Geography and the Common Core

In 2010, most states in the United States (including Rhode Island) adopted the Common Core State Standards as the new standards.   The two main portions of the Common Core Standards are the English…

Will geography be permanently pushed out of the curriculum with the adoption of the Common Core? How can a teacher bolster spatial thinking and geo-literacy within the Common Core framework? If you’ve asked yourself these questions, this resource is for you.  Additionally, the GSEs in Rhode Island have changed…there are the new Grade Span Expectations. 

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Thanksgiving Student Activities

Find out how the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag Native Americans celebrated the first Thanksgiving together at Plymouth Plantation.

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and this is a great resource with videos, primary documents, virtual field trips and lesson plans for all grades, K-12.  Students can see aspects of lifestyles, housing types and economic activies of both the Pilgrims and the Wampanoags.  For more resources about the Mayflower and the historically re-enacted village, see the Plimoth Plantation website.

Tags: K12, seasonal, historical, colonialism, virtual tours.

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Aerial Photos of Hurricane Sandy Damage from NOAA’s National Geodetic Survey

“Emergency responders and members of the public can now get a birds-eye view of some of the destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy.” 

On the NOAA website, simply move your mouse back and forth over each image to view the “before and after” comparison. “Before” image captured by Google; “After” image captured by NOAA’s National Geodetic Survey.

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