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Subject: Social Studies (7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: You Are A Walking Geography Billboard
Description: Students will investigate personal items to discover the item's origin.  These results will be displayed for the class to see via a digital poster/chart.


Subject: English Language Arts (7), or Social Studies (7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: World Traveler
Description: Seventh grade social studies students will create a passport and detailed daily travel journal. The project will incorporate a minimum of two types of technology as they create a narrative vividly describing a city/country. Specific details of the geography, people, their culture, government and particular points of interest will be included. Pictures will be downloaded and used to illustrate the location and or adventure.


Subject: Social Studies (7)
Title: Where in the world am I?
Description: A collaborative distance learning project on world geography.Two classrooms will interact while solving clues about "mystery" counties.


Subject: Social Studies (7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Exploring Asia
Description: Students (in groups of 2 or 3) will gather information on an assigned Asian country. After organizing the required information, students will develop a PowerPoint presentation to be presented to the class.


Subject: Social Studies (7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Exploring the Culture of Europe
Description: In this technology-based lesson, students will create a slideshow presentation or a travel brochure to highlight attractions in a chosen country and the historical significance of each attraction. Students will present their created products to the class at the end of a European culture study.


Subject: Social Studies (7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: The Study Of Human Geography
Description: Geographers are social scientists who are interested in human activities as well as the physical environment. Human geography includes a wide range of topics, such as the study of languages, religions, customs, economics, and political systems. A special focus of human geography is demography. This social science is the study of populations, including such topics as birth, marriage, migration, and death.


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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Xpedition Hall      Add Bookmark
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



Subject: Science - Ecology - Social Studies - Geography - Social Studies - United States History - Social Studies - World History
Title: The Evolution of Cultural Landscape      Add Bookmark
Description: This Xpeditions lesson focuses on sequential occupancy of a single habitat. Students learn to appreciate how cultural change causes people's perceptions of places and regions to change.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Arts - Photography - Social Studies - Anthropology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: What Does a Picture Tell You About Culture?      Add Bookmark
Description: This Xpeditions lesson uses photographs to create an understanding of cultural landscapes. Students analyze photographs from around the world and make hypotheses about the similarities and differences of cultures based on the photographs they look at.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8



Subject: Language Arts - Writing (composition) - Social Studies - Anthropology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Culture Shock      Add Bookmark
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



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: Arts - Architecture - Science - Engineering - Social Studies - Geography - Social Studies - World History
Title: Wonderworld      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Xpeditions student activity, students design a theme park devoted to great feats of architecture and engineering. Famous monuments they study in preparation for designing their parks include Stonehenge, the Panama Canal, the Pyramids of Giza, and more.
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: Lizzie's Morning      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Xpeditions student activity, students follow a young American from bed to breakfast to bus and see how many cultures have touched her world. They then investigate how cultural diffusion has influenced their own lives.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies - Economics - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Where Do Your Possessions Come From?      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students learn about the activities involved in producing their own belongings and gain an understanding of and appreciation for the Earth's natural resources. In the process, they may become more conscious consumers.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Social Studies - Current Events/Issues - Social Studies - Geography - Social Studies - World History
Title: Raise the Flag for the European Union      Add Bookmark
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



Subject: Social Studies - Geography - Social Studies - United States History - Social Studies - World History
Title: Cultural Symbols and the Characteristics of Place      Add Bookmark
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



Subject: Social Studies - Geography - Social Studies - United States History - Social Studies - World History
Title: Culture in the Cupboard      Add Bookmark
Description: This Xpeditions lesson helps students identify some of the cultures new to their part of the world and to understand more about cultural diffusion. They analyze items found in each other's cupboards and closets to determine what the items reveal about the residents cultural heritage.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Social Studies - Economics - Social Studies - Geography - Social Studies - United States History
Title: The Shape of Things to Come      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students explore the shapes of countries around the world. Encouraging students to attend to the shapes of countries helps them to interpret the elements of conflict and cooperation in historical and current events, to increase the sophistication of their mental maps, and to weigh the significance of a country's relative location.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Social Studies - Geography
Title: What Makes a Group?      Add Bookmark
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



