Human Geography Teacher Resources
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The Study Of Human Geography
Learners examine the study of human geography and how resources influence population density. They define culture, and in small groups create a collage that illustrates and defines either population distribution, urbanization, cultural landscapes, or cultural change.
Northern Ireland: A Struggle to Co-Exist (Lesson 1)
Young scholars discover the history of Northern Ireland using a powerpoint presentation in this lesson created for an Advanced Placement Human Geography class. This lesson does not include a Powerpoint presentation (Teachers would be responsible for collecting the information and created one).
NCSS Notable Trade Book Lesson Plan 2009
Construct a personal journey time-line. First, learners explore the travels of Tweega, the giraffe, in the book Chee-Lin, A Giraffe's Journey by James Rumford. Then they compare and contrast regions in the story and reflect on their own life. Finally, they plot events on a time line. Note: Numerous excellent resource links are included.
Students are able to identify the causes and effects of erosion. They hypothesize ways to help curb erosion. Students are able to identify ways being used now to curb erosion. They are shown two different types of erosion, by putting some of the dirt in the box lid and some more in a paint tray.
The Sounds of Samba
Students research the origins of Samba in Brazil using the internet. After defining new vocabulary, they locate the cities in Brazil using latitude and longitude which practice the Samba. In groups, they compare and contrast the different types of Latin American dances and music and write an essay to end the instructional activity.
Geography of Asia and Europe
In this geography of Asia and Europe worksheet, students match the cities of Asia on a map with the name and description, then match the physical features of Europe on a map to the name.
Locator Booth: Mapping South America
Students visit the Locator Booth exhibit in Xpedition Hall and consider conditions to find places' positions. They see how human and physical factors define eight South American hot spots.
World Cities of 5 Million or More
Students consult online resources to identify and map the world's largest cities and metropolitan areas. They analyze birth rates, settlement patterns and other demographic data and make predictions for the future. They write essays regarding these predictions.
Mapping the Lewis and Clark Trail
Pupils explore how physical and human geography features effected Lewis and Clark's expedition by using the Lewis and Clark Digital Discovery Web site.
Culture Regions of the U.S.
High schoolers identify the location of different cultural groups within the United States (agricultural, retirement, urban, etc.) They map these areas and analyze the correlation between the landscape of a given region and the type of settlement that is there.
Helping Hands: Promoting Gloval Awareness
Eleventh graders explore Canadian support for foreign aide. In groups, 11th graders discuss Canadian aide policies and express their opinion of each. Students brainstorm methods of contributing to developing nations. They complete worksheets and participate in games to recognize global citizenship responsibilities.
Internal Spatial Structure of Cities
High schoolers examine the internal spatial structure of cities. In groups, they analyze patterns of functions, structure and characteristics of settlement patterns. They also identify the population densities of land value of business districts.
How Does the U.S. Rate?
Sixth graders define the terms used to compare physical, political and human geography in countries and use them to compare life in the United States to life in other countries. Then they formulate educated opinions about living in the United States.
Our Barrio: Our Community
Third graders describe the physical and human geography of Los Angeles. Using the internet, they identify and locate features around the Adams region that have changed in the past 70 years. They use resources found in their school to discover the history of their community.
Environmental Issues: Natural and Human Geography
Pupils research whether China should build the Three Gorges Dam. They develop persuasive arguments for or against the building of the dam.
Making Informed Environmental Decisions
Using an actual case study about the Lake Turkana Dam, class members examine the controversy surrounding the issue. Pupils take on the role of one of the stakeholders, discuss the multiple perspectives involved, explore the geography of the area in question, and compose decision statements. A very detailed plan complete with additional materials, this would be great in an environmental studies class or in a humanities class. Since the lesson plan is based on close analysis of given materials, science and English teachers could collaborate to make it happen!
Observing Physical and Cultural Landscapes
There is a difference between the physical and cultural features of a place, and yet one is always influenced by the other. Middle schoolers begin to consider the differences between each and how they interact with a series of scaffolded activities. They start by viewing several photographs in order to determine if their personal views of Europe are the same or different than what the images portray. They complete a T-chart, make inferences about the photos, and confirm the location of the photos on a map. This is an excellent resource with everything needed, just print to teach.
The Zabbaleen, Cairo's Garbage Workers
Here is a fascinating human geography study of the Zabbaleen. They are a sub-class of people who work as garbage collectors in Cairo, Egypt. I can't say enough good things about this resource in my limited space here. It is fabulous! If you are a secondary teacher looking to challenge and engage your students in a study of human geography, this lesson is for you! Worksheets, photographs, maps, and clearly written instructions for the activities are all present.
Culture of Sound: Traditional Korean Music
Explore Korean music by listening to the sounds of Korean instruments. Students will listen to two Korean songs and identify the instruments they hear, as well as the type of instruments they are (woodwind, string, or brass). They then compare the different sounds of instruments.
Tracking a Potato Killer: using Longitude and Latitude to Map the Spread of P. Infestans
Where did the potato famine in the United States in the 1840s begin? After reading about the potato disease, young scientists will hypothesize about the type of disease and its origin. Then, using newspaper articles and other data, learners use latitude and longitude to map the instances of the disease, then analyze the data to try to trace its origin.