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Subject: Science - Earth science - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Natural Hazards: Same Forces, Different Impacts     
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students consider the threats that natural disasters (specifically tornadoes, volcanoes, and earthquakes) pose for humans, then compare and contrast two disasters. Students also analyze data about the magnitude and impacts of natural disaster events; and assess the value of scientific research into the causes and impacts of natural events.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Science - Earth science - Science - Physical Sciences - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Natural Hazard Risks in the United States     
Description: In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students examine specific locations of high risk for various natural hazards, assess why these hazards exist where they do, and investigate what towns and cities are doing to prepare for a natural disaster. In the process, students will practice their research and map-analysis skills.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Science - Earth science - Science - Engineering - Science - Geology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: What Happened to Whom?     
Description: This Xpeditions lesson asks students to consider the natural disasters that might occur near their homes and to determine where it would be best to build a house in order to avoid damage from a natural disaster or storm. They do the Xpeditions activity titled '' '' Stormy Stories,'' '' research natural disasters and storms, and write reports pretending their families have sought their advice on the safest places to build a new home.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Arts,Foreign Languages,Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: EDSITEment Websites     
Description: This page from EDSITEment provides links to top humanities sites on the Web. All sites linked to EDSITEment have been reviewed for content, design, and likely impact in the classroom. They cover a wide range of humanities subjects, from American history to literature, world history and culture, language, art, and archaeology, and have been judged by humanities specialists to be of high intellectual quality. EDSITEment is the product of a partnership forged among the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Council of the Great City Schools, WorldCom Foundation and the National Trust for the Humanities and is a member of the MarcoPolo consortium.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Summer Travel--Education on the Road     
Description: This page from EDSITEment features resources relating to summer vacations and presents information about how students can explore the geography and culture of their travel destinations. Learn more about how students can learn from their travel experiences by visiting the EDSITEment lesson plans and EDSITEment-reviewed Web sites referenced on this page.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Science - Earth science - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Stormy Stories     
Description: In this Xpeditions student activity, students use their geography savvy to sort out the stories of four kids caught in natural disasters. In the process, they learn about the effects of droughts, earthquakes, floods, tornadoes, volcanoes, and hurricanes.
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, Social Studies
Title: Africa     
Description: Discover the real story of the Lion King and the rich tapestry of sounds from North African cultures.
Thinkfinity Partner: ArtsEdge
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Arts, Social Studies
Title: Asia     
Description: Fish painting, lion dances, larger-than-life calligraphy and a tornado of fire... experience the vibrant diversity of the arts across Asia.
Thinkfinity Partner: ArtsEdge
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies - Geography
Title: Be an Explorer Every Day!     
Description: In this Xpeditions student activity, students make exploration tool-kits with gear to help them explore their local environments. They also develop and participate in exploration activities for all seasons of the year.
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: May - 2009 - Asian-Pacific Heritage Month     
Description: Celebrate Asian Pacific Heritage month with a host of original EDSITEment lesson plans and reviewed Internet resources.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



ALEX Podcasts


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Tornadoes of 2011: Birmingham Edition
Overview:
The students and community of Birmingham, Alabama and in particular Wilkerson Middle School were affected by the vicious storms that raged through Alabama at the end of April.  The students of Wilkerson Middle School needed an outlet for their feelings of fear, anger, sadness, and confusion.  This podcast provided them with not only that outlet, but also an opportunity to express themselves in regards to their safety, and the survival of their community.  As the comments are sometimes off the cuff and completely child created, there is no transcript, only the mention of the student's names.


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Subject: Social Studies, Health & PE
Title: Teen Maps Contaminants from a Coal Plant     
Description: In this video adapted from Earth Island Institute, meet a high school student who educated her community about how a coal-burning power plant was contributing to asthma and other health problems there.
Thinkfinity Partner: Teachers's Domain
Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Podcast: Ashok Gadgil's thirst to save lives (Part 1)     
Description: In this podcast from the Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention & Innovation at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, students learn how Ashok Gadgil's invention can save thousands of lives by purifying water quickly and cheaply.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies,Geography
Title: Libro de Texto de SEXTO DE PRIMARIA - Geografia      
Description: From the Secretaria de Educacion Publica (Mexico), a searchable and downloadable online textbook on geography, including cultural geography such as human migration and world economy, as well as research assignments. Intermediate students.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 6,7,8,9



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Subject: Arts,Social Studies
Title: The Life and Music of Celia Cruz: A Bibliography     
Description: Bibliographic material relating to the online exhibition: ¡Azcar! The Life and Music of Celia Cruz. Included are books related to the music and culture of Cuba, Salsa, Celia Cruz, Tito Puente, Latin and Caribbean Music. Also included are links to the lesson plans that are a part of the online exhibition.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: °Azucar! The Life and Music of Celia Cruz Homepage     
Description: Explore the life of Celia Cruz, a world-renowned Latina musician, in this online exhibition. An enormous talent who had an impeccable sense of rhythm and an inimitable style, Celia Cruz became an influential and legendary musical figure both in her native country of Cuba, and the United States, her adopted country. Students will connect her life to a variety of subjects including immigration, history, geography, music theory, music history, and art. A non-flash version of the site is available at http://americanhistory.si.edu/celiacruz/printable/" http://americanhistory.si.edu/celiacruz/printable/ .
