NGS Daily jigsaw puzzles

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

World's most active volcanoes

Plenty of world news lately about active volcanoes! I found several sites that are very accurate, informative, interactive and providing many topics concerning the world's active volcanoes that could be very useful for teachers and students learning earth building processes:

Volcano Live
Space Science and Education Center:Volcano Watch
These satellite images show some of the world's most active volcanoes. Additional volcano information can be obtained from the Michigan Tech Geology Department. The Java animations below contain the last four satellite images. Volcanoes are listed from north to south

Smithsonian Global Volcanism Program:
Many resources at this website--types volcanoes, pictures, explanations, locations and interactive mapping

USGS: Volcanoes of the United States
Background information on U.S. volcanoes

An educational site with teacher materials, lesson plans!, videos, etc.

Alaska Volcanoe Observatory:
live video footage of Mt. Redoubt, etc.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Geography worksheets?

I'm not an enthusiast for using worksheets to teach geography!! I know that once in a while a pinch to help reinforce an activity..a student worksheet would be acceptable. I found a website loaded with ready to use pdf.pages for map skills and geography (many topics and for many ages of students).

Geography tunes

One of my favorite performers: Cary Newcomer
Her latest album: Geography of Light
The following YouTube video is a song from Geography of Light called "Geodes"....terrific song!!!

Carrie Newcomer Performs "Geodes" With Carrie Newcomer, Gary Walters, Chris Wagoner and Mary Gaines At the Buskirk-Chumley Theater

Friday, March 27, 2009

Earth Hour 3/28/09 8:30 pm

Turn out. Take action.
Be part of this historic event.March 28, 2009, 8:30 pm local time. The World Wildlife Fund is asking individuals, businesses, governments and organizations around the world to turn off their lights for one hour – Earth Hour – to make a global statement of concern about climate change and to demonstrate commitment to finding solutions.


Thursday, March 26, 2009

SkyWatch Friday

See other lovely sky views at:
Southern end of Mt. Timpanogos, Wasatch Mt Range, Utah Valley, Utah....something always interesting to see concerning the weather around these mountains/canyon.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Comparing Lakes by area size

You can just about find anything you would ever need to know at Wikipedia. I was searching for a site where I could find a list of lakes by area size, and Wikipedia poped up. This site lists all the world's major lakes and their locations in order of size, area, volume, country flag, picture/shape of the lakes and much more....great research site for student reports!

International Lakes Environmental Committee:

LakeNet (more categories of lakes: oldest, deepest, etc.)

Take a quiz about the 10 largest lakes in the world:

World's deepest lakes from the U.S. National Park Service:

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Indian Ocean as History & Geography

Geography of the Indian Ocean resource!!!!!!!

A recent Middle East Center of the University of Utah "Outreach Notes" newsletter article provided an extensive list of resources that just focus on the Indian Ocean as History. The list was adapted from an Outreach workshop held @ Georgetown University fall/2008 entitled "The Indian Ocean in World History: Seafaring, Trade, and Global Encounters."

Another amazing resource the newsletter mentioned was an interactive website from the above workshop "where students can learn not only about human interaction in the Indian Ocean region from dawn of human history until today, but can look at history through primary resources"

About the Middle East Center of the University of Utah:
provides workshops, lesson plans and curriculum, film series,
podcasts, teacher materials, professional development newsletter (online), etc...


Thinkfinity--One of the Best Teacher/Student resource sites!

This is ONE OF THE BEST Educator Resource websites for FREE standards-based lesson plans created by leading organizations and teachers for many subject areas!! Find many remarkable Geography standards based lesson plans in different subject areas (history, social studies, math, science, etc)

Hundreds of teachers use Thinkfinity. Here's why:
-Free, exciting, top-quality materials
-Quick, accessible and easy to use
-Content created by trusted experts and leading educators
-Thousands of standards-based lesson plans
-Valuable professional development opportunities

The above introductory video is from the website.

Monday, March 9, 2009

'Thousand-Hand Guan Yin' performance

Truly amazing..'Thousand-Hand Guan Yin' performance! See website below video for more information!!

Economics literacy / Geography

I was looking for lesson plans about Economic Geography and discovered this
website. This website is loaded with 90 very useful, well-written, powerful lesson plans and activities dealing with Economic Literacy...vitually all of them had geography components or connections.

