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Volume 7, Issue 4 - November 2004

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To get your palette whet for this month's issue, first check out the results at http://geosurvey.nationalgeographic.com/geosurvey/ of the 2002 Geography Literacy Survey from National Geographic; it will make you think twice about how well your students have mastered those concepts! Also, be sure to bookmark another National Geographic site, XPEDITIONS http://www.nationalgeographic.com/xpeditions/ to access the geography standards we all strive to teach. And now.....a great collection of geography resources!

Climate Map of the US
JAVA applet of all fifty states; click on areas of interest to learn more about climate in specific regions.

Geo Teacher
A research tool for students and geography links and other resources for high school; 600 links to resources, references, and lesson plans for geography and sociology.

Virtual destinations around the globe to help your students further experience the physical geography of the world around them.


Based on National Geography Standards, this game challenges students to apply knowledge of geography in a number of different contexts and can last up to 2 hours.

Map Machine
National Geographic presents this searchable collection of maps, also available by category. Check out the conservation maps to see something completely different.

Mapmaker, Mapmaker, Make Me a Map
Will Fontanez of the Cartographic Services Laboratory at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville has designed this exploration of cartography especially for students.

David Leveson of the Geography Department at Brooklyn College put together these straightforward tutorials on basic concepts in making and reading maps.

Mathematics of Cartography
Well-done interdisciplinary tutorial on map making - not too heavy on the graphics either; from Rice University.

Theban Mapping Project
The process of mapping major monuments and burial sites along the west bank of the Nile, including the Valley of the Kings and KV5.

Multimedia presentation on U.S. history and geography with additional resources for purchase; nice clickable map, too.

Zip Code, Area Code, City, County & Time Zone Cross Refs
Just type in the code and it will bring up all kinds of geographic and demographic data on a community or region - even zip code maps.

Where is That?
Funbrain game in which maps come up on the screen and students must identify countries, states and capitals.

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