Looking for the latest COGA Newsletter? Check out the Fall 2014 edition with information about upcoming workshops, featuring Teaching with Primary Sources, geographers' travels, and Geography Awareness Week!
National Geographic has a new resource for educators: FREE tabletop-sized state maps.
The maps were designed to reflect spatial thinking research at the elementary level. All maps visually represent the appropriate amount of information for K-5 students. However, they can be used by any grade level. Click here to find the map of Colorado. Look for state GeoTours coming soon from National Geographic!
Teaching with Primary Sources Workshop 11/8 from 8-5 pm!
Over the next few years, COGA will be scheduling workshops across Colorado in conjunction with TPS to support teachers in their work with primary sources such as maps, images, and texts and assisting them in interpretation using geography methods and materials. The first workshop will be in Denver at Metropolitan State University on November 8th! Get the application here.
National Geographic is preparing for the 2015 GeoBee! Participate with thousands of other schools and spark an interest in geography. Students in grades 4-8 are eligible. All registration will be online. Be sure to get a registration reminder, and try the daily GeoBee Challenge!
COGA Teachers Provide Lessons for Students Considering Life on Mars When joining the Colorado Geographic Alliance workshop focused on geospatial technology this past June, inservice and preservice teachers may not have realized that they were going to be expected to think about using GIS on Mars. In addition to developing lessons they will use in their classrooms in the fall, participants created projects to analyze efficient routes on Mars, calculate effects of soil temperature, and assess optimal places for settlement. Students conducted some of their lessons at Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs. For additional information about summer science camps sponsored through the Center for STEM Education, visit the UCCS website.
Teaching Geography with Primary Sources
Educators from Geographic Alliances in Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, and Oregon gathered in Portland at the beginning of July with facilitators from the Library of Congress' Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) Western Region program. This design workshop provided direction on developing workshops and state-based model lessons using primary sources to teach geography at any grade level. The Library of Congress website has a treasure trove of primary sources, including maps, images, and text documents, that can enrich teaching in all areas of social studies, including geography. The TPS program offers instruction on teaching with primary resources, and together with Geographic Alliances across the country this project will plan, implement, and evaluate workshops that will structure ways to guide teachers in making the best use of geographic analysis for primary resources in classrooms. If you or your district is interested in being part of the next round of workshops in Colorado, please email email@example.com.
Seeking something we've shared in the past? Easily search our archives of lesson plans, resources, videos, maps, and other content on our Blogger site. Look for upcoming Geography Awareness Week material!
The Colorado Geographic Alliance endeavors to:
Instill and nurture spatial awareness and geographic literacy, by changing our understanding and experience of the world.
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