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Subject: Social Studies - Geography
Title: Oil and Water in the Middle East Region     
Description: In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students explore the roles of oil and water in the Middle East, especially in Iraq. Students use maps to look at the distribution of oil in the Middle East and discuss what it means for the different countries in the region. They also examine how water has influenced the region historically (in the fertile crescent region between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers) and politically (for example, how Iraq's access to water is limited to one small part of its border). Finally, they study specific aspects of Iraq's struggles with water, using satellite imagery to understand and illustrate the problem.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Social Studies - Geography - Social Studies - World History
Title: Assessing Political Boundaries     
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students are introduced to the changing nature of political boundaries in Asia. Students assess the role geography plays in establishing national boundaries, examine a series of historical maps that show changing political boundaries, and speculate on the reasons some boundaries have changed dramatically while some have remained fairly constant. Students then examine several examples of boundaries. They may also be asked to pick a nation and summarize the various states or empires that were part of that nation's past.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Social Studies - Geography
Title: What Makes a Group?     
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students use the Afghanistan, Land in Crisis map (available in print or online), and review the different groups in. A Patchwork of Ethnic Minorities, one of the inset maps. They examine different ways that people can be organized into groups and divide into groups to investigate similarities and differences among group members.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Social Studies - Current Events/Issues - Social Studies - Geography
Title: The Pros and Cons of Transnational Alliances     
Description: This Xpeditions lesson asks students to consider the potential impacts of transnational organizations such as the United Nations and the European Union. Students consider the benefits of these organizations in existing nations and for a fictitious nation that is trying to decide whether to join an alliance of countries on its continent.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Social Studies - Geography - Social Studies - United States History - Social Studies - World History
Title: Cultural Symbols and the Characteristics of Place     
Description: This Xpeditions lesson explores how the cultures of ancient and modern people are reflected in their cultural symbols. Students compile a series of photographs that show buildings, structures, or statues that represent a city, place, or region.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Language Arts - Writing (composition) - Social Studies - Anthropology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Culture Shock     
Description: This Xpeditions lesson asks students to think about how cultural customs differ throughout the world. Students research a foreign culture's customs and write stories pretending they are on vacation with a friend from the country they have researched. They pretend to travel to a new country that neither person is familiar with, and describe each person's reactions to the new culture. They consider how these reactions differ based on each person's own cultural customs and habits.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Social Studies - Economics - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Products Across Borders     
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students identify foreign products available in the United States and learn about U.S. companies that sell products abroad. They discuss globalization and illustrate two maps to show where products come from and where they're sold.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Social Studies - Current Events/Issues - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Fast Food Around the World     
Description: In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students use the Internet or the library to research the cultures of four other countries. Research results are then compiled into a plan for a fast-food restaurant in each of the countries, tailoring the restaurant to the cultural tastes of people in those countries.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Social Studies - Current Events/Issues - Social Studies - Geography - Social Studies - World History
Title: Raise the Flag for the European Union     
Description: In this Xpeditions student activity, students research the countries of the European Union (EU) and use this knowledge--along with their creativity--to create a flag for the EU. This activity asks students to consider the physical and cultural characteristics of member countries, existing maps, and other background information in order to come up with an appropriate combination of symbols to represent the EU member 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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The Holocaust
Overview:
In this podcast, you can see an overview of the Holocaust. It includes information such as when it began, who was in charge of it, and more. All of the images were created by me. The background music was created by me as well. I recorded all of the narration myself. It includes useful information about the Holocaust and can be a help to students working on report papers or other school related works. 


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WW ll
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This podcast gives an overview of events and leaders during World War II using pictures and video from the National archive and archive.org. It includes the speech that President Roosevelt gave the day after Pearl Harbor.


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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 - Current Events/Issues - Social Studies - Geography - Social Studies - World History
Title: Raise the Flag for the European Union     
Description: In this Xpeditions student activity, students research the countries of the European Union (EU) and use this knowledge--along with their creativity--to create a flag for the EU. This activity asks students to consider the physical and cultural characteristics of member countries, existing maps, and other background information in order to come up with an appropriate combination of symbols to represent the EU member 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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