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This website offers a variety of teacher-tested lesson plans that relate to public lands. The lesson plans are sorted by grade levels from K-12 and align with the National Geography Standards. In addition, other sections provide facts and figures on public lands, information on Geography Awareness Week, and links to other education-related sites. Full description.
Grade level: Primary (K-2), Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Lesson plan
Subject: Atmospheric science, Human geography
 
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The influence of humans on the land surface around the globe is represented through a series of maps. These maps are based on geographic proxies for drivers of human impact: human population density, land cover and land use mapping, lights regularly visible from a satellite at night, locations of roads, rivers and coasts, settlement patterns, etc. Sites are identified that represent the largest and ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12), College (13-14), College (15-16)
Resource type: Map, Ref. material, In-situ dataset
Subject: Environmental science, Human geography
 
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This lesson will help students to become familiar with public lands in the United States. Students will consider clues about the scenic, biological, and historical treasures of some of our public lands and use the clues to help identify and locate them on a map. After completing these activities students should be able to articulate the difference between public land and private land, name reasons ... Full description.
Grade level: Intermediate (3-5)
Resource type: Lesson plan
Subject: Ecology, Human geography
 
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This activity has students apply scientific theory and hypothesis to studies being conducted in the Black Sea. They will discuss the purpose of and theory behind the Black Sea study and use maps to explain the flood theory. Students will also write hypotheses suggesting what certain pieces of evidence might reveal about the Black Sea and the flood. Next, they will read about the researchers' discoveries ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8)
Resource type: Lesson plan
Subject: Human geography, Physical geography
 
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In this lesson, students will practice map-reading skills by using a drought map of Afghanistan from the 'Afghanistan: Land in Crisis' site. Students will learn how to recognize drought, where drought can occur, and how drought affects the people who live in those places. Full description.
Grade level: Intermediate (3-5)
Resource type: Lesson plan
Subject: Human geography, Physical geography
 
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This lesson plan helps students to understand that perception influences the mental maps and attitudes of people about places. In order to help students grasp how perceptions play out in the real world, students will analyze sketch maps produced by different people on the basis of their mental maps and draw inferences about the factors (e.g., culture, age, sex, occupation, experience) that influence ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8)
Resource type: Lesson plan
Subject: Human geography, Physical geography
 
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Many Americans have heard of Ethiopia only in the context of drought, famine, and war. As they listen to the news stories, it is important for students to recognize that the media portrayals of Ethiopia are not always complete and that Ethiopia is, in fact, a geographically diverse country, including forests, grasslands, and the Blue Nile. This lesson will teach students about Ethiopia's different ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8)
Resource type: Lesson plan
Subject: Human geography, Physical geography
 
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In this lesson plan students will explore the world with a visual scavenger hunt. They will select a handful of important natural and cultural characteristics of places. They will then search through magazines such as National Geographic for photographs that illustrate the range of those characteristics. They can also chart the locations they find on a map of the world. At the completion of the lesson, ... Full description.
Grade level: Primary (K-2), Intermediate (3-5)
Resource type: Lesson plan
Subject: Human geography, Physical geography
 
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In this lesson plan students will be 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 will gain an awareness of the human and environmental factors that make places unique. Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8)
Resource type: Lesson plan
Subject: Human geography, Physical geography
 
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In this lesson plan students will explore the world with a visual scavenger hunt. They will select a handful of important natural and cultural characteristics of places. They will then search through magazines such as National Geographic for photographs that illustrate the range of those characteristics. They can also chart the locations they find on a map of the world. Full description.
Grade level: Primary (K-2)
Resource type: Lesson plan
Subject: Human geography, Physical geography
 
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