The Changing Face of America: Two activities where students interpret tables and census data to understand the implications of changing patterns in immigration at national, state, and local levels.
Objectives: understand historical and contemporary patterns of immigration to the United States, observe immigration markers in cultural landscapes, and identify trends in population changes in the state and community.
European Borders Through History: Students will compare maps of European borders at three points in history – after WWI and WWII and current borders of European Union countries – and look at how they have changed or remained the same and compare them to their own state or area.
Objectives: Make generalizations about what they have learned about changes in Europe, identify similar patterns of change in their local area or state, identify how political borders have changed over the past 100 years, compare changes in political borders to physical and cultural features of Europe.
Menancing Microbes: In this unit of activities, students can learn about how governments, communities, organizations, and individuals prevent and contain outbreaks of infectious diseases.
Objectives: Students will analyze a historical case study to learn about how epidemiologists use maps to locate the source of a disease, create action plans for how a community would respond to an outbreak, and take on the roles of epidemiologists and public health officials in a simulation to mobilize each other’s action plans.
Interdependence and You: Students explore the ways in which they are globally connected by identifying and mapping where the products they use come from, and then analyzing the import and export patterns.
Objectives: Students will identify the countries of origin of clothing and other products, map the countries of origin, and describe patterns of import and export on the map.