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New York City Department of Education

Geography and Early Peoples of the Western Hemisphere

For Teachers 5th - 7th Standards
Young historians discover the early people of the western hemisphere. The unit explores how the land changed, how it was used and homes of early Americans such as Incas, Mayans, Inuits, Aztecs, and Pueblos. Individuals also examine these...
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Curated OER

The Western Hemisphere on Review

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders research a country in the Western Hemisphere. They write a research paper and present a five-minute presentation on the country. They use PowerPoint to give their presentations to the class.
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Curated OER

Western Hemisphere

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders use a database to compare countries in the western hemisphere. They describe a variety of regions in Texas and the Western Hemisphere such as political, population, and economic regions that result from patterns of human...
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California Academy of Science

Kinesthetic Astronomy: Earth's Rotation

For Teachers 3rd - 8th Standards
After completing the activity, "Kinesthetic Astronomy: The Meaning of a Year," zoom in on Earth's rotation using the same simulation setup and this outline. Each class member dons a map of the Western Hemisphere and plays the part of...
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Curated OER

Earth on the Earth

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders plot points on a graph and transfer those coordinates onto a large scale model resulting in an outline of the Western Hemisphere. They identify the major geographical landforms of the Western Hemisphere.
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Geography Now

Geography Now! Belize

For Students 8th - Higher Ed Standards
Belize is an adorable anomaly, being the only Latin American country with English as its official language. It's also home to thousands of Mennonites and is the gateway to the Caribbean, despite sitting on the Latin American land mass. A...
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Instructional Video10:35
Geography Now

Geography Now! Costa Rica

For Students 8th - Higher Ed Standards
Its name means rich coast, and Costa Rica is a showcase of the resources Latin America has to offer. From its jungles to its carbon neutral environmental policy, the Central American country has managed to carve out a stable democracy...
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Instructional Video15:46
Geography Now

Geography Now! Nicaragua

For Students 8th - 12th Standards
The volcano is perhaps the best symbol for the country of Nicaragua. It's beautiful, but a bit unstable. A video resource profiles the Central American nation, which is the second poorest in the Western Hemisphere. Highlights include...
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National Geographic

Mapping the Americas

For Teachers 3rd - 6th Standards
Celebrate the geography of the Americas and develop map skills through a series of activities focused on the Western Hemisphere. Learners study everything from earthquakes and volcanoes of the Americas and the relationship between...
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Curated OER

Explorers of the New World

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students research explorers and explore how exploration affected the Western Hemisphere; students demonstrate competency in using multimedia encyclopedia and information software, and present PowerPoint presentation to class with two...
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Instructional Video8:03
Veritasium

The Truth About Toilet Swirl - Southern Hemisphere

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Which way does your toilet water flow? A lesson in the Verisatium playlist explores the Coriolis Effect by examining the flow of water in both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres. The team designs an experiment to control for all...
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Curated OER

Learning About the Globe

For Teachers 2nd - 4th
Students examine the following terms to increase their geography skills: globe, equator, prime median, Western Hemisphere, Eastern Hemisphere, Northern Hemisphere, Southern Hemisphere, Pacific Ocean, Atlantic Ocean, and The United States.
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Curated OER

Mapmakers' Perspective

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Students examine several maps and consider mapmakers' perspective in early depictions of North America.They determine how the spherical shape of the earth makes any north-south and east-west orientation a matter of perspective. For...
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Council for Economic Education

Why Didn't China Discover the New World?

For Students 5th - 8th Standards
Who was Zheng He and why haven't we heard of him? Scholars consider the question as they compare his vast expeditionary force to that of Christopher Columbus. Young historians then ponder the intersection of science, economics, and...
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Curated OER

Map Coordinate Bingo

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students play a bingo-type game to locate cities by coordinates. They explain the use of orientation on a map and identify cities in the western hemisphere. They compare road maps, shutttle images, and a CIR image and obtain an...
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Curated OER

Who Ate it First?

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Young scholars complete the Seeds of Change worksheet by conducting research on the Seeds of Change website. They list foods native to the Eastern and Western hemispheres, and compile a list of recipes for a meal common after the era of...
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Curated OER

The Fear of Exploration Because of... Sea Monsters

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders examine the underestimated cause as to why exploration into the western hemisphere was not common before the 1400's. They reconstruct the causes/effects of exploration to North America.
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Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media

European Explorers

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
To compare how the Spanish, French, and English approached the exploration of North America, class groups examine primary source documents and become experts on one of four explorers: Francisco Coronado, Robert LaSalle, Samuel de...
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Curated OER

Sky Show

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students participate in a discussion of the sky and colors. They watch a demonstration of how colors can change. They examine the issue of if weather should be a part of their coursework.
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Curated OER

Compare and Contrast Timelines of the World

For Teachers 7th
Seventh graders create a classroom timeline of important world events. This instructional activity is meant to be used during the entire school year. As the school year goes along, events are added to the timeline as chosen by the class....
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Curated OER

Latitude/Longitude Activity

For Teachers 4th - 8th Standards
Youngsters work in groups to solve clues involving latitude and longitude coordinates in order to decipher mystery animals in this fun learning experience!
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Curated OER

What Are the Social Studies?

For Teachers Higher Ed
Identify core social studies subjects with adult learners. They will discuss key issues from twentieth century American history and identify key social studies concepts taught at elementary grade levels. They then modify this activity to...
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Devine Educational Consultancy Services

Geography Student Workbook, Australia

For Students 4th - 8th Standards
Your youngsters will be experts on the geography of Australia after working with these activities and worksheets, which review the continent's weather, major landforms, dimensions, history, and climate.
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Curated OER

Clay Wipe Away: Ceramics

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Discuss Pre-Colombian South American art with your class, then get out the clay and create some. Pupils practice using the wipe-away technique to create a ceramic tile similar to those made by the Maya. Great web links and a...

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