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Lesson Plans (21) A detailed description of the instruction for teaching one or more concepts or skills. Podcasts (1) A program (audio or video) made available in digital format for playback or download over the Internet. Informational Materials (4) Textual information containing useful facts or information.
Interactives/Games (2) A learning object that requires a user's involvement. Learning Activities (4) Any activity that would enhance a lesson or unit in order to help the learner master an objective 
and/or acquire a skill.  Examples include, but are not limited to, online tutorials, experiments, 
demonstrations, and hands-on activities. Teacher Tools (1) An extensive set of online resource tools teachers can use to enhance student learning or increase teacher productivity often useful across grade levels and/or subject areas (Aligned to professional learning standards instead of content standards).


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Subject: English Language Arts (3), or English Language Arts (3), or Social Studies (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Exploring the world with P.W. Cracker!
Description: This lesson can be completed in a whole group or small group setting. After reading the book “P.W. Cracker Sees the World,” the students will complete an inquiry project that connects social studies/geography to what they read in their story.


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Subject: English Language Arts (2), or English Language Arts (2), or Social Studies (2 - 3), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Jet, Set, Go! Travel Google Earth in Ben's Dream
Description: This lesson uses the picture book by Chris Van Allsburg Ben’s Dream with Google Earth to highlight ten major landmarks of the world. After reading and discussing Ben’s Dream, students "travel" to each location using the free software Google Earth. Students will then be put into small groups by the teacher to research one specific landmark using the tools available on Google Earth (i.e., snapshots, Wikipedia links, etc.). Using their research skills, students locate these famous landmarks, conduct further research on them, and share that information with the class.


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Subject: Physical Education (2 - 3), or Social Studies (2 - 3)
Title: Capture the Flag
Description: Try this twist on a schoolyard favorite.  Teams are given incomplete maps and need to read the map in order to find the pieces of the map covering enemy territory.  Only then can they seek out their opponents flag to win.


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Subject: Social Studies (3 - 5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Where Am I?
Description: During this lesson students explore the 50 states through the Internet. Students discover important facts and information by navigating the World Wide Web.


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Subject: Social Studies (3 - 4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: State Jeopardy - How Much Do You Know About My State?
Description: This lesson is a distance learning collaborative project involving another school. Each school will do research on the other school's state and be able to answer questions about that state posed by the other school. Students learn not only about another state, but about their own in formulating questions to stump their opponents.


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Subject: Social Studies (3 - 4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: A Look at Our Natural Environment
Description: During this lesson students will have the opportunity to research, analyze, and collect data on how the natural environment influenced the Native Americans long ago, and how it still influences us today. Using information gathered from the Internet, each student group will create a multimedia presentation and share it with the class.


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Subject: Science (3), or Social Studies (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: The Earth's Changing Surface
Description: During this unit, students will identify the various landforms found on the earth's surface. Also, students will describe how these landforms are created and changed by the natural forces within the earth and on its surface, as well as the unnatural impact of humans. Finally, students will create a slide presentation to display this information.


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Subject: Social Studies (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Forces That Change the Land
Description: Students will use websites and other resources to find information about the following landforms: mountains, canyons, and valleys.


