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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: Science (4), or Social Studies (7), or Technology Education (3 - 8)
Title: Let Them Eat Cake! - Topography Lesson
Description: Contour lines on topographic maps require visual processing to read and interpret. This hands-on activity helps give a tasty mental image.


Subject: Social Studies (7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: GPS Scavenger Hunt
Description: This lesson will provide 7th and 8th grade students the opportunity to utilize GPS Handheld Tracking Units in order to understand latitude and longitude. Students will work in groups of four to complete a scavenger hunt around the campus; they will be using the GPS units to guide them to the final destination. Students will answer questions about the points listed on the handout provided by the teacher.


Subject: Social Studies (7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Discover the World of GPS and Geocaching
Description: This lesson will be a creative approach to learning latitude and longitude, and will introduce the students to new technology. Seventh grade students will be given the opportunity to utilize GPS Handheld Tracking Units to understand latitude and longitude. Students will work in groups of four to complete a geocaching activity and a scavenger hunt around campus; they will be using the GPS units to guide them to the final destination. Students will answer questions about points listed on the handout provided by the teacher. We decided to offer this activity as a collaborative effort for one grade level in order to allow all the students the opportunity to participate and work together. This decision allowed us to have four teachers to work together supervising the students. (We also utilized volunteers to assist with supervising each group of students.)


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: 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.


Subject: English Language Arts (7), or Languages Other Than English (Foreign Languages) (6 - 8), or Social Studies (7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: A Guided Tour of Paris
Description: Students will play the role of a Paris tour guide. Traveling on the Paris Metro System, students will guide tourists through the city to point out the location and important facts of major historical landmarks.


Thinkfinity Lesson Plans


Subject: Mathematics - Applied Mathematics - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Latitude, Longitude, and Mapmaking      Add Bookmark
Description: This Xpeditions lesson requires students to review the concepts of latitude and longitude and to use these concepts to create maps of different countries on the computer. They conclude by discussing the reasons why it is important to understand latitude and longitude and by creating quizzes in which other students must locate mystery places and map them on the computer.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Social Studies - Economics - Social Studies - Geography - Social Studies - United States History
Title: Spatial Organization: Identification of Functional Regions      Add Bookmark
Description: This Xpeditions lesson places the student in the role of geographer--thinking geographically and using geographic skills. During this lesson, students connect data and visual representations to see how the links that sustain a region can be visually represented by maps of flow lines or overlapping '' '' cobwebs.'' ''
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Social Studies,Geography
Title: Libro de Texto de SEXTO DE PRIMARIA - Geografia       Add Bookmark
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



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Freedom Riders      Add Bookmark
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



Subject: Social Studies - Economics - Social Studies - Geography - Social Studies - United States History - Social Studies - World History
Title: ' '' Ad-ing'' '' to Geography      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students examine how clothing and other consumer products influence peer identity. They classify several economic activities and analyze their spatial patterns, as well as use advertisements for contemporary products to explore economic and geographic concepts presented in the lesson.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Mathematics - Statistics - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Interpreting Population Statistics      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students are introduced to population statistics such as birth, death, and literacy rates. They compare these indicators for several countries, graph the results, and hypothesize about what their graphs indicate about the countries.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Geospatial Revolution: Mapping Power      Add Bookmark
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



Subject: Social Studies - Geography
Title: Contour Maps with DOGSTAILS      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students craft miniature mountains from lumps of clay. They then translate their mountains into topographic maps that include vital features and information such as date, orientation, grid, scale, title, author, index, legend, and sources--or DOGSTAILS, for short. When students know what goes into creating a representational map, they are more likely to understand how to analyze the geographic information in other maps.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Geography,Social Studies
Title: Human Migration Then and Now      Add Bookmark
Description: Activity. Students use maps and census data to examine specific human migration patterns, both past and present.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Science, Social Studies
Title: Tectonic Plates and Plate Boundaries      Add Bookmark
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



