Tuesday, January 27, 2009
(quick, easy loading game to identify continents)
(audible/clickable maps for practice and quizzes)
(clickable map quizzes)
(continental facts quiz)
Monday, January 26, 2009
Happy Chinese New Year! The above video is about the history of the Chinese New Year traditions. I've listed several teachers sites below with all kinds of lesson plans & activities related the Chinese New Year!
Start with a China Geography lesson plan from Asia Society: http://www.asiasociety.org/
Chinese New Year activities and customs:
http://holidays.pppst.com/chinesenewyear.html (online powerpoint presentations about Chinese New Year subjects)
http://www.kented.org.uk/ngfl/festivals/chinese.htm (lots of ideas here and lesson plans)
http://www.teachervision.fen.com/new-years/teacher-resources/6649.html (New Years celebrations and traditions of many different cultures!!)
I just received notice from PBS/NOVA of a new program: "The Incredible Journey of the Butterflies". FANTASTIC geography component when teaching butterfly metamorphosis to the younglings!!!!
"Program Overview :
NOVA traces the monarch butterfly's 2,000-mile migration to Mexico from Canada and the Northeastern United States." http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/teachers/programs/3601_butterfly.html
Excellent geography viewing/lesson ideas:http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/teachers/viewing/3601_butterfly.html
Additional links and book resources listed on the site as well!!http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/butterflies/resources.html
Also...if your school is still planning a Geography Awareness Week: Mapping the Americas...This would be a perfect subject to complement your Americas' mapping activities!!!!!
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Rand McNally Classroom.
This is a subscription service but offers a FREE 14-day trial. See http://www.randmcnally.com for 14-day FREE online trial.
Rand McNally Classrsoom is an award-winning website loaded with easy access maps of all (18,00+) types of reference & history maps, online atlases, games, activities, lesson plans, current events, reference articles and teacher tools (including "Traveling Teddies" postcards, "Where in the world?" photos, etc)..
Rand McNally Classroom is content rich, and very user - friendly for teachers and students!
Partners Video Magazine
Partners is an award-winning video magazine produced by the Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service (CSREES). It highlights the programs and accomplishments of the partnership between CSREES and the Land Grant University System in the areas of research, education, and extension.
This USDA online video magazine website provides a huge variety of free materials including videos for download (or on DVD) on all types of technology & agricultural topics. Entire episodes or individual segments/topics are available for download. Episode titles include: Fueling America, The Science of Small, Fluid Planet, and many other geography related topics. This site also provides possible grant information!!!
See what others are reporting: http://skyley.blogspot.com/
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
"The aim of geographyalltheway.com (& its updated site http://www.geographyalltheway.com/geogalot/)is to provide online geography resources, student projects, talking head instructors, weekly geography contest, professional development, newsletters, and lessons for geography teachers and students at Key Stage 3, MYP, GCSE, IGCSE, AS, A2 and IB Geography level "
(see following link for more site info)http://www.geographyalltheway.com/support/about_this_site.htm
Friday, January 9, 2009
Arctic Studies Centerwww.mnh.si.edu/arctic/index.htmlThe National Museum of Natural History's Arctic Studies Center hosts a Web site dedicated to the culture of northern peoples. Explore issues of history, archeology, and social change.
NOAA Arctic Theme Pagewww.arctic.noaa.gov/index.shtmlThe National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration provides information on Arctic research, including a climate index, photo gallery, articles, and more.
Arctic Conservation www.panda.org/about_wwf/where_we_work/arctic/index.cfmThe WWF offers a Web site devoted to Arctic conservation, policy, and species protection. Learn about current issues affecting the region through audio and video clips, interviews, photos, and articles.
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Lovely snowy Mt. Timpanogos reflecting the late afternoon sunshine.
Mt. Timpanogos is part of the Wasatch Mountains, N/E Utah County, Utah, USA.
Monday, January 5, 2009
Sunday, January 4, 2009
Are you a teacher trying to find a fabulous, one-stop-has-it-all, online educational resource about Asia? Then visit: Asia Society online @ http://www.asiasociety.org/education/ !!!
Asia Society has quality lesson plans, maps, publications, current events, newsletters, travel/teacher exchange/conference opportunities, interactive student/parent information, Asian language introduction, Asian holiday information, careet information, geography lessons, and links to many other related Asian topics. This site is loaded with numerous resources (too many to list them all here)...a terrific site for teacher background information as well as a resource for students' homework &/or reports.
Saturday, January 3, 2009
"A world of luck: New Year's rituals to prosper in the coming year vary from country to country
By Roxana Orellana The Salt Lake Tribune
Updated: 12/31/2008 05:15:27 PM MST
Many Utahns living through the worst economic downturn in decades can use more than a little luck in 2009.
So rather than watching the ball drop in Times Square or kissing your sweetie at the strike of midnight to usher in the new year, why not try out a new tradition?
All around the world, people greet the new year with rituals intended to bring luck, love, health and prosperity. Some traditions you might want to try include:
Latin America » In Bolivia, Paraguay, Chile, El Salvador, Colombia, Mexico and Peru and other Latin American countries, a common ritual involves packing a suitcase on New Year's Eve so it will bring good travels and good fortune in the year ahead. Variations of the tradition include running with a suitcase, getting on a chair with a suitcase, circling the house while dragging a suitcase, crossing the street or taking a suitcase out the front door.
During the holidays in Bolivia, stores sell all sorts of plastic miniature items to put in a suitcase, depending on what kind of good fortune a person is looking for. Jackie Slack, of Salt Lake City, said her mother, who lived in different countries throughout Latin America, said people in Bolivia will pack their suitcases with fake money and go up and down the stairs of the house.
Or, farmers will buy miniature seeds and farming tools, put them in buckets and place them under their Christmas trees in hopes
of good crops in the coming year.
In Brazil and Mexico » people eat a meal of lentils or rice to encourage prosperity. Eating 12 grapes as the clock strikes midnight and making a wish for each grape eaten is also said to bring prosperity to the person.
For luck, Brazilians wear white clothing. For luck in love, Mexicans wear red underwear. In Venezuela, the color for luck is yellow.
In Greece » luck comes from a coin in a piece of sweet bread or cake eaten just after midnight. Nitsa Tsoutsounakis, who makes the cake, called vasilopita , for her family, said a coin is added to the batter before baking. Whoever finds the coin in his or her piece of bread will have good luck for the whole year. Greek tradition calls for the first piece to be cut symbolically for Jesus or the Orthodox church; subsequent pieces are cut to represent the home and family members.
To scare away evil spirits » for venturing into the new year, natives of Portugal gather on their balconies and make as much noise as possible with pots and pans.
Perhaps the old year didn't bring you everything you had hoped for, but with some adopted traditions, maybe your luck will change. "
Friday, January 2, 2009
See what others are seeing when
looking skyward @ http://skyley.blogspot.com/
Good Morning and Happy New Year! I live in northern Utah County, (south of Salt Lake County) in Utah, USA. Utah County is a high desert valley surrounded by the Wasatch Mountains to the east, and the Oquirrh mountains to the west http://www.infoplease.com/ce6/us/A0861730.html
We've had a lot of snow the last month, piling up high in the surrounding mountains. This morning, I captured a couple of pretty mountain shots...all snowy and frozen highlighted by the rising sun.