TEACHING RESOURCE BULLETIN No. 14
PROMOTING AND SUPPORTING THE IMPROVEMENT OF GEOGRAPHY EDUCATION
Vermont Geography Alliance Office (802) 654 2488 (anytime -- voice mail available)
resource materials have been acquired by the Vermont Geographic Alliance for
educational use and are available for preview or classroom use for up to four
weeks. Items are listed
alphabetically and grouped by format. An
asterisk (*) appears before items primarily intended for reference use by
The following resource materials have been acquired by the Vermont Geographic Alliance for educational use and are available for preview or classroom use for up to four weeks. Items are listed alphabetically and grouped by format. An asterisk (*) appears before items primarily intended for reference use by teachers.
The Alliance provides packaging and shipping to your location. You are responsible for return postage.
Large Format Atlases
Blank Outline Maps
Learning Resource Kits
Vermont/New England Resources
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1. Atlas of North America - Space Age Portraits of a Continent. Shows our amazingly varied continent through the skillful marriage of cartography and remote sensing. Traditional physical and political maps are juxtaposed with satellite images and descriptive text (pp. 264). Grade 4 - Adult
2. Historical Atlas of the United States. Published by the National Geographic Society on its 100th birthday. This high quality reference guide contains maps, photographs, illustrations and interpretive graphs depicting a historical geography of the United States. Every two pages is a self-standing lesson. Topics range from climate and geology to immigration and the development of agriculture and industry. Grade 4 - Adult
Note: The VGA has obtained 15 copies of this valuable resource so that teachers may borrow multiple copies for class use. Due to weight constraints, multiple copies cannot be mailed. However, arrangements can be made for you to pick up a set for the four-week loan period.
3. National Geographic Atlas of the World, seventh edition. This comprehensive atlas contains topical maps of the world, regional political reference maps, close-up maps of major urban areas, written profiles of each country plus 150,000 place-name index (pp. 134 plus complete index). Grade 4 - Adult
4. National Geographic World Atlas for Young Explorers. Includes detailed maps and information on how to read and use maps. Also contains facts about the earth’s climate, cultures, and life forms. Produced by NGS (176pgs.). Grades 3 - 7
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Blank Outline Maps
5. 1998 NCGE Outline Map Black line Masters. A set of 23 outline maps, reflecting 1996 political boundaries, which may be reproduced for classroom use. The maps included in the set are: World Map centered on Prime Meridian; World Map centered on international Dateline; Australia & New Zealand; Western Hemisphere; Eastern Hemisphere; Latin America; North America; South America; Asia; Africa; Europe; Antarctica; Pacific Rim; Central & Eastern Europe; Mediterranean Region; Southwest Asia/North Africa; The Former Soviet Union; South Central Asia; Southeast Asia; The United States; Canada; Mexico with its states; Middle America.
5a. NGS MapPack Continents Series.
One MapPack for each of the six inhabited continents. Each Pak contains full-color, thematic transparencies, blackline resource masters, student activity masters, and comprehensive Teacher's Guide. Specify continent(s) when ordering. Grades 4-9.
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6. Exploring Mexico. CD-ROM two-disc set designed specifically for classroom use by the Utah Geographic Alliance. Disc one contains a multicultural, interactive program intended to introduce teachers and students to Mexico through visual and textual information. Disc two is a resource filled with useful materials that can be used to create impressive presentations or student projects. Easy to use and adaptable to many grade levels. Macintosh and Windows compatible.
7. Material World. "One of the best CD-ROMs on the market." Thirty families from around the world are photographed in front of their house with all their belongings. Voice, item lists, there answers to a 70-item questionnaire, and even notes from the photojournalist who visited them, are all packed on this disc. This CD-ROM is truly amazing for students of all ages. For Macintosh computers and require 4 megabytes of RAM, 256 color monitor, and sound board.
8. Small Blue Planet: Real Picture World Atlas. Contains serial satellite images of the world from a variety of viewpoints. An excellent additional feature is the language option: clock on a place and hear their local greeting (and about 15 phrases) in the local language (or languages). For Macintosh computers and require 4 megabytes of RAM, 256 color monitor, and sound board.
