Have you even wanted to explore an interactive map of the United States and be able to click on any neighborhood to see the local population age structure and compare that to the national, state or county data? If not, you don’t know what you’ve been missing. This is a fantastic resource that lets you and your students explore the data AND ask spatial questions. It’s definitely one that I’ll add to my list of favorite resources. This population pyramid shows that Jamestown’s population is much older than the national average; how come?
Tag: population, population pyramids, mapping, census, visualization, USA.
Smarty Pins is a Google Maps based geography and trivia game.
As stated in a review of Smarty Pins on Mashable, “Google unveiled a fun new game this week that tests players’ geography and trivia skills. Called ‘Smarty Pins’ the game starts players off with 1,000 miles (or 1,609 kilometers if they’re not based in the United States), and asks them to drop a pin on the city that corresponds with the correct answer to a given question.”
This game is wonderfully addictive…I haven’t enjoyed a mapping trivia platform this much since I discovered GeoGuessr. I answered 38 questions before I ran out of miles…how far did you get?
Tags: google, fun, mapping, place, trivia.
The vocabulary and concepts of maps kids should learn to enhance their map-skills & geography awareness. Concise definitions with clear illustrations.
I really like this article because it briefly shares the language needed for students to able to successfully use maps in the classroom…plus it’s highly adaptable for virtually any grade level.
Tags: mapping, K12, scale, location.
“”The Habitable Planet is a multimedia course for high school teachers and adult learners interested in studying environmental science. The Web site provides access to course content and activities developed by leading scientists and researchers in the field.”
Much like the Power of Place resources were created by Annenberg Learner to share World Regional Geography videos, the Habitable Planet has diverse resources for Physical Geography and Environmental Science. In essence, it is an excellent free online textbook.
Tags: textbook, environment, physical.
“In the end, the massive wildfires in Southern California burned an area that many reports described as about the size of Rhode Island. Now, that’s probably a phrase you’ve heard before. As the smallest U.S. state, Rhode Island has the distinction—or perhaps the misfortune—of being one of the news media’s most convenient geographic yardstick. As in, Hey! This think is so big, is’t as big as a whole state! Just how big is Rhode Island anyway?”
Did you know that Europe’s six smallest countries could fit inside Rhode Island, with room to spare? This Slate article (as well as this article from the Wall Street Journal) shares some fun facts about Rhode Island’s size as a benchmark for comparisons that hopefully will bolster our mental maps with a familiar, local point of reference.
How do you move a historic victorian mansion? Very carefully. In this case, it’s the Peter Green House at Brown University, Providence RI.
Many cities wrestle with two important, but opposing mandates: modernize the infrastructure to improve the city and maintain the history of the neighborhood to preserve a sense of place. Most often these are not reconcilable, but with a whole lot of money, this is are very creative way to do both.
In a state renowned for its shoreline, we name the very best 10 beaches we’ve got. From family-friendly coves to remote stretches, Rhode Island has something for everyone. See if your favorite made the list, and see if you can visit them all before Labor Day.
Red, blue, and purple states wind up pretty much where you’d expect. And if you’re in Louisiana, you might want to keep your head down.
Rhode Island isn’t on the bottom of this list for being the smallest state, but because Rhode Island has the fewest gun deaths (per capita) in the United States. 3.14 per 100,000 residents is lowest in the United States and this is one more reason to be glad that you live in the Ocean State. Do you notice any regional patterns in the rest of the data? Any explanations to make sense of these regional patterns?