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Subject: Health - Nutrition - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Regional Foods     
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students explore the culture of different regions by learning about differences in foods and recipes. They create maps of the United States and the world based on what they have learned about various regions through Internet research.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Science - Meteorology - Science - Physical Sciences - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Weather Complaints     
Description: This Xpeditions lesson asks students to consider the weather and climate in their home region and to think about the ways in which people complain about the weather. Students refer to a climate map to predict what the climate might be like in specified United States cities. They then find out the average temperatures and precipitation for those cities by using a weather Web site. As a final project, students write statements that people in these cities might make to describe their weather and climate.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Science - Biological and Life Sciences - Science - Ecology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Design a Regional ''Eco Park''     
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students use the Internet to find out about the plants and animals that live in their local area. They design eco parks containing local plants and animals. If there is time, teachers may have students extend their research into the real world by doing some outdoor observations near school or their homes. This lesson is based on the National Geographic feature titled Wild World.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Mathematics - Applied Mathematics - Social Studies - Comparative Political Systems - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Charting Countries of the World     
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students collect information about countries then enter that information on a chart that they use to compare the sizes, populations, and political characteristics of the different countries. Using this information, students are able to ask and answer geographic questions as they relate to the division and control of Earth's surface.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Social Studies - Geography - Social Studies - State History
Title: Make State Maps With MapMachine     
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students compare and contrast their state with another one using observations they make from National Geographic's MapMachine. They look at their own state's maps as the teacher creates them for the class, and they then make their own maps of another state of their choice. They list their observations of the two states maps and then write paragraphs comparing and contrasting what they have seen.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Science - Earth science - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Your Special Town     
Description: This Xpeditions lesson asks students to consider the unique and special features of their hometown and to create a presentation or performance that could be used to welcome visitors to the town. In the process, students gain an awareness of the human and environmental factors that make places unique.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Arts,Social Studies
Title: A Landmark Lesson: The United States Capitol Building     
Description: This unit of three lessons, from EDSITEment, explores what makes the U.S. Capitol symbolically important. Working in small groups, students uncover and share the Capitol's story.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Science - Earth science - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Be a Geography Detective     
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students become geography detectives, learning about geography and the relationship human beings have with the land. Students apply the six essential elements of geography as they make observations and draw conclusions about historical landscapes. They demonstrate their understanding by writing journal entries, sketching landscapes, and making mental maps.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Social Studies,Arts
Title: The Statue of Liberty: The Meaning and Use of a National Symbol     
Description: In this unit of seven lessons, from EDSITEment, students explore the nature of national symbols. Students study the Statue of Liberty, complete research on a national symbol, and use their research to communicate a message of their own.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Science - Ecology - Social Studies - Current Events/Issues - Social Studies - Economics - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Your Town in the Past, Present, and Future     
Description: This Xpeditions lesson illustrates one way that the study of geography can be applied to planning for the future. Students research an environmental issue that affects their town or region, draw pictures assuming two possible outcomes for the problem in fifty years (one negative and one positive), and create a plan to educate the community about this issue.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Looking at Landmarks: Using a Picture Book to Guide Research     
Description: This lesson uses Ben's Dream by Chris Van Allsburg to highlight ten major landmarks of the world. Students research the landmarks and present their findings to the class.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Science - Natural History - Science - Paleontology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: A Dinosaur's Neighborhood     
Description: In this Xpeditions student activity, students learn about the preferred habitat of Tyrannosaurus rex. They are then asked to choose the most appropriate habitat from three presented.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Science - Meteorology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Creative Climates     
Description: In this Xpeditions student activity, students pretend they are head of a new National Geographic Climate Observation Post, where they must create a climate map to illustrate the world's various climate zones. Students explore the world's diverse climate zones and find out how climate affects human life.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Taking a World Tour with Kids InfoBits
Overview:
In this podcast, students research a country of their choosing (however, the teacher may make assignments if deemed appropriate). They will use a sheet designed to record information on the country they research. They will find information about the country's flag, seal, natural resources, population, etc. At the end of the project students will create a poster about the country they have researched. They will also use the "my bookbag" feature to save their search results.


Web Resources


Informational Materials


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Landforms and Bodies of Water
http://www.enchanted...
Illustrated glossary of landforms and bodies of water.

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Let's Explore Our World
http://www.mapsofwor...
This is an interactive map of the world.

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Earth's Biomes
http://www.cotf.edu/...
This website provides informational material on the most common biomes on Earth.

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Online Passport
http://kids.national...
National Geographic provides information about different places in different countries.

Interactives/Games


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USA map with rivers, lakes, mountains to label
http://www.yourchild...
Displays US map with various features that students can manipulate & print. Teacher can add on oceans to complete the standard.

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Online Passport
http://kids.national...
National Geographic provides information about different places in different countries.

Learning Activities


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USA map with rivers, lakes, mountains to label
http://www.yourchild...
Displays US map with various features that students can manipulate & print. Teacher can add on oceans to complete the standard.

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Let's Explore Our World
http://www.mapsofwor...
This is an interactive map of the world.

Teacher Tools


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Let's Explore Our World
http://www.mapsofwor...
This is an interactive map of the world.

Thinkfinity Learning Activities


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Subject: Science - Natural History - Science - Paleontology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: A Dinosaur's Neighborhood     
Description: In this Xpeditions student activity, students learn about the preferred habitat of Tyrannosaurus rex. They are then asked to choose the most appropriate habitat from three presented.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Science - Meteorology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Creative Climates     
Description: In this Xpeditions student activity, students pretend they are head of a new National Geographic Climate Observation Post, where they must create a climate map to illustrate the world's various climate zones. Students explore the world's diverse climate zones and find out how climate affects human life.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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