9. Small Blue Planet: The Cities Below. Takes you eight miles above the planet to see the cities of North America. Maps and aerial photographs are intertwined in a most interesting way. For Macintosh computers and require 4 megabytes of RAM, 256 color monitor, and sound board.
10. Earth’s Climate: Picture Show. The NGS uses pictures to enliven basic concepts in science and social studies. The program asks two main questions, “What is climate?” and “Why does climate change?” System requirements: Either a Mac 7.1 or higher and 8Mb of RAM, or Windows 95 and at least 16Mb of RAM. Grades 4-9.
11. South Carolina Interactive Geography. Produced by the South Carolina Geographic Alliance, this CD focuses on the present day and historical geography of the state. System requirements: Windows. Grades 4 – 12
12. A Topographic Field Trip of Washington D.C. Uses topographic maps for an interactive tour of Washington. System Requirements: At least 8Mb of RAM, system 7 or greater, and a Mac compatible CD-ROM drive. Middle School Level
13. Topo: Interactive Maps, Vermont and the Green Mountains. Provides a complete and seamless set of 7.5 USGS topographic maps for Vermont. System Requirements: Windows 3.1 or higher, 4Mb of RAM minimum, 8-bit color monitor and 2x CD-ROM drives. Grades 4+ with supervision
14. US Regional Geography: Southeast Picture Show. The NGS uses pictures to describe the region’s physical geography, how it has influenced settlement patterns, an the way people have changed the region’s environment. System requirements: Mac or Windows, at least 8 Mb of RAM. Grades 4 – 9
15. US Regional Geography: Southwest Picture Show. The NGS uses pictures to provide a general introduction to the physical and cultural geography of the Southwest. System Requirements: same as above. Grades 4 – 9
16. The Westward Movement Picture Show. The NGS uses pictures to follow explorers, pioneers, and settlers as they blaze a trail from the original 13 colonies. System Requirements: Mac or Windows 2.0 or better.Grades 4 – 9
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17. Ancient Cities: A Geographic Perspective. Four filmstrip cassettes, 15 minutes each. Identifies three ancient cities from each of four areas. Describes early settlements growing into cities, the importance of climate, water, and land, and identifies unique contributions of ancient civilizations. Cities of Africa, Americas, Asia, and Europe. Grade 6 - 9
18. Discovering Globes. Two filmstrip cassettes, 15 minutes each. Introduces basic globe skills. Discusses similarities between globes and earth, physical and political globes, longitude and latitude, the equator, the poles, night and day, and the seasons. Grade 3 - 6
19. The Earth Beneath Your Feet. Two filmstrip cassettes, 15 minutes each. Introduces earth's changing surface -- weathering, erosion, earthquakes, and volcanoes. Discusses rocks and minerals, how soil forms. Grade K - 4
20. Geography of Europe, Part I, Northern Europe. One film, 17 minutes. Depicts architecture, industry, customs, and life in the cities and countryside. Major topographical features discussed. Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, and Iceland. Grade 6 - Adult
21. Geography of Europe, Part II, Western Europe. Three films, 17 minutes each. Covers United Kingdom, Ireland, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg, France, and Monaco. Grade 6 - Adult
22. Geography of Europe, Part III, Central Europe. Three films, 17 minutes each. Covers Germany, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Austria, Poland, Czechoslovakia, and Hungary. Grade 6 - Adult
23. Geography of Europe, Part IV, Southern Europe. Three films, 17 minutes each. Covers the Balkan Countries, Italy, Spain, and Portugal. Grade 6 - Adult
24. Maps and What We Learn From Them. Three filmstrip cassettes, 15 minutes each. Discusses how the round earth is projected onto flat paper. Students learn about map symbols, coordinates, map legends, and compare early maps to modern maps. Titles: Reading Maps, Using Maps, Making Maps. Grade 3 - 6
25. More Than Maps: A Look at Geography. Three filmstrip cassettes, 16 minutes each. Discusses basic principles and topics in geography and how geography helps people in their jobs. Titles: What is Geography? Geography and the World Around You. Geography at Work. Grade 5 - 12
26. Our Ever Changing Earth. Two filmstrip cassettes, 15 minutes each. Explains how plate tectonics work, how volcanoes, rifts, faults, and earthquakes develop, how mountains form, weathering and erosion. Titles: Plate Tectonics -- An Introduction. Changing the Earth's Surface.
