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Lesson Plans (21) A detailed description of the instruction for teaching one or more concepts or skills. Informational Materials (1) Textual information containing useful facts or information. Interactives/Games (3) 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.


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Subject: Social Studies (7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: You Are A Walking Geography Billboard
Description: Students will investigate personal items to discover the item's origin.  These results will be displayed for the class to see via a digital poster/chart.


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Subject: Social Studies (7)
Title: Where in the world am I?
Description: A collaborative distance learning project on world geography.Two classrooms will interact while solving clues about "mystery" counties.


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Subject: English Language Arts (7), or Social Studies (6 - 7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Personal Heritage Project
Description: This research project requires students to connect with the past by researching both primary and secondary sources for family history. Their findings are presented in a keepsake portfolio and in a multimedia presentation comparing the historical time period of an ancestor to their own.


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Subject: Social Studies (7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Our World is Like a Rainbow
Description: Americans continue to adapt to different ethnic and cultural groups who move into their communities. It is vital that children become aware of and appreciate cultural diversities in people. People move to different areas for reasons such as religion, climate, employment, economics, and for a better way of life.


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Subject: Science - Astronomy - Social Studies - Geography
Title: The Riddle of the Russian Lights     
Description: In this Xpeditions student activity, students use maps to help an astronaut figure out why a string of lights zigzags across southern Russia. They examine maps depicting population density, average annual temperature, transportation density, and railroad networks to come up with the answer.
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: Arts - Architecture - Science - Engineering - Social Studies - Geography - Social Studies - World History
Title: Wonderworld     
Description: In this Xpeditions student activity, students design a theme park devoted to great feats of architecture and engineering. Famous monuments they study in preparation for designing their parks include Stonehenge, the Panama Canal, the Pyramids of Giza, and more.
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 - Biological and Life Sciences - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Regional Guidebook     
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students are asked to consider the unique physical and human characteristics of their home region and to create guidebooks that describe these features to visitors to the region. In the process, they gain an awareness of the human and environmental factors that make places unique.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Social Studies - Geography
Title: Explore the Spatial Patterns of Your Hometown     
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students analyze the distribution of businesses and residences within their own communities in order to develop a more sophisticated understanding of already familiar places. The ability to recognize and describe patterns within the distribution of physical and human features on Earth is essential to developing a geographic perspective.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Social Studies - Geography
Title: Population Pyramids and Us     
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students learn how a geographer uses a population pyramid to interpret the dynamics of a population. They become able to describe population structures using population pyramids.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Science - Botany - Science - Earth science - Science - Ecology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Using Venn Diagrams to Compare Two Ecosystems     
Description: This Xpeditions lesson helps students identify and describe differences between two related ecosystems. Many students believe that the Earth's only rain forests are found in the tropics. On the contrary, temperate rain forests can be found along the coast of North America's Pacific Northwest. These stands are as endangered as and much smaller than their tropical cousins. By acquiring geographic information from a number of sources, and by using that information to complete a Venn diagram, students come to understand the distribution of temperate and tropical rain forests and the unique characteristics of both.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Mathematics - Statistics - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Interpreting Population Statistics     
Description: In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students are introduced to population statistics such as birth, death, and literacy rates. They compare these indicators for several countries, graph the results, and hypothesize about what their graphs indicate about the countries.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Mathematics - Statistics - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Population Pasta     
Description: In this student activity, from Xpeditions, students investigate population statistics. Using different types of pasta to represent different numbers of people, students experiment with using graphs, maps, and more to illustrate the population densities of various countries.
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
Title: In Defense of Cities     
Description: In this Science NetLinks lesson, the last of a sequence of five lessons, students learn about the concept of an ecological footprint and brainstorm the qualities and characteristics of what they might consider an excellent, livable community. The class then creates an oversized wall map of their local environment, decorated with a border of colorful footprints.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Science - Earth science - Science - Oceanography - Social Studies - Anthropology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Sleuthing for a Lost Ship     
Description: In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students consider the ways in which geography is not merely an academic discipline, but also a field of study with interesting and practical applications. They use geographical concepts to plan a fictitious investigation with scientist Robert Ballard to search for a long-lost ship.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Science - Earth science - Science - Geology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Drought, Famine, and Geographic Diversity     
Description: This lesson, from Xpeditions, teaches students about Ethiopia's different geographic regions to combat the misconception that the country has only drought, famine, and war. As students listen to news stories, they recognize that the media portrayals of Ethiopia are not always complete and that Ethiopia is, in fact, a geographically diverse country, home to forests, grasslands, and the Blue Nile.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Mathematics - Applied Mathematics - Science - Earth science - Science - Meteorology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Desert Graphics     
Description: In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students learn about how climates differ, and how meteorologists collect different kinds of weather data, including daily high and low temperatures and average monthly rainfall, from all over the world. Students use similar weather data to create a graph comparing three climates.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Science - Meteorology - Science - Oceanography - Social Studies - Geography
Title: The Ocean and Weather: El Nino and La Nina     
Description: In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students explore the weather phenomena El Nino and La Nina. They learn about when and where these weather changes occur and about the effects they have on everything in their wake.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Mathematics,Social Studies
Title: Five's a Crowd     
Description: In this lesson, from Illuminations, students play a game in which they try to list five countries or states in order from most crowded to least crowded. Using area and population data from a Web site, they estimate quotients to make their list. They determine whose list is closest to the actual order by applying a mathematical model (scoring system), which they later evaluate.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Health - Disease - Mathematics - Applied Mathematics - Science - Biology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Africa's Struggle With AIDS     
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students come to understand the enormity of the impact of AIDS on the population of Africa by comparing its effect there with its effect on the population of the world in general, and especially on that of the United States. After locating Africa on a world map, and individual sub-Saharan nations on a map of Africa, students examine charts and graphs to find and compare data about AIDS in Africa, the world, and the United States.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Science - Biological and Life Sciences - Social Studies - Geography
Title: GIS: Helping to Save the African Wild     
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students learn about a geographic tool known as GIS, and about how it is assisting the conservation efforts of ecologically-minded individuals such as Dr. Michael Fay and the environmentalists at the Wildlife Conservation Society. They examine how human influence threatens the landscape of Africa and generate ideas about what can be done to plan and prepare for the future.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Social Studies - Anthropology - Social Studies - Geography - Social Studies - Urban Studies
Title: Cities in Asia     
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students identify the characteristics of cities and analyze the influence of geography on patterns of urban settlement. They explore the role geography plays in the types of cities that develop. Students create a list of different types of cities and then compare and analyze different Asian cities.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Web Resources


