Geography

Valley and Ridge | Regions of Georgia

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Learn about the Valley and Ridge region of Georgia, including how it was formed, its climate, wildlife, location, and industry.

This video is a part of GPB Education’s Regions of Georgia virtual field trip, which you can view here

Weird Wonderful West Virginia | Soda Straws and Hoppers: Organ Cave

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Explore the geologic features and the history of West Virginia's Organ Cave. Learn about the natural creation of the stalactites and stalagmites and the importance of the cave during the Civil War.

Russia | Teaching Geography: Workshop 6

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Russia is a vast region, characterized by diverse physical and human geographical features. This one hour video workshop investigates the relationships of these features to Russia's past, present, and future. Using the Russian examples of St. Petersburg and Dagestan, consider first how urban centers develop and later the intercultural relationships of cooperation and conflict. Two educators demonstrate their strategies to bring the subject matter alive to their students.

The Pilgrims: Native American Relationship to the Land

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Explore differences in historical perspectives with respect to Native Americans and the land at the time the Plymouth Colony was established, in this adapted DVD extra from AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: The Pilgrims. A Native anthropologist disputes a prominent 17th-century English text that describes Native people as “heathens” and “not industrious,” and their land as “spacious and void.” Historian Linda Coombs describes how Native people lived and moved over the land, taking what they needed without destroying it. The English text and a contemporary analysis written by Plimoth Plantation historians are included in Support Materials. Teaching Tips offer suggestions for how to integrate the resources into your teaching. This resource is part of the American Experience: The Pilgrims collection.

Click on the links below to download customizable Teaching Tips and a video transcript for this resource.

Teaching Tips Transcript

Ethnic Fragmentation in Canada | The Power of Place

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This half hour video program features two case studies on Canada: Vancouver: Hong Kong East and Montreal: An Island of French. The first segment focuses on the emerging Pacific Rim metropolis of Vancouver and the consequences of a recent influx of wealthy Hong Kong Chinese immigrants into the area. The second segment examines the French-speaking population within Montreal, its turbulent history with the English-speaking minority, and the ongoing efforts to resist linguistic domination in North America.

Botanicas: Markets of the Divine | Religion & Ethics Newsweekly

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This video from Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly explores the emergence and popularity of botanicas, shops that feature a variety of spiritual and religious merchandise and services, including candles, incense, potions, powders, icons, statues and consultations. The botanicas offer immigrants in the United States a place to go to maintain and sustain their customs and beliefs. Indio Products, one of the largest botanicas in Southern California, is featured, as is an interview with Ysamur Flores, an expert on Caribbean and Latino folklore, who discusses how botanicas reflect a uniquely Caribbean approach to faith.

The Workers Cup | Lesson Plan Clips: Balancing Profits and Paychecks - Rights of Foreign Workers and Responsibilities of their Employers

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In this lesson, students will use a real-life situation—the construction boom occurring as Qatar prepares to host the 2022 World Cup—to investigate a workforce development plan for a fictional U.S. company. They will work in teams to research various facets of the issue and write final recommendations as if they were presenting written reports to higher management. The task will require them to learn about Qatar, consider ethical labor practices and human rights standards and think through workers’ needs as they make decisions about whether to invest company resources. 

To prepare for their task, students will view clips from the documentary The Workers Cup, which provides students with an extraordinary opportunity to learn about the lives of foreign workers currently in Qatar.

Barrier Islands | Physical Features of Georgia

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Learn about Georgia’s barrier islands and the role they played in early America as well as how they protect the mainland against storms. 

Iowa's Geological Diversity | Iowa Land and Sky

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Take a short visual tour of Iowa's geological diversity, featuring unique geological features in each of Iowa's landform regions across the state.

Finding Fish in Lots of Water

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This NC Now Coastwatch segment documents how shifting currents near the shores of North Carolina's Cape Hatteras makes it one of the most unique fishing areas in the world, and how recreational and commerical fishers navigate it. It also addresses the marine electronics and technologies which aid the commercial fishing industry.

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