Subject: Science - Biological and Life Sciences - Science - Ecology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Postcards From the Edge: Endangered Species      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students learn about endangered species in the United States, some of the reasons they are endangered (e.g. habitat destruction or the introduction of invasive species), and what is being done to protect them. Students choose one species to focus on and examine the reasons it is endangered, and why it is important to make an effort to save it.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Honduras Travel Brochure      Add Bookmark
Description: This student interactive, from an Xpeditions lesson, guides students in creating a brochure encouraging geotourism in Honduras. In the related lesson, students learn about a partnership between the government of Honduras and the National Geographic Society to highlight the concept of geotourism and its benefits.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Social Studies, Health & PE
Title: Teen Maps Contaminants from a Coal Plant      Add Bookmark
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



Subject: Social Studies
Title: History Wired      Add Bookmark
Description: This is an experimental program through which you can take a virtual tour of selected objects from the Museum's collections. The website links to 450 objects from the found on a customizable map that can be used to group objects in different ways. By voting for your favorite objects, you can change the map to reflect which objects have the most popular appeal.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: National Geographic's Inside the White House      Add Bookmark
Description: This website is a entertaining resource for students researching the history of the White House, and/or the American Presidency. The site contains an interactive map of Washington for students, as well as a section devoted entirely to younger kids. The site also has a section devoted to teachers, where teachers can access teacher-tested classroom activities, suggested readings, and more that will help students learn about the history of the White House and the presidency. Also included is an activity in which students can decorate the Oval office using objects that were favorites of former presidents!
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies - Economics - Social Studies - Geography - Social Studies - Urban Studies
Title: Planning a New Town      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students make decisions about buildings, businesses, services, and housing areas to include in the development of a new town. After discussing essential elements of a self-sustaining community, the students prepare a map and give oral presentations on different aspects of the new town.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Social Studies - Geography
Title: How Can Maps Help?      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students are asked to consider the various ways that maps help people in everyday life, and also to consider how students themselves might use maps to help in various situations. They begin by analyzing some maps on National Geographic's MapMachine and discussing ways these maps might be used. They then are given four hypothetical scenarios and search for maps to use in each one. They conclude by choosing five maps to use in planning an international festival in their town, and writing paragraphs that explain how these maps help in the planning process.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Social Studies - Geography
Title: Migration: Why People Move      Add Bookmark
Description: This lesson, from Xpeditions, reviews the reasons humans move around the planet. It focuses on both internal (to the U.S.) and international migrations. In the lesson, students form small groups and research one example of migration in depth.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Science - Biological and Life Sciences - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Regional Guidebook      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students are asked to consider the unique physical and human characteristics of their home region and to create guidebooks that describe these features to visitors to the region. In the process, they gain an awareness of the human and environmental factors that make places unique.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Michael Yamashita, Inc.      Add Bookmark
Description: Yamashita began taking pictures in 1971 while on a self-styled "roots" trip to Japan. What began as a pastime led to a career combining his two passionsphotography and travel. He has been a regular contributor to the National Geographic since 1979 and has worked in such diverse locations as Somalia and Sudan, England and Ireland, New Guinea and New Jersey. Although he has traveled to six continents, Asia is his special area of concentration. He has lived in Singapore, Thailand, Hong Kong and Japan, and shoots for a variety of Asian publications. Fluent in Japanese, he has covered Japan from Hokkaido to Kyushu.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Asian American Curriculum Project      Add Bookmark
Description: The mission of the Asian American Curriculum Project is to educate the public about the great diversity of the Asian American experience by distributing books that foster cultural awareness and to educate Asian Americans about their own heritage. AACP believes that the knowledge which comes from the use of appropriate materials can accomplish these goals. The books and other materials are for all age groups, all levels of education and all Asian ethnic groups; including and not limited to Cambodian, Chinese, Filipino, Hmong, Indian, Japanese, Korean, Laotian, Samoan, Tongan, Thai, Vietnamese Americans and Hawaiians. Materials include literature, folk tales, posters, magazine, tapes on language and music, games, activities, teacher guides, dictionaries, bilingual materials and reference books on history, social issues and education.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Science - Biological and Life Sciences - Social Studies - Geography
Title: GIS: Helping to Save the African Wild      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students learn about a geographic tool known as GIS, and about how it is assisting the conservation efforts of ecologically-minded individuals such as Dr. Michael Fay and the environmentalists at the Wildlife Conservation Society. They examine how human influence threatens the landscape of Africa and generate ideas about what can be done to plan and prepare for the future.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Science - Oceanography - Social Studies - Geography
Title: The Ocean: Our Global Connector      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students learn about various ocean descriptors and come to understand that, although we have labels that separate names of different regions, the Earth ultimately has just one big ocean. They will explore how the currents of this one big ocean carry people, animals and even debris around the globe. Students study water movement and how tracking marine debris can be a way to learn more about currents and their impact on human activity.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Historical Census Browser: University of Virginia      Add Bookmark
Description: The University of Virginia Library developed and maintains this website that allows teachers and students to examine state and county census data from 1790-1960. The data and terminology presented in the Historical Census Browser are drawn directly from historical volumes of the U.S. Census of Population and Housing.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: The National Highway System      Add Bookmark
Description: The National Highway System website is run by the United States Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration. The website offers teachers and students detailed maps of the nation's highway system, which are broken down by state. The site also contains information about the history of the National Highway System and details the very basis for its existence.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: National Archives and Records Administration      Add Bookmark
Description: NARA makes available to the public the historically valuable records of the three branches of federal government: executive (including the President), legislative, and judicial. National Archives holdings include textual; audiovisual; cartographic and architectural; and electronic records.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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



