Teacher’s Guide to Structuring an 8th Grade Global Studies Course while Integrating the Minnesota State Standards: The 2011 Minnesota Standards in Social Studies require that 8th grade will be a Global Studies course, including 29 Geography, 12 History, 4 Economics, and 3 Government and Citizenship benchmarks. This document provides effective ways to teach an 8th grade Global Studies course with MAGE recommended units and resources. In each of the 2 proposed pacing guides, the year starts with an overview, followed by 8 regional units. Benchmarks have been placed in each unit, many with suggested activities and resources. “Skills” benchmarks are listed on a separate page (gray background), but some skills should be included in each unit. Local needs may require that benchmarks be moved to other units.This is a working document that will continue to be updated.
Monitoring student progress and growth is an essential part of teaching and learning! The MAGE Geoliteracy team has developed assessment models and supporting curriculum in the areas of: Cultural, Economic, Environmental, Political, Population, Urban and General Geography to help students achieve Geoliteracy.
How should a K-12 teacher use a geospatial technology such as Google Earth in the classroom? Should they have students pinpoint a series of locations and measure the connecting distances, essentially using the technology as a mere digital representation of the traditional globe? Or, should they encourage learners to harness the powerful data-driven affordances of the technology to make and justify decisions on contemporary issues? We believe it is the latter scenario; this is the foundation of GeoThentic!
MAPPING Minnesota, a collection of nine geography lessons developed to incorporate selected maps from the Minnesota Historical Society’s (MHS) exhibit, ‘Minnesota on the Map:’ Four Centuries of Maps from the MHS Collection.
An educational website to accompany the MAGE film project about Minnesota history and the science and politics involved in exploring and defining the “True Source” of the Mississippi River Headwaters.Interviews with regional experts on the history, geography, culture, and settlement of the region, and how these played a part in the definition and preservation of the headwaters, are also an important part of the story.
The nine geography lessons and 33 black line master maps have been designed specifically to enable students to master the essential skill standards. The black line maps were designed for use on overhead projectors and also for use by individual students. The 4-color student desk map is designed so students have a personal map for reference and lesson activities.
K-12 curriculum designed to enable educators to teach the Minnesota State graduation requirements in geography.
Earthducation is a series of 7 expeditions to every continent over the course of 4 years (2011-2014) designed to create a world narrative of the dynamic intersections between education and sustainability. Teachers, students, and our online community expand upon this narrative to explore how education influences the future of our planet. Join the team on their next adventure at earthducation.com.
National Geographic Society’s endowed funds for geographic education. The foundation support National Geographic Education’s programs for educators and learners.
(February 2012 release)
The document can be found on the Minnesota Department of Education website. Scroll down to “Social Studies”; the PDF document is linked under “Document Download.”
MAGE offers a searchable set of lessons designed by teachers, for teachers. We are continually updating this set of lessons, which are tied to the most recent state social studies standards. Access and search the Lesson Warehouse here.
Thanks to Fred Kunze for this growing set of MAGE educational podcasts. The list is searchable by keywords, standards, and grade level. Access and search Podcasts here.