27 topographic maps lessons

The USGS offers free topographic maps for most of the United States and provides 27 suggested topographic map lessons. Ideas include coordinates, scale, and map projections as well as less common things like the analysis of stereo aerial photographs.

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Geography Lessons Make a World of Difference in Education

A new nationwide survey finds overwhelming public support for geography at all levels of education and recognizes the discipline’s value in government and business.

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Education, Community Outreach Converge at Library

For Bob Carson, professor of geology and environmental studies at Whitman College, the eruption of Mount St. Helens in 1980 was a chance to teach and learn from witnessing an active volcano in the backyard of his own state. Carson shared that knowledge Wednesday at the Walla Walla Public Library, where the children's section became a virtual classroom.

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Geography for a Flat World

Geography isn’t what it used to be. Nowadays, that subject is often buried—and therefore inadequately covered—in a social studies curriculum itself under siege because of the extended commitment in schools to reading and math.

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Under the Radar

Like Kaya Henderson, chancellor of the District of Columbia Public Schools, the curricular subject of geography has been flying under the radar.

Geography Skills Become Essential in the Job Market

Geography for a Flat World

Schools are only beginning to prepare students for a changing landscape.