Subject: Science - Ecology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Mapping Our Human Footprint      Add Bookmark
Description: This Xpeditions activity has students use geographic analysis of a world map to learn where and to what degree human activity has influenced Earth.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Geography,Mathematics,Science,Social Studies
Title: USGS      Add Bookmark
Description: Encyclopedic entry. The United States Geological Survey, also called USGS, is one of the many departments in the U.S. government. USGS scientists study the entire landscape of the country.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: C1,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Mathematics,Social Studies
Title: Off the Scale      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students use real-world examples to solve problems involving scale as they examine maps of their home states and calculate distances between cities.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Agriculture in the Classroom      Add Bookmark
Description: This website is coordinated by the United States Department of Agriculture. Its stated goal is to help students gain a greater awareness of the role of agriculture in the economy and society, so that they may become citizens who support wise agricultural policies in America. The program is carried out in each state, according to state needs and interests, by individuals representing farm organizations, agribusiness, education and government. The site contains resources for students of all grade levels, parents, and teachers.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Arts,Social Studies
Title: The Life and Music of Celia Cruz: A Bibliography      Add Bookmark
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



Subject: Social Studies - Geography
Title: Uplink Outpost      Add Bookmark
Description: This Xpedition Hall interactive allows visitors to share their ideas about how to respond creatively to the rapid pace of change in our world. Click on the top circle in Room VI to view this interactive.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: About The Teodoro Vidal Collection      Add Bookmark
Description: Students can explore the history of Puerto Rico through the eyes of Teodoro Vidal, a man who captured the island's history with the many objects he collected. This online exhibition provides information about the collector, Puerto Rican history, everyday life in historic Puerto Rico, Puerto Rican religions, Carnival, music, and the concept of the Great Puerto Rican Family.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Manpack Global Positioning System (GPS) Receiver      Add Bookmark
Description: The Global Positioning System (GPS) consists of NAVSTAR satellites in earth orbit that send signals to receivers on land, sea, or in the air. The system became operational in 1978. Its military usefulness was demonstrated during Operation Desert Storm (1991), when coalition troops with receivers were able to navigate quickly and with great precision in the relatively featureless desert, thus having a significant tactical advantage over Iraqi forces.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: The Teodoro Vidal Collection: Interactive Map      Add Bookmark
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



Subject: Foreign Languages,Social Studies
Title: En Espanol: La Coleccion de Teodoro Vidal: Cronologia Interactivo      Add Bookmark
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