Informational Materials


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Know the USA
http://www.ipl.org/d...
Interactive map with information about each state.

Interactives/Games


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Know the USA
http://www.ipl.org/d...
Interactive map with information about each state.

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Know the USA
http://www.ipl.org/d...
Interactive map with information about each state.

Thinkfinity Interactive Games


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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Xpedition Hall     
Description: Built around the National Geography Standards, Xpedition Hall is a virtual museum that is filled with interactive exhibits designed to provoke reflection on how human beings shape and are shaped by the world in which we live. The Hall contains one exhibit for each of standard, and groups these exhibits into six galleries, which correspond to the standards six underlying '' elements.'' Students use can use an image or map of the Hall to navigate through the exhibits.
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: Social Studies
Title: Geographic Culture Clues     
Description: In this student interactive, from Xpeditions, students explore satellite images of three different cities and take notes on what the landscapes reveal about the culture and geography of the region.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Thinkfinity Learning Activities


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Subject: Science - Astronomy - Social Studies - Geography
Title: The Riddle of the Russian Lights     
Description: In this Xpeditions student activity, students use maps to help an astronaut figure out why a string of lights zigzags across southern Russia. They examine maps depicting population density, average annual temperature, transportation density, and railroad networks to come up with the answer.
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: Arts - Architecture - Science - Engineering - Social Studies - Geography - Social Studies - World History
Title: Wonderworld     
Description: In this Xpeditions student activity, students design a theme park devoted to great feats of architecture and engineering. Famous monuments they study in preparation for designing their parks include Stonehenge, the Panama Canal, the Pyramids of Giza, and more.
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: Mathematics - Statistics - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Population Pasta     
Description: In this student activity, from Xpeditions, students investigate population statistics. Using different types of pasta to represent different numbers of people, students experiment with using graphs, maps, and more to illustrate the population densities of various countries.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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