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Wednesday, May 27, 2009


EARTH 2U Project Details:
"The Smithsonian Institution and the National Geographic Society contacted ETG to help them create the "Earth 2U: Exploring Geography" CD-ROM. Olympic gold medalist Dan Jansen and a comic cartoon character named Seymour D. Earth are the hosts of this digital, interactive translation of the widely acclaimed "Earth 2U" national touring exhibition.
Packed with interactivity, things to explore and games to play, "Earth 2U: Exploring Geography" teaches kids fun facts, history and stories about the world. Kids make connections between people, places and the environment and see why these links are so important in our global society. Hands-on fun includes movies, maps and interactive games, even 3D aerial views of different landscapes. "
Smithsonian archived site for Earth 2U: Exploring Geography materials:

The following pages were teacher/student materials from a poster produced for
Earth 2U: Exploring Geography. Copy and make overhead transparencies of each each transparency on top of the create the "layers" of geography involved with when studying a world culture --the land,the people, language, technology, institutions and beliefs.
(double click on each page to enlarge... print using landscape mode)
("copyright: 1995 Smithsonian Institution. Photocopying for Educational purposes encouraged.")

Friday, May 22, 2009

SkyWatch Friday

I just got back from Washington, DC. after seeing the National Geographic Bee Finals May 18-21. While in D.C., I was able to take in a few of the sites, including visiting our Nation's Cathedral...Beautiful and humbling architecture..inside and out!!!! I could help but look skyward in the amazing place!!!

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Friday, May 15, 2009

SkyWatch Friday

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Mrs. Robin nesting upon my rain gutter is seriously settled into the business of hatching her eggs!Baby Robins soon!!! She is keeping a watchful eye on me and anyone who
passes her nest!!

And now a bigger sky picture:
Looking West across the Salt Lake Valley (Utah) to the Oqirrh Mountain range & "Kennecott" (Rio Tinto) open-pit Copper Mines....example of human/environmental interactions!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Desk-Top Country Geography Project


This is a great end-of-school-year geography/art project! I've used this project for many years and with different ages of students., and it has ALWAYS been a fun, creative, insightful, exciting, culminating (great assessment), and successful geography project. This project can be given as an assignment to individual students or to groups of students. It takes several days to complete...especially when working in groups. The assignment involves locating (according to directions) the map pieces (provided) on a blank sheet of paper and then creating a town/city/state/country "around" the map pieces incorporating physical, man-made, and political features on their "country map".

Each student (or group) needs a large sheet of butcher/roll paper or poster board and copies of the two instruction sheets provided on this blog. (To make copies of the instruction worksheets..right-click on each document and select "print target"). Following directions on "Desk-Top Country" cut out the map pieces on the worksheet and place them on their large sheet of paper according to the directions on the worksheet. As students arrange the map pieces on their papers, check to see that the arrangements are correct..this will save many problems later on in the project.) Once all of the pieces are correctly placed on their instructed on the second sheet...ultimately creating their own town, city, state or country! This is a amazing project, map keys/symbols, landforms, water flow direction, transportation routes, climates, community needs, agriculture..etc., etc.,)

Honestly, I don't know where (or from whom) I originally acquired this project, but I have used it
very successfully for years. It is NOT MY CREATION! So, I humbly and greatfully
give credit to the original author (unknown) of this fabulous project!!!

Friday, May 8, 2009

SkyWatch blooms

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This is an interesting photo. I have a little league baseball field located to the west of my house...and bright light from the night time games shines over the top of my house
into my backyard. The light illuminating these pink blooming crabapple trees was a very eerie scene.

This "sky view" is overlooking the many beautiful blooming peach orchards of Perry, Utah and westward to the
Great Salt Lake., Utah, USA.

Monday, May 4, 2009

GeoSpatial Revolution

A friend shared information about an huge geospatial geography project at Penn State University:
Geospatial Revolution Project ..The location of anything is becoming everything!

The project is under developement..sign up for updates!!

Info about the project from the website:
"We live in the Global Location Age. “Where am I?” is being replaced by, “Where am I in relation to everything else?”Penn State Public Broadcasting is developing the Geospatial Revolution Project, an integrated public media and outreach initiative about the world of digital mapping and how it is changing the way we think, behave, and interact.The project will feature a web-based serial release of eight video episodes—each telling an intriguing geospatial story. Overarching themes woven throughout the episodes will tie them together, and the episodes will culminate in a 60-minute documentary. The project also will include an outreach initiative in collaboration with our educational partners, a chaptered program DVD, and downloadable outreach materials."


PBS Television has produced an incredible new series and resource for social studies teachers: WE SHALL REMAIN
From the PBS site:

"At the heart of the project is a five-part television series that shows how Native peoples valiantly resisted expulsion from their lands and fought the extinction of their culture -- from the Wampanoags of New England in the 1600s who used their alliance with the English to weaken rival tribes, to the bold new leaders of the 1970s who harnessed the momentum of the civil rights movement to forge a pan-Indian identity. We Shall Remain represents an unprecedented collaboration between Native and non-Native filmmakers and involves Native advisors and scholars at all levels of the project."

The 5 episodes can be viewed online, and extensive teacher materials are available for each episode:

Ge...MOOOO...graphy cartoon

Sharing another GE-MOOOO-GRAPHY cartoon!

Geography comic strip

sharing Another great geographic cartoon/comic strip...especially funny to those of us that live in and around BIG Mountains...hahhhahhha

Geography video: Playing for Change

WOW what a powerful music project! I heard about this on NPR Morning Edition today...had to share!!! - From the award-winning documentary, "Playing For Change: Peace Through Music", comes the first of many "songs around the world" being released independently. Featured...

Friday, May 1, 2009

Skywatch Friday

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Okay, this is a bit of a stretch for a
skywatch photo, but I was looking
"skyward" and discovered this
lovely, newly built robin's nest
perched atop my gutter's drain pipe.

Yes, Mr. & Mrs. Robin were
nearby squawking loudly reminding
me to keep my distance.
by: Joyce Kilmer (1886-1918)
THINK that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.

A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the earth's sweet flowing breast;

A tree that looks at God all day,
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;

A tree that may in Summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;

Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.

Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree.

Geographic Comic Strips

I have been collecting geographic comic strips for a LONG time to use as instructional starters & "attention getters" for students and teacher workshops. I used this cartoon when I taught the "World in a candy bar" activity (see lesson plan under "candy bar" tag), and to show global connections...even with a candy bar!!
(double click on comic strip to enlarge)
"Amazing facts for a Geography of the 21st Century. See See "

Importance of Geography video

"For use by Geography Departments for Parents Evenings this clip promotes geography and the Give Geography its Place Campaign ( The embedded animations within this clip... "