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This Canadian site is a searchable database of places in Canada. Searches can be made by location name and/or point coordinates. Data returned gives the place name, location, general area map, feature type, and any former names the place may have had. This site is part of the Geographical Names site for Canada, which connects to details about name origins, student module projects, publications and ... Full description.
Grade level: College (15-16), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Map, In-situ dataset
Subject: Physical geography
 
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The Global Schoolhouse contains an interactive geography game, a place for students to share field trip experiences, online expeditions, a clearinghouse for collaborative projects from around the world, classroom conferencing, news lists, professional development resources, and a project for students to create an international newspaper. There is also an international competition for K-12 students ... Full description.
Grade level: Primary (K-2), Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Computer activity, Project, Clearinghouse, Email lists
Subject: Physical geography
 
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This Classroom Connectors lesson plan discusses weather conditions and their contribution to weathering and erosion. Students learn to explain the process of physical and chemical weathering. They also learn to compare and contrast erosion resulting from wind, ice and water. The site provides goals, objectives, an outline, time required, materials, activities, and closure ideas for the lesson. The ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8)
Resource type: Lesson plan
Subject: Physical geography
 
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Test Your Stream Erosion IQ is an online activity for students to examine topographical maps of stream erosion, and identify the type of landforms that would be created by the stream channels shown on the maps. From the elevation contour lines, students decide if the dome, mountain peak, U-shaped canyon, irregular, or V-shaped canyon landforms are represented. There are also photographs to illustrate ... Full description.
Grade level: Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8)
Resource type: Computer activity, Map, Photograph
Subject: Physical geography
 
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This student activity provides instructions for making a global relief map out of clay or dough. Students create a miniature world, complete with mountains, valleys, rivers, lakes, and volcanoes. Full description.
Grade level: Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8)
Resource type: Classroom activity
Subject: Physical geography
 
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The GEOnet Names Server (GNS) is a database of names of geographic features worldwide, excluding the United States and Antarctica, which are included in the Geographic Names Information System. GNS provides access to the National Imagery and Mapping Agency (NIMA) database, which is the official repository of foreign place-name decisions approved by the U.S. Board on Geographic Names (US BGN). GNS ... Full description.
Grade level: College (15-16), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Ref. material, Periodical, Modeled dataset
Subject: Physical geography
 
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This lesson plan introduces students to latitude and longitude. They will look at lines of latitude and longitude on a United States map and discuss the reasons why these lines are helpful. Students will also discuss the ways that temperatures vary with latitude and will explain the clothes they might wear at specific latitudes. Full description.
Grade level: Primary (K-2)
Resource type: Lesson plan
Subject: Physical geography
 
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During this lesson plan students craft miniature mountains from lumps of clay. They then translate their mountains into topographic maps. These maps include vital features and information such as date, orientation, grid, scale, title, author, index, legend, and sources - or DOGSTAILS, for short. Knowing what goes into creating a representational map helps the students to understand how to analyze ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8)
Resource type: Lesson plan
Subject: Physical geography
 
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This lesson plan 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 will conclude by discussing the reasons why it is important to understand latitude and longitude and by creating quizzes in which other students can locate mystery places that they map on the computer. Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8)
Resource type: Lesson plan
Subject: Physical geography
 
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This lesson plan emphasizes map projections and has students consider the different types of map projections and the most appropriate projections for various uses. After reading about, seeing graphics of, and taking notes on a variety of map projections, students will pretend to be cartographers and will specify which types of map projections would be the most valuable for their clients. Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12)
Resource type: Lesson plan
Subject: Physical geography
 
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