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Subject: Social Studies (3)
Title: Where on Earth Am I?
Description: Geocaching, a high tech treasure hunt, is a fun and educational way to teach latitude and longitude.   Students will learn about those imaginary lines and find their place on our planet. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


Subject: Physical Education (2 - 3), or Social Studies (K - 2)
Title: Capture the Flag
Description: Try this twist on a schoolyard favorite.  Teams are given incomplete maps and need to read the map in order to find the pieces of the map covering enemy territory.  Only then can they seek out their opponents flag to win.


Subject: Arts Education (3), or Social Studies (3 - 5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Topography of Fruit
Description: This is an attempt to help students understand contour lines in map-making through the vector of digital photography.  This hands-on activity will create an art piece out of fruit that will be analyzed to create topographic maps.


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Title: Sailing the World on the USS Alabama
Description: This inquiry based lesson gives students the opportunity to acquire and practice map skills while applying the knowledge to real life experience based on the USS Alabama Battleship.


Subject: Social Studies (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: The Equator and the Poles
Description: This lesson provides hands-on activities that will teach students about the poles and the equator. Students will be labeling a globe, recreating a globe within the classroom, and researching information on the Internet.


Subject: Science (3 - 4), or Social Studies (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Antarctic Adventures!
Description: This month-long ongoing lesson will give the students opportunities to learn more about Antarctica. They will investigate and research specific information and use it to create a notebook and an information table.


Subject: Science (3), or Social Studies (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: The Sun and the Earth
Description: The students will understand the relationship between the Earth and the sun and how this relationship affects observable phenomena on Earth, such as the seasons. The activity will help students learn about these concepts and will reinforce their understanding by having them diagram the position of the Earth in relation to the the sun during different seasons.


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Subject: Science - Astronomy - Social Studies - Geography
Title: The Riddle of the Russian Lights      Add Bookmark
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



Subject: Social Studies - Geography
Title: Get Oriented      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Xpeditions student activity, students explore the cardinal directions--north, south, east, and west. They then test their knowledge using the interactive '' '' Orientometer.'' ''
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies - Geography
Title: Crack the Code      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Xpeditions student activity, students use a map to plot geographic coordinates given on a list. The goal is to use the first letter of each city plotted to spell the name of another city.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Mathematics - Applied Mathematics - Social Studies - Comparative Political Systems - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Charting Countries of the World      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students collect information about countries then enter that information on a chart that they use to compare the sizes, populations, and political characteristics of the different countries. Using this information, students are able to ask and answer geographic questions as they relate to the division and control of Earth's surface.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Science - Earth science - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Your Special Town      Add Bookmark
Description: This Xpeditions lesson asks students to consider the unique and special features of their hometown and to create a presentation or performance that could be used to welcome visitors to the town. In the process, students gain an awareness of the human and environmental factors that make places unique.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Science - Ecology - Social Studies - Current Events/Issues - Social Studies - Economics - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Your Town in the Past, Present, and Future      Add Bookmark
Description: This Xpeditions lesson illustrates one way that the study of geography can be applied to planning for the future. Students research an environmental issue that affects their town or region, draw pictures assuming two possible outcomes for the problem in fifty years (one negative and one positive), and create a plan to educate the community about this issue.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Mathematics - Applied Mathematics - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Geography of Pizza      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students analyze Earth's surface according to the spatial elements of points, lines, and areas, and use a simple map to identify features in terms of spatial elements. This lesson uses a pizza restaurant to introduce these components to students, e.g., the location of a restaurant (point), roads and sidewalks (lines), and the city blocks or the region served by a restaurant (area).
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Social Studies - Geography
Title: Planning a Road Trip      Add Bookmark
Description: This Xpeditions lesson reviews latitude and longitude and asks students to find the latitude and longitude for several United States cities. The students create '' '' road trip quizzes'' '' to test their classmates' ability to figure out locations based on their latitude and longitude.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Social Studies - Geography
Title: Which Direction Should I Go?      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students review and practice their knowledge of compass directions. They do several brief exercises to practice using directions in their community and on maps, and they conclude by creating a treasure hunt for other students to take.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Science - Earth science - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Comparing the Continents      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students examine a map and globe to compare the physical features of Earth's continents. They play the GeoSpy continents game and manipulate an online map to compare the continents climates. Students conclude by writing paragraphs comparing and contrasting two continents.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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