Also available on this website: teacher publications, education blog, and information about teacher and student programs.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Great Geography Widgets from National Geographic

Fantastic, FREE , easy to load, reliable resource, and high quality content Widgets for your teacher webpages, blogsites, & blog dashboards available from National Geographic at this link:

Widgets available:
Your Shot Jigsaw Puzzles
Your Shot Slide Puzzles
Your Shot Daily Dozen
Photo of the Day Widget
Daily News Widget
Green Guide Tip of the Week Widget -->
U2 3D Movie Widget
Place of the Week Widget
Video Widget
Nat Geo Music Widget
Mysteries of the Ancient World Game Widget

Great geography resources from a reliable source: National Geographic !!
See examples at the bottom of this blogsite!!!!!!!!!!!

SkyWatch Friday

See other lovely sky views:

Several interesting views of the Salt Lake & Utah Valley mountains after the recent snow storm blew through the region.
1)Looking S down into
Utah Valley..Utah Lake in front of the Mountains.
I like this picture because it has layers: houses, farm land, lake, Mts, sky, clouds. :)

2)Looking west @ Oqhirrh
Mts. (SWestern edge of Salt Lake Valley)

2)Looking SE @ Mt. Timpanogos in Utah Valley from Salt Lake Valley (Wasatch Mt range)

3)Looking S from Mt. Timpanogos in Utah Valley
(Wasatch Mountain Range-UT, USA)

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Geography Pronunciation Guide

Nauru: an island country in the west Pacific ocean

Pronunciation: nah-OO-roo

I found a website with a very useful geography tool...for students and teachers alike-- a Geography Pronunciation Guide! The website is very simple, but allows the user to identify the location of every country in the world AND to hear (an audio file provided) the correct pronunciation of each country as well!

A single link from the main simple website directs you to this easy to use Geography Pronunciation Guide, Country locator, and simple country facts site (Capital, population, area/size, currency, climate, & nationality):

I found another site that offers correct pronunciations of world countries and some other interesting topics as well:
(This site offers only the pronunciations.)

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Geography Resources Galore!!!!!

Education & Children's Programs offers a multitude of the highest-quality, FREE Geography resource materials for teachers and students!

The following is a list of NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC websites to their Key sites, Maps, Map activities and Education programs:

Web Sites

· National Geographic
Free maps, photos, videos, and daily news stories, as well as articles and features about animals, the environment, cultures, history, world music, travel, more

Online version of Society’s flagship magazine offers interactive activities, articles, more

· National Geographic Education Rich compilation of interactive adventures, maps and geography, lesson plans, history activities, a teacher’s store, more

· Geography Action!
Information and classroom materials for annual National Geographic program for K–12 teachers

· National Geographic Xpeditions
Home to the U.S. National Geography Standards—and to thousands of ideas, tools, and interactive adventures that bring them to life; lesson plans, activities, and outline maps

· My Wonderful World
Resources include “geography I.Q. test” and Action Kits for parents, educators, and kids (A National Geographic-led campaign to increase geographic learning)

· National Geographic Bee
Includes registration information for the National Geographic Bee, frequently asked questions, GeoBee Quiz, student resources

· National Geographic Kids

Fun, educational site includes articles, games, videos, stories, activities, photos

· National Geographic Maps
Resources include outline maps educators can print and copy, Atlas of the Human Journey, downloadable TOPO maps, interactive maps

· NG World Atlas for Young Explorers
Supplements a Society print atlas with links to maps, music, photographs, country information, videos, geographic games, more

· Atlas Puzzles

can challenge friends to solve timed Atlas map jigsaw puzzles.

· Remembering Pearl Harbor,

which include a multimedia map and timeline, survivor stories, and a Society expedition to the site, examine the attack and its aftermath.

· Exploring the Chesapeake: Then and Now comes alive through video, interactive maps, historical photos, lesson plans

· MapMachine
Use National Geographic’s dynamic online atlas to locate nearly any place on Earth; search and print historical, weather, and population maps; more.

· EarthPulse
Visual guide to global trends employs interactive maps, diagrams, satellite imagery, more

· National Geographic School Publishing

Quality PreK–12 instructional materials including resources for emergent and early literacy, reading/language arts, ESL/ELD, content literacy development, professional development

· All Roads Film Project
Gives indigenous and underrepresented filmmakers a platform to showcase their cultures to a worldwide audience (A National Geographic initiative)

· The JASON Project
Inspirational connections to great explorers and events through core curriculum units and a global online community for students, teachers, and scientists (A nonprofit subsidiary of National Geographic)