I recently received this question and immediately thought that this is a great geographic question, but one that geographic tools can be used to find the answer. I downloaded all the Rhode Island names listed by the United States Board on Geographic Names and filtered out all the listed Islands (108 is the answer!!). A spreadsheet of data isn’t as helpful to visualize this data so I created this interactive map. Only 1 of the locations didn’t have coordinates, some are scarcely more than rocks, and this is only according to the the U.S. Board on Geographic Names, but this is the most complete map of islands in the state of Rhode Island that I could produce. Additionally, here is an article about some sailors who sought to explore every island of the Narragansett Bay.
See on www.arcgis.com
I had the shapefiles for the various neighborhoods of Providence and the good folks at “Click that ‘Hood” were gracious enough to upload it and make a local quiz based on the the 25 neighborhoods of Providence (as defined by the city government officials). In addition to city neighborhood quizzes, they also have quizzes for regions such as Africa, South America and Europe. This is a crowd-sourced database, so if you have the right data, you can help them to create more online quizzes.
See on click-that-hood.com
“Thanksgiving has some fascinating spatial components to it. My wife and I prepared an article for the Geography News Network on Maps101.com that shows the historical and geographic context of the first Thanksgiving and in the memorialization of Thanksgiving as a national holiday (if you don’t subscribe to Maps 101, it is also freely available as a podcast on Stitcher Radio or iTunes).”
One of my favorite combinations of maps for Thanksgiving involves the geography of food production and food consumption. When we start looking at the regional dishes on Thanksgiving plates we can see some great patterns. This ESRI storymap asks the simple question, where did your Thanksgiving Dinner come From?
This StoryMap is a great resource to combine with this New York Times article that shows the regional preferences for the most popular Thanksgiving recipes. Where are sweet potatoes grown? Where do people make sweet potato pie for Thanksgiving?
Plymouth County, MA is at the heart of only 3 cranberry producing regions and is was also home to the first Thanksgiving. How has this New England local ecology and traditional food patterns influenced national traditions?
For these and more Thanksgiving resources on scoop.it, click here.
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Thank you to all participants, teachers and parents who helped to promote this mapping challenge and geo-literacy. We are pleased to announce the top two winners in our 2013 Map Challenge Contest in conjunction with Geography Awareness Week 2013 here in Rhode Island.
- Mrs. Lepre’s 7th Grade Geography Class (Mount Saint Charles Academy, Woonsocket) Winter Olympics 2014 MegaMap
- Ms. Taglione’s 6th Grade Social Studies Student Team (Barrington Middle School) Eytan Goldstein, Amit Bhatia and Nikhil Pareek–Revolutionary War Map of RI’s Struggle for Freedom
- Sophia and Benjamin Lepre–Walt Disney Map of Favorite Characters.
See on rigea.org
Geography Awareness Week is right around the corner (Nov. 18-22)! The Theme is GEOGRAPHY AND THE NEW AGE OF EXPLORATION. Here are some resources that you can use in your own classroom, in your home or anywhere with eager geo-enthusiasts.
Here are some additional resources and worksheets that might be helpful.
RIGEA hopes that you use Geography Awareness week to promote spatial thinking and global awareness (something we like to call geo-literacy) in the Ocean State. At Rhode Island College, there will be a GIS Day event on Wednesday, November 20th in Gaige Hall (10am-2pm).
See on rigea.org
Did you miss our Oct. 26th event Online Mapping for Educators?
Here are the documents to supplement the Oct. 26th professional development activity.
For AFTER the event:
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This is last minute but there are two lectures in Providence this week that RIGEA members should consider. One, at Rhode Island College on Tuesday, Nov. 5th is entitled “Mapping North Africa: A Cartographic History, 16th-19th Centuries” presented by Dr. Richard Lobban. The other on Nov. 6th, is Signifying Geographies, Mapping Violent Contestations: The Making of Symbolic Landscapes by Dr. Kevin DeJesus.
See on watson.brown.edu
Geography and the ELA Common Core State Standards are not enemies…this presentation is designed to show how they both can support each other and offer students a richer educational experience. Presentation given by Seth Dixon at Bridgewater State University Nov. 2, 2013.
See on www.slideshare.net
Concerned about more severe storms and increased risk of flooding? Wondering how cities and towns can address these risks? Join us for an interactive workshop to address these questions!
October 23, November 6 or 19
6:00 to 8:30 pm
Cranston Senior Center
1070 Cranston Street, Cranston, RI
These events are free and a light supper will be provided. Please register here to attend. Everyone is welcome! Using role-play simulations- or games- the workshop will allow participants to explore ways to decrease the community’s vulnerability to flooding and its impacts on homes, infrastructure, economic stability, and quality of life.
Questions? Please contact Toral Patel at email@example.com. For further project information please visit http://necap.mit.edu.
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Seth Dixon‘s insight:
Take part in Earth Science Week 2013! Held October 13-19, ESW 2013 will promote awareness of the many exciting uses of maps and mapping technologies in the geosciences. “Mapping Our World,” the theme of ESW 2013, engages young people and the public in learning how geoscientists, geographers, and other mapping professionals use maps to represent land formations, natural resource deposits, bodies of water, fault lines, volcanic activity, weather patterns, travel routes, parks, businesses, population distribution, our shared geologic heritage, and more. Maps help show how the Earth systems – geosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere – interact.
See on www.earthsciweek.org