Grade 4 - 9
27. Portraits of the Continents, Part I, North and South America. Two filmstrip cassettes, 16 minutes each. Discusses physical geography of each continent and focuses on major physiographic regions: Western Mountains, the Canadian Shield, the Appalachian Mountains, the Coastal Plain, Pacific Coastlands, the Andes, and Eastern Highlands. Grade 4 - 9
28. Portraits of the Continents, Part II, Australia, Antarctica.
Two filmstrip cassettes, 16 minutes each. Discusses Australia's physical regions: Western Plateau, Central Lowlands, and Great Dividing Range. Discusses how Antarctica's Trans Antarctic Mountains divide the continent and explains glaciers, ice shelves, and dry valleys. Grade 4 - 9
29. Portraits of the Continents, Part III, Africa, Asia, Europe. Three filmstrip cassettes, 16 minutes each. Discusses major physical regions of the three continents. Grade 4 - 9
30. What is a Map? Two filmstrip cassettes, 16 minutes each. Teaches basic map reading skills by describing various components of maps such as perspective, symbols, legends, directions, distance, and scale. Titles: Find the Way. How Near-How Far? Grade K - 2
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31. Discovering Maps. Six minute audiocassettes, 30 booklets, and six activity sheets (which can be copied). Introduces basic map concepts such as direction, symbols, and map keys. Children acquire the skills to examine and appreciate their environment from a new perspective. Grade K - 2
32. Earth 2U, Exploring Geography Traveling Trunk. A traveling exhibit produced by the Smithsonian Institution. Housed in a large trunk are layers of geographic activities appropriate for elementary classrooms. Contains videos, CD-ROM, a filmstrip, picture books, maps, thematic grab bags, several cultural artifacts, and more. Part of the trunk can be turned into a display table. Best for grades 3-5. Must be picked up; call VGA office for arrangements.
33. Habitat: Realm of the Tiger Resource Kit. Produced by NGS and correlated to the national standards in geography, science, and math, this kit introduces students to the complex life history of one of the world's grandest organisms: the tiger. Focusing on tigers in a contextual basis, the kit's activities provide students with engaging interdisciplinary lessons that explore larger issues of ecological importance. Includes 40 transparencies, 100-page teacher's guide, two videos, handouts, three posters and a set of trivia cards. Grade 5 - 9
34. Our Planet Earth. 12 minute audiocassette, 30 booklets, and six activity sheets (which can be copied). Examines the diverse features of our planet earth: oceans, mountains, rivers, etc. Looks at the variety of life in the air, water, and on land. Grade K - 2
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35. Adventures in Your National Parks. Includes a teachers' guide and provides an introduction to the national parks of the United States and Canada through the adventures of various young people as they explore Yellowstone, Yosemite, the Everglades, Cape Cod, Pacific Rim Crater Lake, and Grand Canyon - 96 pages. Grade 2 - 6
36. Amazing Animals of Australia. Includes a classroom activities folder and describes the continent's unique animals and helping them survive in the outback, scrub-land, sea, shore, rain forest, woodland, and on the island of Tasmania (pp. 104). Grade 4 - 8
37. America's Ancient Cities. The rise of settled villages and the growth of towns and cities were two of the most important developments in human history. This book presents current archaeological views on a variety of permanent settlements in pre-Columbian North America, from small villages in Alaska to major urban centers in Mesoamerica (pp. 200). Grade 6 - Adult
38. Emerald Realm: Earth's Precious Rainforest. Discusses the diversity of plant and animal life in the rainforests of the world, why they are vital to our existence, and that rainforests are increasingly imperiled today (pp. 200) Grade 5 - Adult
39. Exploring Our Living Planet. Describes the earth as a body in motion, alive, and ever changing. The quest for discovering how to predict the earth's convulsions as well as how to better harness the great energy inside is presented in categories of "Spreading," "Hotspots," "Slipping," and "Collision" (pp. 366). Grade 6 - Adult
40. Exploring Your World. A general encyclopedia of physical and human geography containing 334 alphabetically arranged entries and more than 1000 illustrations, including photographs, maps and charts (pp 608). Grade 4 - Adult
41. Geography Assessment Framework for the 1994 National Assessment of Educational Progress. Pre-publications draft. This is the first of four documents designed to guide the NAEP geography assessment which will have a significant effect upon the teaching of geography in schools and upon policy regarding geography's role in the curriculum.