Subject: Foreign Languages,Social Studies
Title: The Teodoro Vidal Collection: Interactive Timeline      Add Bookmark
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



Subject: Foreign Languages,Social Studies
Title: En Espanol: La Coleccion de Teodoro Vidal: Enlaces      Add Bookmark
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



Subject: Science - Biological and Life Sciences - Social Studies - Geography
Title: How Do We Find Our Way?      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students consider whether they have a good sense of direction and whether they are able to navigate using mental maps versus needing equipment. They read about the Lewis and Clark expedition to find out what skills, abilities, and navigation equipment those early explorers needed, and they compare that voyage with a fictitious modern day journey on foot across the Rocky Mountains.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Foreign Languages,Social Studies
Title: The Teodoro Vidal Collection: Related Links      Add Bookmark
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



Subject: Foreign Languages,Social Studies
Title: En Espanol: La Coleccion de Teodoro Vidal: Glosario      Add Bookmark
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



Subject: Foreign Languages,Social Studies
Title: The Teodoro Vidal Collection: Glossary      Add Bookmark
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



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Digital History      Add Bookmark
Description: This website is a comprehensive set of web based resources and activities suitable for students at every grade level. Produced through a collaborative partnership including the National Park Service, the University of Houston, The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, and the Chicago Historical Society, t he site features a digital textbook with hypertext links, virtual exhibits featuring letters, artwork and artifacts, an interactive timeline, a collection of e-lectures, inquiry based learning units, and an extensive collection of online resources like maps, charts, and primary sources.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Foreign Languages,Social Studies
Title: En Espanol: La Coleccion de Teodoro Vidal: Ver Todos Los Objectos      Add Bookmark
Description: En esta coleccin por el Internet, los estudiantes pueden investigar la coleccin de Teodoro Vidal, uno de los coleccionistas ms importantes de la cultura material puertorriquea. Esta coleccin por el Internet contiene ms que 50 objetos y fotografas relatados a la vida cotidiana, la religin, las celebraciones, y el arte en Puerto Rico del siglo 17 hasta el 20. 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



Subject: Social Studies - Geography
Title: The Satellite Spyglass      Add Bookmark
Description: This Xpedition Hall interactive telescopes visitors view of Earth, from a point in outer space where they can see the entire globe to just above Washington, D.C. Click on the middle circle in Room II to view this interactive, in which students learn that we can make sense of our complex world by dividing it into different regions.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Geography,Social Studies
Title: boundary      Add Bookmark
Description: Encyclopedic entry. A boundary is a real or imaginary line that separates two things. In geography, boundaries separate different regions of the Earth.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: C1,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: science, social studies
Title: Australia & Oceania MapMaker Kit      Add Bookmark
Description: Download, print, and assemble maps of Australia & Oceania in a variety of sizes. The mega maps occupies a large wall, or can be used on the floor. The map is made up of 128 pieces; download rows 1-8 for the full map. The tabletop size is made up of 8 pieces and is good for small group work.
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: Geography and Your Dream Job      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students visit the Globe Projector exhibit in Xpedition Hall and explore the different types of map projections. Students also use their critical thinking skills to consider different careers that would require geographic knowledge and decide what projection would serve them best for each.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Arts, Social Studies
Title: Sogolon Puppet Theater      Add Bookmark
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



Subject: science, social studies
Title: Islands - Satellite Images      Add Bookmark
Description: Satellite Image Gallery. Learn about islands around the globe with this gallery of imagery taken from Earth-orbiting satellites.
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 - Current Events/Issues - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Public Lands: Preserve or Develop?      Add Bookmark
Description: This Xpeditions lesson introduces students to the ways that public lands are valued, used, and managed in the United States. Students compare and contrast different types of public lands, then simulate the decision-making and communication involved in converting private land to public land, taking into consideration the location, terrain, and climate of the land, as well as the needs and desires of the region's residents. Students imagine that they are able to bequeath a parcel of land to their state for public use, then create an argument for the best use of the property.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Geography,Science,Social Studies
Title: urban heat island      Add Bookmark
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



