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Subject: Mathematics - Applied Mathematics - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Geography of Pizza      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students analyze Earth's surface according to the spatial elements of points, lines, and areas, and use a simple map to identify features in terms of spatial elements. This lesson uses a pizza restaurant to introduce these components to students, e.g., the location of a restaurant (point), roads and sidewalks (lines), and the city blocks or the region served by a restaurant (area).
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Social Studies - Geography
Title: How Crowded Are Our States?      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students combine information from statistics and maps to find out about world and national population characteristics. They determine which countries and states appear to be particularly crowded and which states are sparsely populated. They conclude by discussing what it might be like to live in a very crowded or a very sparsely populated state.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Mathematics - Statistics - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Population Pasta      Add Bookmark
Description: In this student activity, from Xpeditions, students investigate population statistics. Using different types of pasta to represent different numbers of people, students experiment with using graphs, maps, and more to illustrate the population densities of various countries.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Science - Earth science - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Be a Geography Detective      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students become geography detectives, learning about geography and the relationship human beings have with the land. Students apply the six essential elements of geography as they make observations and draw conclusions about historical landscapes. They demonstrate their understanding by writing journal entries, sketching landscapes, and making mental maps.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Social Studies - Geography - Social Studies - State History - Social Studies - United States History
Title: Mapping Your State's Culture      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students explore the concept of culture. They learn about interesting aspects of their state's culture, including arts, recreation, folklore, and cultural diversity. Finally, students design thematic maps showing some of the most interesting cultural features of their state.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Social Studies - Geography - Social Studies - State History
Title: Make State Maps With MapMachine      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students compare and contrast their state with another one using observations they make from National Geographic's MapMachine. They look at their own state's maps as the teacher creates them for the class, and they then make their own maps of another state of their choice. They list their observations of the two states maps and then write paragraphs comparing and contrasting what they have seen.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Social Studies - Geography
Title: Human Migration: The Story of a Community's Culture      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students come to understand key concepts of human migration through the examination of maps and migration patterns. Students research and document the impact of migration on a region's cultural landscape. They examine migration patterns on a global and national scale as a class and then apply that understanding to telling a migration story about their own community.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 3,4,5,12



Subject: Social Studies - Geography
Title: Tell a Migration Story...with Maps      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Xpeditions student activity, students share information about migration in their communities by planning and creating migration maps. After learning about mental maps and mapmaking in general, they create their own maps to illustrate how migration has helped to shape their local areas.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Arts - Photography - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Tell a Migration Story...with Photos      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Xpeditions student activity, students take pictures that tell the story of their community's cultural heritage and the story of human migration that is unique to their area. They consider how they can tell a story with a sequence of photographs, and then put their thoughts into action by creating photo essays.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Tell a Migration Story...With Interviews      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Xpeditions student activity, students become reporters for the local newspaper and conduct interviews with someone who has migrated to their community. After they finish their interviews, students share what they have learned about their interviewees experiences, memories, and feelings about coming to live in their new community.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Science - Earth science - Science - Physical Sciences - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Earthquakes and Volcanoes      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students compare maps of plate tectonics with population density maps and analyze what these maps imply about the relationship between population and seismic hazards. They also research specific volcanoes or earthquake zones and write pretend letters to residents of these areas describing the risks.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 3,4,5