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: En Espanol: Acerca de la Coleccion de Teodoro Vidal     
Description: En esta coleccin por el Internet, los estudiantes pueden investigar la historia de Puerto Rico por los ojos de Teodoro Vidal, un hombre quien captur la historia de la isla con todos los objetos que coleccion. La exhibicin por el Internet provee informacin sobre el coleccionista, historia puertorriquea, la vida cotidiana en Puerto Rico histrico, las religiones puertorriqueas, Carnaval, msica, y el concepto de la Gran Familia Puertorriquea.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Foreign Languages,Social Studies
Title: En Espanol: La Coleccion de Teodoro Vidal: Cronologia Interactivo     
Description: Con este cronograma interactivo, los estudiantes pueden estudiar la historia y la cultura de Puerto Rico. Este recurso es parte del sitio titulado Una Visin de Puerto Rico: La Coleccin de Teodoro Vidal.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Foreign Languages,Social Studies
Title: The Teodoro Vidal Collection: Interactive Timeline     
Description: With this interactive timeline, students can study the history and culture of Puerto Rico. This resource is part of the website entitled A Vision of Puerto Rico: The Teodoro Vidal Collection.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Foreign Languages,Social Studies
Title: En Espanol: La Coleccion de Teodoro Vidal: Enlaces     
Description: Enlaces a los sitios relatados a Puerto Rico, historia y cultura puertorriqueo, adems la Coleccin de Teodoro Vidal. Este recurso es parte del sitio titulado Una Visin de Puerto Rico: La Coleccin de Teodoro Vidal .
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Foreign Languages,Social Studies
Title: The Teodoro Vidal Collection: Related Links     
Description: Links to Web sites relating to Puerto Rico, Puerto Rican history and culture as well as the Teodoro Vidal Collection. This resource is part of the website entitled A Vision of Puerto Rico: The Teodoro Vidal Collection.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Foreign Languages,Social Studies
Title: En Espanol: La Coleccion de Teodoro Vidal: Glosario     
Description: Este glosario reproducible incluye los trminos asociados con Puerto Rico, la historia y la cultura puertorriquea, adems la Coleccin de Teodoro Vidal. Este recurso es parte del sitio titulado Una Visin de Puerto Rico: La Coleccin de Teodoro Vidal.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Foreign Languages,Social Studies
Title: The Teodoro Vidal Collection: Glossary     
Description: This reproducible glossary includes terms associated with Puerto Rico, Puerto Rican history and culture as well as the Teodoro Vidal Collection. This resource is part of the website entitled A Vision of Puerto Rico: The Teodoro Vidal Collection.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Geography,Science,Social Studies
Title: urban heat island     
Description: An urban heat island, or UHI, is a metropolitan area that's a lot warmer than the rural areas surrounding it
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: C1,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Arts,Foreign Languages,Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: EDSITEment Websites     
Description: This page from EDSITEment provides links to top humanities sites on the Web. All sites linked to EDSITEment have been reviewed for content, design, and likely impact in the classroom. They cover a wide range of humanities subjects, from American history to literature, world history and culture, language, art, and archaeology, and have been judged by humanities specialists to be of high intellectual quality. EDSITEment is the product of a partnership forged among the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Council of the Great City Schools, WorldCom Foundation and the National Trust for the Humanities and is a member of the MarcoPolo consortium.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Geography,Mathematics,Science,Social Studies
Title: density     
Description: Density is the number of thingswhich could be people, animals, plants, or objectsin a certain area
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: C1,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Geography,Science,Social Studies,Vocational Education
Title: irrigation     
Description: To irrigate is to water crops by bringing in water from pipes, canals, sprinklers, or other man-made means, rather than relying on rainfall alone
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: C1,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Arts,Social Studies
Title: Louisiana Digital Library     
Description: Online library of over 84,000 digital materials about Louisiana's history, culture, places, and people.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: C1,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Arts,Social Studies,Geography
Title: National Museum of the American Indian     
Description: Interactive exhibits on the history, arts, and culture of the Native Americans.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: C1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Geography,Science,Social Studies,Vocational Education
Title: agriculture     
Description: Agriculture is the art and science of cultivating the soil, growing crops and raising livestock
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: C1,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary,Geography,Science,Social Studies
Title: Real-World Geography: Dr. Randall Cerveny     
Description:
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: C1,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Arts,Science,Social Studies
Title: Building Big     
Description: The Building Big Web site, sponsored by PBS, compiles information, activities, and teaching materials related to architecture and large structures. Included are discussions about famous buildings, and the physical principals and materials used in their making. This site also teaches basic physical science concepts while promoting awareness of the built environment and the impact of technology on society. This resource is referenced in the EDSITEment lesson titled '' What Should a House Do?''