Subject: Arts,Foreign Languages,Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: EDSITEment Websites      Add Bookmark
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



Subject: Geography,Mathematics,Science,Social Studies
Title: distribution      Add Bookmark
Description: Distribution refers to the way something is spread out or arranged over a geographic area
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: C1,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Geography,Mathematics,Science,Social Studies
Title: density      Add Bookmark
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



Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Summer Travel--Education on the Road      Add Bookmark
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



Subject: Science - Biological and Life Sciences - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Preserving Biodiversity      Add Bookmark
Description: In this student activity from, Xpeditions, students take on the role of zoo director with a mission to teach people about the importance of biodiversity. Students examine maps and then create their own map that illustrates areas of the world where endangered species are found.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: science, social studies
Title: Asia MapMaker Kit      Add Bookmark
Description: MapMaker Kit. Download, print, and assemble maps of Asia in a variety of sizes. The mega map of Asia occupies a large wall, or can be used on the floor.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Geography,Science,Social Studies
Title: GIS (geographic information system)      Add Bookmark
Description: Encyclopedic entry. A geographic information system (GIS) is a computer system for capturing, storing, checking, and displaying data related to positions on Earth's surface. GIS can show many different kinds of data on one map.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: C1,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies - Geography - Social Studies - Human Relations - Social Studies - World History
Title: The Advisory Board      Add Bookmark
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



Subject: Science - Earth science - Social Studies - Geography
Title: World Viewer      Add Bookmark
Description: This Xpedition Hall interactive allows visitors to view six different kinds of information in spatial terms, distributed on a world map. Click on the right circle in Room I to view this interactive.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Historic Maps in K-12 Classrooms      Add Bookmark
Description: This EDSITEment-reviewed Web site, from the Newberry Library, provides historically significant map documents for K-12 teachers and their students. Illustrating the geographical dimensions of American history, the maps are accompanied by lesson plans written for four grade levels and designed to support a variety of social studies, history and geography curricula.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: On Time: How America Has Learned to Live By the Clock      Add Bookmark
Description: On Time explores the changing ways we have measured, used, and thought about time over the past three hundred years. With this online resource, from the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, students will learn how improvements in time keeping technology have led to the increased importance of efficiency, punctuality and regimentation in American life. The resource is divided into 5 chronological sections that demonstrate America's ever-changing relationship with time.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies - Geography
Title: Xpeditions Express      Add Bookmark
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



Subject: Science - Earth science - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Living Landscapes      Add Bookmark
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



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



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Podcast: James McLurkin explores robot communities      Add Bookmark
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



Subject: Arts,Social Studies
Title: The New Americans      Add Bookmark
Description: This online exhibit, provided by PBS, includes resources related to the series The New Americans. Part of the '' Independent Lens'' project, The New Americans tells the personal stories of recent immigrants to the United States. The exhibit features lesson plans, information about the series, opportunities for users to share their own family stories, an online quiz, materials for community education and outreach, and resources on immigration and on the home cultures of the new immigrants.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: C1,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies,Arts
Title: EDSITEment      Add Bookmark
Description: The National Endowment for the Humanities' EDSITEment Web site offers the best of the humanities on the Web. The site includes subject-based access to top humanities sites, EDSITEment lesson plans and at-home activities, and additional learning activities.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: science, social studies
Title: Mines - Satellite Imagery      Add Bookmark
Description: Satellite Image Gallery.
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: Be an Explorer Every Day!      Add Bookmark
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



Subject: Geography,Social Studies
Title: waypoint      Add Bookmark
Description: Encyclopedic entry. A waypoint is a reference point that helps us know where we are and where we're going. Whether we're driving, sailing, or flying, waypoints help us find our way.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: C1,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Cross-Disciplinary,Science,Social Studies
Title: Real-World Geography: Dr. Stuart Pimm      Add Bookmark
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



Subject: Foreign Languages,Social Studies
Title: Mapa Interactivo: La Coleccion de Teodoro Vidal      Add Bookmark
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



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



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