42. *Geography for Educators: Standards, Themes, and Concepts. A new text for K-12 teachers emphasizing the content of geography, rather than specific teaching strategies, and written for teachers who may be feeling a bit overwhelmed by the new national geography standards. Geography is presented as a conceptual and integrative way to think about how Earth systems work. Written for those who want to incorporate a geographical perspective into their classrooms, and for those who teach courses with "geography" in the title. Excellent bibliographies at the end of each chapter (355 pages). Teacher/Administrator
43. *Geography for Life: National Geography Standards 1994. "What every young American should know about geography." The first comprehensive consensus of standards for K-12 geography education, developed by the Geography Education Standards Project on behalf of the American Geographical Society, Association of American Geographers, National Council for Geographic Education, and the National Geographic Society. Beautifully illustrated and organized around six essential elements of geography and the eighteen standards, which are presented for K-4, 5-8, 9-12 grade levels (pp. 272). Teachers K - 12
44. Grand Canyon Country. Two billion years of the earth's story is revealed in the layers of rock and fossils exposed by the Colorado River's 277 mile gash into Arizona's red rock country. Probes the canyon's history and people (pp. 200). Grade 5 - Adult
45. The Great Southwest. Describes the special qualities that are unique to this part of the United States due to the influences of ancient Indian cultures, the Conquistadors, soldiers, trappers, and cowboys as well as pioneers of today (pp. 200) Grade 5 - Adult
46. Living on the Earth. Describes living in: Arid Lands, the Arctic, on Islands, with Forests, on Grasslands, by Rivers, in Highlands, and on Coasts (pp. 320). Grade 6 - Adult
47. Mountain Adventure: Exploring the Appalachian Trail. Explores the history, flora, fauna, human population, and terrain of this 2,100 mile trail between Maine and Georgia (pp. 200). Grade 5 - Adult
48. Mountain Worlds. When plates collide, the thin skin of Earth is thrust up, creating mountains from the wreckage. The effects mountains have on our climate, history, and human activity is examined by looking at the major mountain ranges on Earth (pp. 320). Grade 6 - Adult
49. Natural Wonders of North America. Includes a classroom activity folder. Describes some of the spectacular land formations created by the forces of nature in seven geological regions of North America (pp. 104). Grade 2 - 6
50. Nature's World of Wonders. Five seasoned explorers take journeys to all seven continents in search of nature's wonders. They bring to the reader an understanding that nature is complex and simple, powerful and delicate, and fleeting and enduring (pp. 200). Grade 5 - Adult
51. New England: Land of Scenic Splendor. The roots of New England, the variety of the landscape, the cities and culture and its multifaceted people are the topic of this regional book (pp. 200).
Grade 5 - Adult
52. Our Fifty States. A pictorial atlas of the United States featuring regional maps, photographs and textual information about each of the fifty states. (264 pgs) Grades 4 – 8
53. Our World. A pictorial atlas that helps children to understand global economics, population, and hunger problems, and the need for international care of the environment. Each country is explored through maps, photos, and textual descriptions. (256 pages) Grades 4 - 8
54. *Rediscovering Geography: New Relevance for Science and Society. Published by the National Research Council, this "highly readable" publication is the first comprehensive assessment of geography in the United States in almost 30 years. It provides a broad overview of the discipline and shows how its perspectives and tools are being used by educators, researchers, and others to address a wide range of scientific problems and societal needs. Especially useful for those who want to know more about the relevance and use of geography or to justify its inclusion or expansion in the curriculum (234 pages).