Subject: Mathematics - Statistics - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Population Pasta      Add Bookmark
Description: In this student activity, from Xpeditions, students investigate population statistics. Using different types of pasta to represent different numbers of people, students experiment with using graphs, maps, and more to illustrate the population densities of various countries.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies - Economics - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Products Across Borders      Add Bookmark
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



Subject: Social Studies - Anthropology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: International Food Court      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students learn about the characteristics of the world's regions by investigating the types of food that are common in those regions. They also conduct research to find out about the climate, landscape, and cultures of a few countries. They compile their findings into a plan for an international food court in a local mall.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Science
Title: Cities Are Urban Ecosystems      Add Bookmark
Description: This Science NetLinks lesson, the first of a five-part unit titled '' Urban Ecosystems: Continuity and Change,'' introduces some of the principles of ecology. Students are introduced to the study of ecosystems and models that are used by urban ecologists. The class is then invited to visit Web sites to see where the cities are on the planet, and they have a chance to try some hands-on urban nature education activities.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Science
Title: In Defense of Cities      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Science NetLinks lesson, the last of a sequence of five lessons, students learn about the concept of an ecological footprint and brainstorm the qualities and characteristics of what they might consider an excellent, livable community. The class then creates an oversized wall map of their local environment, decorated with a border of colorful footprints.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Science - Earth science - Science - Geology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Drought, Famine, and Geographic Diversity      Add Bookmark
Description: This lesson, from Xpeditions, teaches students about Ethiopia's different geographic regions to combat the misconception that the country has only drought, famine, and war. As students listen to news stories, they recognize that the media portrayals of Ethiopia are not always complete and that Ethiopia is, in fact, a geographically diverse country, home to forests, grasslands, and the Blue Nile.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Foreign Languages - Cultural Awareness - Social Studies - Anthropology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Comparing Cultures      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students use the Internet to find out about the cultures and customs of Nepal, Japan, or the Mentawai tribe of Indonesia. They compare three customs from one of these cultures to customs in the United States. Students conclude by writing paragraphs imagining that they have visited with the people of one of these cultures.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Social Studies - Anthropology - Social Studies - Geography - Social Studies - Human Behavior
Title: Weeping Camel: How Do Rituals Compare?      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students identify characteristics of traditional and modern rituals found in different cultures. Through reading articles and watching videos of several rituals, students identify some of their characteristics. Finally, students apply their understanding to modern rituals in their own lives. This lesson uses an interactive Venn diagram.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Arts - Photography - Social Studies - Geography - Social Studies - Human Behavior
Title: Extreme Photography: Life Through the Lens of Jimmy Chin      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students explore how culture and experience influence people's perceptions of places and regions. They explore the photography of National Geographic Emerging Explorer Jimmy Chin and brainstorm ways people in various occupations interact with the cultures they visit.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Social Studies - Geography - Social Studies - World History
Title: What is Asia?      Add Bookmark
Description: This Xpeditions lesson introduces students to diversity in Asia. After considering what is meant by the term '' '' Asia,'' '' students identify the various regions in Asia and consider factors for determining what is considered a '' '' region.'' '' At the conclusion, students answer the question: '' '' What is Asia?'' ''
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Social Studies - Geography
Title: Investigating Central Asia Through Maps      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students use physical, political, and thematic maps to investigate the geography of Central Asia through a scavenger hunt. Students explore ways in which the region of Central Asia is defined and create their own map-based scavenger hunt for other students to solve.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Social Studies - Anthropology - Social Studies - Geography - Social Studies - World History
Title: Mission Geography: Europe      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students research and learn about the culture, physical geography, and history of selected countries in Europe. Acting as '' '' tour operators,'' '' small groups of students create an imaginary tour group itinerary that highlights interesting and important destinations as well as characteristics of their selected countries.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Social Studies - Geography - Social Studies - World History
Title: Assessing Political Boundaries      Add Bookmark
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



Subject: Social Studies - Anthropology - Social Studies - Geography - Social Studies - Urban Studies
Title: Cities in Asia      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students identify the characteristics of cities and analyze the influence of geography on patterns of urban settlement. They explore the role geography plays in the types of cities that develop. Students create a list of different types of cities and then compare and analyze different Asian cities.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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