World Heritage Site Teacher Resources
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Mapping World Heritage
World heritage sites can be found around the globe. Many of these sites are noted for their importance in representing culture and location. Each activity included in this resource focuses on latitude/longitude, map skills, finding locations with coordinates, and discussing the importance of historic site preservation. The instructional activity includes a video, web links, and several handouts, as well as vocabulary and teaching notes.
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Imagine being able to visit some of the most amazing sites in the world without leaving home. Tour Palymra, Machu Picchu, St Peter’s Basilica, and Kiev without spending a cent! With over 300 points of interest and 20,000 images, this interactive photo album is a must-have for the armchair traveler, for the classroom, for the global treker wanting to revisit a site, or for the bucket-lister planning a journey. Install a sense of adventure.
Exploring Canadian Heritage
Young scholars use the online Atlas as a research tool to find information on national parks and world heritage sites.
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Marrakesh, Casablanca, Tangier. Sand dunes and wadis, souks and kasbahs, World Heritage sites and modern cities. Experience Morocco—for free! Take a virtual tour of this fascinating country, gain an understanding of its people, art, and the architecture, or use the thousands of photos in this tool and the map function to plan your own trek.
Students examine the man-made wonders of the world. In this current events lesson, students research selected websites to learn more about the most recent wonders of the world competition. Students also research Stonehenge.
Students examine modern culture and compare it to other cultures around the world. They focus on items, such as computers and soda cans, that are prominent parts of their culture. They draw pictures of themselves and their parents in their daily lives
Sustainability and Canada's National Parks
Junior High students examine the concept of sustainability and how it relates to Canada's National Park system. They conduct research on the 'Atlas of Canada' website, participate in a simulated online exercise to determine the best site for a new national park.
Colorado: Reading Comprehension
In this Colorado reading comprehension worksheet, students read a 2-page selection regarding the state and then respond to 10 true or false questions.
Five National Treasures
Ninth graders examine the five cultural treasures in Korea. In this World History instructional activity, 9th graders research one of these treasures. Students create a presentation to the class on one of these treasures.
Explore Eastern North Carolina Heritage Through Tourism
Students identify Eastern North Carolina historical tourist sites. They create a brochure advertising them by using the Eastern North Carolina Digital Library. The brochure is created using Microsoft Publisher software. Sample brochures are provided.
Around the World Calendar
Young scholars examine world landmarks and monuments. They create a 12 month calendar featuring a significant site for 12 different countries.
The Seven Wonders of the Republic of Korea
Students engage in research about the heritage of Korea by the using the internet as a source of information. The information is used in order to help them establish an appreciation for the culture using the cultural heritage websites.
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage: Grades 6-8
To gain a better understanding of Hispanic heritage and culture, as well as to build informational comprehension skill, learners explore facets of Hispanic American History. They engage in a class discussion, research three facts, and create a historical timeline. This lesson includes resource links, extension activities, and cross-curricular activity ideas.
Pile 'em High?
Students explore the concept of architectural heritage. In this architecture lesson, students visit selected websites to compare and contrast the architectural features in world cities.
Jimmy Chin's Adventure in Extreme Photography
Students read about the life and work of Jimmy Chin, describe adventure sports, describe how Jimmy Chin brings his experiences into his work, and discuss how their own experiences affect their understanding of the world.
Global Warming: Effects of Rising Sea Levels on Cities
How much difference would it really make if the sea level were to rise by one meter? Five meters? Ten or twenty? Using modeling software, kids examine how rising seas would impact New Orleans, as well as other coastal cities. After exploring the computer simulation, a simple investigation is done in class where learners create a model of sea level change using ice cubes, a lamp, and sugar cubes. The lesson plan wraps-up with each pupil writing down three ways he/she can reduce his/her own carbon footprint, thus minimizing their impact on climate change.
Where in the World? Using a Geographic Perspective to Identify Destinations for a Class Trip
Students determine what information is revealed on physical and political maps. They use a geographic perspective in identifying and comparing features of physical and political maps of the world. Students use both a political and physical map to choose a class trip destination. They create a proposal for a class trip destination.
Culture Shock: Cultural Differences Throughout the World
Students think about how cultural customs differ throughout the world, by researching a foreign culture's customs and writing stories pretending they are on vacation with a friend from the country they have researched.
A World in a Grain of Sand
Students go exploring Britain's beaches. In this geography activity, students visit selected websites to learn about specific beach habitats and the history of cleaning those beaches.
Mending the Rift
Students determine what factors identify a country's political borders. After reading an article, they investigate questions surrounding the Great Rift Valley. On a map, they trace the valley from Asia through Africa and research the countries in which the Valley runs through. They write reflective essays on their own interpretations of borders and boundaries.