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National Geography Awareness Week, Grades 9-12

Lessons, Resources, and Activities: The Geography of Civil Rights Movements

Found In: social studies, 9-12

Lesson Plans & Activities

Lesson Plans

Brown v. Board of Education: Five Communities That Changed America  Students in grades 5-12 explore the struggle to abolish segregation in public education.

Women in Baseball  (11 pgs, 192 KB) Small groups of students in grades 6-12 role-play sports marketing firms trying to package female baseball players with product endorsements.

Travel on the Underground Railroad  Students in grades 6-12 plot a path, on the Underground Railroad, from a point in the Southern United States to various points along the way to a safe house in Canada.

Crossing the Line: Jackie Robinson  Students in grades 7-12 examine Jackie Robinson

Plan and Prepare for an Expedition Students in grades 7-12 develop a research question and plan a micro-expedition.

Conduct a Micro-Expedition Students in grades 7-12 plan and conduct a micro-expedition and then create a presentation, blog post, or other display of their expedition and findings.

Diversity in New York Place Names  Students in grades 9-12 investigate the origins of place names in New York and map the place names to analyze patterns.

Through Our Own Eyes: A Chickasaw Perspective on Removal 
Students in grades 9-12 learn how the Chickasaw were removed from their traditional homelands in Mississippi and surrounding states and relocated in Oklahoma.

Teaching with Historic Places: Civil Rights and Racial Healing Feature (K-12)

Activities

GeoGames 
Students use graphics and sound effects on an animated 3D globe to Build Planet Earth and Map Countries and Cities. The page links to hundreds of more activities.

Mission: Explore
Pick your mission, complete the challenge, collect points and unlock rewards. Houses432 cross-curricular missions. Requires free registration.

The Fifty States 
Click the map to learn about each state.

USGS Kids
Activities, games, coloring pages, projects, and stories that teach younger children about animals, climate change, bee population declines, wild birds, and more.

Background Resources

7 Billion: Are You Typical? -- National Geographic Magazine
(2:55) This video presents characteristics of the world's most typical person and looks at how that will change.

Geography Awareness Week 
Resources about geography as a discipline and tips and tools to plan for GeoWeek.

Exploring Maps Teacher Packet
An interdisciplinary set of materials on mapping for grades 7-12. Students learn basic mapmaking and map-reading skills.

USGS GeoData Booklet
Describes and shows samples of digital data available from USGS.

The National Map Viewer
Zoom in and print a high-resolution map of a local area, a state, or the United States. This is an excellent tool for practicing the use of latitude/longitude, the national grid, elevation, distance, and more. No special software or download is required. Maps can be printed on 8.5" x 11" paper.

Urban Growth in American Cities Booklet
Illustrates and explains the spatial history of urban growth and corresponding changes in land use.

Quizzes

GeoNet Game: Quizzes
Chose a map of the United States or of the world, and then choose a region to be quizzed in six categories. Two levels of difficulty.

Test your Geography Knowledge
World geography quizzes.

Maps: Blank Outline and Tests

last updated: November 1, 2017

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