This page features a rotating selection of materials, events, and activities that are available through our sister geographic alliances. Don't worry! We won't cancel your GAI membership for participating in other state alliances or incorporating their resources--in fact, we STRONGLY encourage it!
TAGE has an abundant collection of Teacher Materials on their website, including videos, webinars, podcasts, EOC questions, teaching handouts and lesson plans. The video section in particular addresses a wide variety of geographic topics. All the videos are teachers giving a lesson over a specific topic during an actual class, and provide a great visual and resource for educators to use.
A menu of all of the TAGE Teacher Materials can be found here.
One unique feature of this alliance is their classroom resource, Indian Educator for All. On this webpage, educators and students alike can find information about Native Americans in Montana and around the nation that relates to social studies/geography. One such link, PlaceNames Project, is about students gaining a sense of place through defining identity, how people think, and how people live in a given landscape. It stresses the point that land and its seasonal round can become a teacher, and bind people to a place, shaping habits of mind and worldviews.
To view the PlaceNames Project, click here.
The Vermont Geographic Alliance holds a very cool, unique event called Giant Traveling Maps. They bring giant floor maps of the of the continents to schools that are made for walking on. Each map is approximately 26' x 35' and comes with a trunk full of of ideas and materials for a variety of lessons. The activities incorporate physical movement and games to teach geography and map reading skills to students grades K-8.
To learn more, click here.
One interesting feature of the California Geographic Alliance website is its Resource page. Sounds boring right? Wrong! There are tons of neat links to a varity of geographic topics, such as national programs, mapping, online learning games, and teaching maps. The online learning games in particular are a fun and effective way to peak student interest in geography.
The Resource page can be found here.
Alliance created programs GeoLiteracy, GeoMath, and GeoHistory are used to increase student achievement on state-mandated tests and promote geographic education by linking every geography performance objective to tested associated standards. Practicing reading and writing skills, math skills, and history skills, and maximizing classroom instruction time are benefits to GeoLiteracy. Lessons of GeoLiteracy are research based, piloted with diverse populations, and based on standards.