Teacher Resources

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.


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.

*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

*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


*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).


*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

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.


*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).


*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).


*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).


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)


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)


*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).


*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


*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