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Mr. Strickland and the Gridded Earth
Overview:
Latitude and longitude are important tools to reading a map.  By allowing us to grid the surface of the Earth, they make locating areas, countries, and regions easier.  They also help to explain the hours of the day, and the climate experienced in different parts of the globe.  This podcast uses humor and easy to understand explanations to describe both latitude and longitude, and their usefulness in mapping the globe.  


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Mr. Strickland and the Purpose of the Map
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With the first lesson, we learned of the Five Parts of a Map.  Now, in the second episode we will discuss map purposes.  We discuss the different types of maps: physical, political,and thematic.  We define their associated characteristics, and give examples of each.  We continue to use humor, metaphor, and cross curriculum skills to teach map reading.


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Readers of the Map Legend
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The teacher and students worked together to create a podcast on map reading skills.  The five basic parts of a map are addressed and explained.  Podcast uses humor and comparison to make the parts of a map more accessible and easy to understand.  Podcast also uses music and sound effects.  This podcast will likely be the first in a series of podcasts devoted to the geography portion of seventh grade Social Studies in Alabama.  


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Using Maps and Globes
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The podcast explains the differences in maps and globes.  It illustrates how maps and globes are used to find different locations all over the world.  It explains how a map scale is used to calculate the real distance between two areas located on a map.  It describes how the equator and prime meridian divide the earth’s hemispheres. It defines the use of a compass rose. It includes a map of the United States and the state of Alabama, demonstrating the difference between large and small map scales.


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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Freedom Riders     
Description: Join the courageous band of students and civil rights activists called Freedom Riders in 1961 as they challenged segregation in the American South. An NEH-funded website from American Experience with video clips of the participants, interactive time lines, and interactive maps. A series of lesson plans are included.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 7,8,9,10,11



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Geospatial Revolution: Mapping Power     
Description: Kibera, a poor community, in Nairobi, was a blank spot on the map until recently. This video from Penn State Public Broadcasting Geospatial Revolution shows how geospatial technology enabled residents to map resources to help their community.
Thinkfinity Partner: Teachers's Domain
Grade Span: 7,8,9,10,11,12



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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: James McLurkin explores robot communities     
Description: In this podcast from the Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention & Innovation at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, a young MIT researcher, James McLurkin, explains how his robots work like a group of ants.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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