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Lesson Plans (5) 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 (2) Textual information containing useful facts or information.
Interactives/Games (1) A learning object that requires a user's involvement. Learning Activities (3) 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 (2) 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: Social Studies - Geography - Social Studies - World History
Title: Through the Eyes of a Refugee     
Description: This Xpeditions lesson asks students to analyze National Geographic's Afghanistan: Land in Crisis map (available in print and online) to determine how the physical geography of this region affects the lifestyles of the individuals who live there. Students are asked to consider how, particularly in a time of conflict, topography influences the locations of refugee camps and the paths refugees might take to leave the area.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Science - Biological and Life Sciences - Social Studies - Economics - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Sustainable Development and Africa's Wildlife Reserves     
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students explore the role of sustainable development as a form of economic development. Using wildlife reserves in Africa as a case study, students learn about the key challenges in creating and sustaining the reserves, including how globalization affects the process.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Life on the Great Plains     
Description: In this four-part EDSITEment lesson, students examine the concept of geographic region by exploring the history of the Great Plains. They explore the concept of region and learn how culture and experience influence the perception of regions, investigate the relationships between physical geography and human systems of culture and settlement, trace the history and character of a region as reflected in literature and art, and examine factors that influenced westward expansion in the United States.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Science - Earth science - Social Studies - Geography - Social Studies - Human Behavior
Title: Planning for a City's Future     
Description: This Xpeditions lesson asks students to consider how knowledge of geography and history can help prepare for the future. Students research the geography and history of a city and write reports explaining how the city's leaders can use this information to plan for the future.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



ALEX Podcasts


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Mount Fuji: Exploring New Frontiers
Overview:
This podcast describes the historical and artistic impact of Mount Fuji.  It also describes the geographical structure of the mountain.  It is meant to serve as an example podcast for teachers and students who are working on projects that focus on places. 


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Lesson Plans


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Blow Your Top
http://www.thescienc...
This is a unit plan to teach about volcanoes.

Informational Materials


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Blow Your Top
http://www.thescienc...
This is a unit plan to teach about volcanoes.

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Let's Explore Our World
http://www.mapsofwor...
This is an interactive map of the world. Additional maps are available through links at the bottom of the page. These include specialty maps and thematic maps.

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Animated Maps
http://www.animaps.c...
Animaps extends the My Maps feature of Google Maps by letting you create maps with markers that move, images and text that pop up on cue, and lines and shapes that change over time.

Learning Activities


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Blow Your Top
http://www.thescienc...
This is a unit plan to teach about volcanoes.

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My Topo Maps
https://itunes.apple...
With this FREE app, explore like never before. MyTopo Maps is a mapping and trip planning app to organize all your outdoor and back-road adventures. View more than 68,000 topo maps in US and Canada. Also, check out aerial, terrain, and street maps.

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Let's Explore Our World
http://www.mapsofwor...
This is an interactive map of the world. Additional maps are available through links at the bottom of the page. These include specialty maps and thematic maps.

Teacher Tools


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Blow Your Top
http://www.thescienc...
This is a unit plan to teach about volcanoes.

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Let's Explore Our World
http://www.mapsofwor...
This is an interactive map of the world. Additional maps are available through links at the bottom of the page. These include specialty maps and thematic maps.

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