55. Secret Corners of the World. Glimpses of six faraway places portraying lands and people off the beaten tracks of the world: The Marquesas, Afghanistan, Tierra del Fuego, The Santa Martas, Alpujarras, and Ruwenzori mountains (pp. 200). Grade 7 – 12
56. Surprising Lands Down Under. Describes the peoples of Australia and New Zealand, both native and of British descent (pp. 200). Grade 7 – 12
57. *Water in the Global Environment. Provides educators with an introduction to some of the important issues related to water and with learning activities that facilitate presentation of these issues in the classroom (pp. 57). Teachers 6 - 12
58. Wildlife Making a Comeback. Focuses on previously endangered species that have made comebacks and avoided extinction through world efforts towards wildlife conservation. Includes poster and teacher's guide
(pp. 104). Grade 2 - 6
59. The World's Wild Shores. Wild coastlines in untrammeled areas in five major climate zones are explored (pp. 200). Grade 5 - 12
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Vermont/New England Resources
60. An Introduction to Boston and New England: Images and Encounters. (1999) Site guide for the 1999 NCGE Boston meeting contains 7 chapters covering such areas/topics as greater Boston area, New England place-names, and the ephemeral landscape of Cape Cod. Also includes 5 standards-based learning activities covering grades 1 – 12. A Pathways in Geography resource publication of the National Council for Geographic Education (NCGE) 119 pages.
61. *The Nature of Vermont, by Charles W. Johnson (1998). Newly expanded version of the well- illustrated natural history of Vermont. Particularly good as a supplementary text and useful field guide for the study of Vermont's environment (pp. 354).
62. *North Woods, by Peter Marchand (1987). A readable guide to the ecology of northern forests and alpine tundra in the northeastern United States (pp. 141).
63. *This Lake Alive! An interdisciplinary Handbook for Teaching and Learning about the Lake Champlain Basin. Written and edited by Amy B. Demarest, (1997). "A monumental achievement…" Units on ecology, geography, geology, history, nautical archeology, language arts, math, and research, complete with excellent illustrations, maps, and activities, this book's got it covered from action to zebra mussels (pp. 502).
64. The Story of Vermont: A Natural and Cultural History. (1999) A multidisciplinary examination of the historical interaction between mane and the natural environment in Vermont. Written by Christopher Klyza and Stephen Trombulak of the Environmental Studies program at Middlebury College (240 pages)
65. Time and Change in Vermont: A Human Geography. (1986) A geographer’s perspective on the land-use history and modern patterns of change in Vermont. Contains 15 chapters including such topics as pioneer settlement, railroad development, manufacturing, the recreation industry, and changing agriculture, each well illustrated with maps, tables, graphs and photographs. By Harold Meeks and published by The Globe Pequot Press (360 pages)
66. *Vermont's Land and Resources, by Harold Meeks (1986). A geographer's tour of Vermont's natural environment and explanation of the physical forces that have shaped it. Includes sections on the spatial and historical patterns of use of the state's major natural resources (pp. 332).
67. Water Champs: Water Quality in the Champlain Drainage Basin. The Champlain Basin provides the context for a 4-5 week study unit on human impacts on watersheds. Includes an on-going stream monitoring component (pp. 85). Grade 5 - 9
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68. *Explore Your World: GIS in K-12 Education. (17 minutes) Good introduction to the role of geographic information systems (GIS) technology in enhancing the teaching of geography. Examples of how three different school systems have successfully integrated GIS with geography education (ESRI). Teachers - K - 12
69. *Geography for Life. (13 minutes) Narrated introduction to, and explanation of, the six themes of geography. Visually illustrated with the best of National Geographic photographs. Excellent accompaniment for discussions/workshops on the National Geography Standards (NGS). Teachers - K - 12
70. Africa: Continent of Contrasts. (35 minutes) Highlights of the continent’s major physical geography, diversity of peoples and cultures, history and forms of livelihood. Emphasizes contrasts between major environmental zones. Produced by EVN. Grades 4-9.
71. Cadillac Desert: Water and the Transformation of Nature. The definitive video series on the history, ecological impacts, engineering, politics and future prospects of water use (and mis-use) in the American West and other selected arid regions of the world. Produced for PBS in 1997, for separate video segments: 1) Mulholland’s Dream – chronicles the extraordinary efforts to secure water and water rights for growing city o Los Angeles between 1903 and 1980 (90mins); 2) an American Nile – the transformation of the Colorado River (60 mins); 3) The Mercy of Nature – the transformation of California’s Central Valley (60 mins); 4) Last Oasis – examines big dam building and water schemes in India, China, and other regions of the world 60 mins). Comes with a discussion and viewer’s guide. Grades 9+
72. Celebrating Cajun Culture. (20 mins) A brief look at the origins and traditions of Cajun culture in southern Louisiana. Produced bur EVN. Grades 4 –9.
