1st
First graders sing and dance the Hokey Pokey bilingually. They read and sing the Spanish words for prepositions and act them out as they sing and act out the motions to the song, "El Joki Poki" (The Hokey Pokey).
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Distance on the Sphere

For Teachers 9th - 11th
Students calculate the distance on a sphere. In this geometry lesson, students compare and contrast between plane geometry and spherical geometry and how you would calculate the distance for each.
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A Chording We Will Go

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Students examine the relative size of circular objects from the microscopic to the size of the sun. They calculate the center of a circle given the chords of an arc, watch a video, explore various websites, and calculate the...

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