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Science,Social Studies
Title: nuclear energy     
Description: Encyclopedic entry. Nuclear energy is the energy in the nucleus, or core, of an atom. Nuclear energy can be used to create electricity, but it must first be released from the atom.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: C1,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Foreign Languages,Religion,Social Studies,Geography
Title: Nuestro Chile     
Description: Writings, heroes, history from Educarchile (portal educativo chileno). The site surveys the history, literature, and cultures of Chile. Intermediate through advanced students.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: science, social studies
Title: ecology     
Description: Every organism depends on living and non-living things to survive
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: Cross-Disciplinary,Science,Social Studies
Title: Real-World Geography: Dr. Stuart Pimm     
Description: Article. A profile of conservation ecologist Dr. Stuart Pimm.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: C1,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Doodles, Drafts and Designs: Industrial Drawings from the Smithsonian     
Description: Engineers, inventors, and designers produce drawings as part of their creative process. They draw to work out and refine concepts and details. They draw to persuade. They draw to give direction. And they draw to record their ideas and to learn from others. This exhibition presents examples of industrial drawings in the collections of the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History and the Smithsonian Institution Libraries. Students will learn about American industrial creativity by looking at industrial drawings, considering their aesthetic value as well as their importance to the design process. An innovators gallery allows students to explore the achievements of a variety of American innovators-from designers and engineers to inventors and manufacturers. Students can also view all of the objects included in the exhibition or can examine a selected number of objects that have been placed in thematic categories. A resources page includes an extensive bibliography and a brief list of recommended websites.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Science, Social Studies
Title: Tectonic Plates and Plate Boundaries     
Description: This interactive activity adapted from NASA features world maps that identify different sections of the Earth's crust called tectonic plates. The locations of different types of plate boundaries are also identified, including convergent, divergent, and transform boundaries.
Thinkfinity Partner: Teachers's Domain
Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: The Teodoro Vidal Collection: Interactive Map     
Description: In this interactive map, students can explore the island and culture of Puerto Rico through historical objects and images. This resource is part of the website entitled A Vision of Puerto Rico: The Teodoro Vidal Collection.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Arts, Social Studies
Title: Sogolon Puppet Theater     
Description: Sogolon is the puppet show and theatrical company created by Yaya Coulibaly in order to perpetrate and promote the Mali puppet tradition. The group's core mission is to contribute to develop and promote the Bamanan-Somono-Bozo puppet show.
Thinkfinity Partner: ArtsEdge
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies - Geography - Social Studies - Human Relations - Social Studies - World History
Title: The Advisory Board     
Description: This Xpedition Hall interactive describes forces for cooperation and conflict among civilizations from 1916 to 1991. Click on the top left circle in Room IV to view this interactive, in which visitors witness the results of action from both cooperation and conflict, and see how these have shaped the history of Europe.
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, social studies
Title: Lakes and Rivers - Satellite Images     
Description: Satellite Image Gallery. A gallery of satellite imagery from GeoEye of notable lakes and rivers around the globe
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 - Geography
Title: Xpeditions Express     
Description: This Xpedition Hall interactive transports visitors in a virtual railroad car from which they can catch glimpses of cities from London to Istanbul. Click on the bottom right circle in Room IV to view this interactive, in which students see how the look and feel of cities and communities are shaped by different cultures.
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 - Earth science - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Living Landscapes     
Description: This Xpedition Hall interactive illustrates natural disasters including earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanic explosions, mudslides, and forest fires. Click on the middle circle in Room V to view this interactive, which demonstrates to visitors that there are risks involved no matter where they live.
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, social studies
Title: Mines - Satellite Imagery     
Description: Satellite Image Gallery.
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: Foreign Languages,Social Studies
Title: Mapa Interactivo: La Coleccion de Teodoro Vidal     
Description: In this interactive from Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, students can explore the island of Puerto Rico through historical objects and images. This information is presented in Spanish.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Religion - Christianity - Religion - Islam - Religion - Judaism - Social Studies - Geography - Social Studies - World History
Title: Culture Goggles     
Description: This Xpedition Hall interactive demonstrates how culture affects our perceptions. Click the bottom circle in Room II to view this interactive, which illustrates how the city of Jerusalem appears through the eyes of people from three faiths: Jewish, Christian, and Muslim.
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 - Earth science - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Stormy Stories     
Description: In this Xpeditions student activity, students use their geography savvy to sort out the stories of four kids caught in natural disasters. In the process, they learn about the effects of droughts, earthquakes, floods, tornadoes, volcanoes, and hurricanes.
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 - Geography
Title: Be an Explorer Every Day!     
Description: In this Xpeditions student activity, students make exploration tool-kits with gear to help them explore their local environments. They also develop and participate in exploration activities for all seasons of the year.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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