73. Introducing China. (28 minutes) Gives a brief overview of major geographic regions and history of China. EVN Production. Grades 7 – 12
74. India: Land of Spirit and Mystique. (55 minutes) Explores the different cultures, landscapes and religions of India. Also contains a brief history of the subcontinent. EVN production. Grades 7 – 12
75. The Living Earth. (25 minutes) NGS produced introduction to the earth's ecosphere. Topics covered include: atmosphere, global heat distribution, moisture cycle of the rainforest, global warming, photosynthesis, and the impact of human activity on the environment. Grade 9 - 12
76. Mapping Your World. (17 minutes) A cartographer introduces many types of maps, from mental maps to star charts. The student is shown how to interpret different types of maps, locate places, determine distances and direction, and to think of maps as research tools (NGS) Grade 4 - 6
77. North America - Physical Geography Series. (Each: 20 minutes [approximately]) Topics for each region examined include: landforms, climate and vegetation, historical settlement, special characteristics, and sub regions. Produced by NGS. Grade 4 - 9
Regions Include: Central Lowland, East
, NorthlandsPacific Edge
, Rocky Mountains,Western Dry lands
78. Physical Geography of the Continents Series. (Each: 25 minutes [approximately]) Topics for each continent examined include: relative location, major physical features, patterns of climate, vegetation and wildlife, and human impacts. Produced by NGS. Grade 4 - 9
Regions Include: Africa
, South America
79. Polar Prowl. (40 minutes) A new National Geographic Kids Video that travels to the Arctic and Antarctic regions to find out about polar animals (NGS). Grade K - 3
80. The Rain Forest: Treasure House of Biodiversity. (28 minutes) Excellent visual coverage and narration of the location and types of rain forests, their ecology, physical structure, and delicate nutrient balance. Includes reproducible copy of objectives and study questions/answers. Produced by EVN. Grade 7 - 12
81. Reflections on Water. (13 minutes) This documentary examines the nature and geography of water, its uses and misuses by humans, and the need for conservation. Produced by EVN. Grade 5 - 9
82. Rivers of Life: Bangladesh. (10 minutes) Brief photo essay on the land and people of Bangladesh and the struggle for economic development. Includes teaching guide. Produced by the World Bank. Grade 7 - 12
83. River Song: A Natural History of the Colorado River in Grand Canyon. (40 minutes) A beautifully filmed look at the Grand Canyon, its ecology, geology, early exploration, ancient cultures, and alteration by Glenn Canyon dam. Includes a rafting segment tracing Powell's early voyage and observations. Produced by Grand Canyon Natural History Association. Grade 6 - 12
84. Tropical Kingdom of Belize. (60 minutes) Explores the diverse natural environment and wildlife of the tiny Central American country of Belize, from Maya Mountain's habitat to lowland tropical rainforest, coastal lagoons, and off-short coral reef (NGS). Grade 4 - 12
85. United States Geography Series. Each video approx. 25 mins. Each video explores a major region of the US. Produced by NGS. Grades 4-9. Video titles include:
The Great Lakes States, The Mid-Atlantic States
, The Mountain States
, The Pacific Coast States, and The Upper South
86. Video Travel Library Series: Video Visits. (each approximately 50 minutes) Narrated visits that focus on each country's physical and human landscapes/regions, people, culture, and history. Produced by EVN. Grade 7 - 12
Videos include: Argentina: Land of Natural Wonder
,Japan: The Island Empire
, Puerto RicoArgentina: Land of Wonder, and Brazil: Heart Of South America
, Vietnam: Land of the Ascending Dragon,
87. Women of Saudi Arabia. (15 minutes) A female NGS staffer on assignment in Saudi Arabia gains knowledge and insights on Saudi cultural behavior and norms. Produced by NGS. Grade 7 - 12
88. China: Beyond The Clouds. (120 minutes, 2 videos)
Award winning documentary about life in Lijiang, a small market town in southwest China,
during time of dramatic social transformation in post Cultural Revolution China.
Vendor Guide: ESRI = Environmental Research Systems Institute
EVN = Educational Video Network, Inc.
NGS = National Geographic Society
- Additions to the guide will be placed here for up to a year when they will be integrated into their proper place in the guide.
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