Geography Awareness Week 2016--November 13-19, 2016
"Explore The Power of Parks"
When: Celebrate and Explore the Power of Parks November 13 - 19, 2016! (GISday is on November 16, 2016!)
What: A week to learn about, celebrate, and share the importance of geography and geography education. It is an annual public awareness program that encourages citizens of all ages to think and learn about the significance of place and how we affect and are affected by it.
Who: Educators, parents, concerned citizens, students, and kids of all ages.
Where: Everywhere! In classrooms, family rooms, parks, streams, and everywhere in between.
Why: To understand Geography's unique contribution to students' education, and to our understanding of the world. GAW focuses on highlighting the importance of geo-literacy and geo-education. Read more about the history and importance of Geography Awareness Week here.
Geography Awareness Week 2016 Events, Activities & Resources:
- Find the downloadable GAW2016 APHG Bell-Ringers (created by Ken Keller) here. If you wish to receive them weekly, be sure to sign up and subscribe to receive them (free to members and non-members).
- Participate in a live GAW Twitter Chat! Join NCGE for a #GeoWeek Twitter Chat on Monday, November 14, 2016, from 8-9 p.m. EDT. Allison Hunt (@mrshuntsclass) will host this discussion. To participate in the discussion, please use the hashtag #ncgechat. Follow us on Twitter by searching for our handle, @NCGE1915.
- NCGE's GAW President's Column
- NCGE's GAW2016 Pinterest Board
- Barbara Petchenik Children's Map Competition 2017- Encourage your students to create an entry.
- Me on the Map: A Song and Lesson Plan for Geography Educators- A song by Grammy nominated children's musician, Brady Rymer, to celebrate Geography Awareness Week (with an accompanying lesson plan)!
- National Geographic, Explore the Power of Parks Activities
- Population and the Power of Parks: Geography Awareness Week 2016 from Population Education
- The National Parks -- LIVE! Take a ArcGIS map tour through National Parks across the United States via live webcams.
- National Parks History: 100 Years of the National Park Service Story Map
- National Park Memories- Submit your own memory/image in a crowd sourced story map!
- National Park Landmark Quiz
- Find a Park by State: Find your park and discover the national parks and programs in your own backyard!
- National Parks are America's largest classrooms. Find lesson plans about these great places from National Park Service here.
- The National Parks: America's Best Idea is a six-episode series produced by Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan. Here you can learn more about it and find accompanying lesson plans from PBS.
- 100 Years of the National Park Service Lesson Plan from USA.gov, Kids.gov
- Find Your Park's list of National Park Documentaries
- Bureau of Land Management's #mypubliclandsroadtrip2016 explores the diverse landscapes and resources on your public lands!
- GISday Lessons and Activities
- GISday: Register Your Event
- Fun with GIS 206: Community Round Mile (by Charlie Fitzpatrick)
- International Year of Global Understanding Story Maps Competition
- Esri's Field Data Collection Apps
- Mapping BioBlitz Field Data in ArcGIS Online (by Joseph Kerski)
- Mission: Explore National Parks- a book that dares you to explore UK's National Parks
- 13 National Parks Threatened by Energy Transmission Story Map
Check out what some of our other geography allies are doing for GAW, and discover other great resources:
- National Geographic Society
- Esri - GIS Day - November 16, 2016 - Discovering the World Through GIS
- American Association of Geographers (AAG)
- Open Street Map -Teachers, students, community groups, map lovers, in the US and around the world, join together to celebrate geography and make maps with OpenStreetMap, the free and openly editable map of the world.
- Pennsylvania Alliance for Geographic Education's 2016 Geography Awareness Week K-12 Postcard Contest
- Texas Alliance for Geographic Education's GeoWeek Web Page
- Wisconsin Geographic Alliance's GAW Web Page
- Center for Geography Education in Oregon's GAW Resources List
- Colorado Geographic Alliance's GAW Web Page
- New York Geographic Alliance's GAW Web Page
- Kansas Geographic Alliance's GAW Blog
- Arizona Geographic Alliance's GAW Web Page
- National Education Association's GAW Lessons, Resources, and Activities
What resources are available to help me teach more and better geography?
- What is geographic education?
- NCGE webinar archives - hear from geography education experts (free access for members)
- Teaching Geography, 3rd Edition, by Dr. Phil Gersmehl. Includes CD-ROM with model curriculum and lesson activities.
- Instructional Resources for Teaching GIS and Remote Sensing (HS and college appropriate)
- Visit and connect with your State Alliance for Geographic Education
- Geography for Life: National Geography Standards, Second Edition
- Connections between Geography and the Common Core for English Language Arts
- Geography in Education (Free online course module for teachers from The Open University - UK)
- See What Geographers Do from the Bureau of Labor Statistics
- Faces of Geography- Where can geography take you? from Canadian Geographic Education
- Interpreting Our World: 100 Discoveries That Revolutionized Geography, by Joseph J. Kerski Ph.D.- This book provides readers with an understanding of why geography matters to our 21st-century world, and an awareness of how geography affects our everyday lives and is key to wise decision making.
What resources does NCGE have for Advanced Placement Human Geography?
- Daily Bell-Ringer questions (emailed weekly)
- Special APHG Issue of NCGE's Journal of Geography
- APHG Exam Review Ideas and Tips (by Ken Keller)
- How to Teach AP Human Geography in 1 Semester Course Outline (by Lisa Sanders)
- Top-Ten Column for Teaching APHG to 9th-Graders (by Sharon Shelerud)
- NCGE APHG Web Page
How do I connect with other teachers who love geography as much as I do?
- Attend the National Conference on Geography Education- July 27-30, 2017, Albuquerque, New Mexico
- Join NCGE and become a member of passionate community of educators! See what other NCGE members have to say about what their NCGE membership means to them here.
- Connect with your local State Geographic Alliance
How do I get my students more involved?
- Organize a Geography Club (K-4 appropriate)
- Organize a Geography Olympiad team at your school and enter the global competition (HS)
- Register for the National Geographic Bee (ES/MS)
- Organize a World Geography Bowl Team and compete at the AAG Annual Meeting (college/university)
Communicate the Importance of Geography. The world as we know it is more interconnected and globalized than ever before. As geography educators, you are at the forefront of the effort to raise awareness about this deficiency in American education and excite people about geography as a discipline and as a part of everyday life. Geography Awareness week gives us an important platform. Many of you are already doing great work to promote geography during Geography Awareness Week and beyond. Keep it up...the world needs you!
Use social media. Promote Geography Awareness Week on social media using #GeoWeek
Talk about the importance of geographic knowledge, skills and perspectives in society. See our tips for advocating for geography and geographic education.
Plan or participate in a Geography Awareness Week event or activity. Looking for more students to join your major, take your classes, or highlight your presence in general? Geography Awareness Week is a great opportunity to promote your department, students and faculty. Organize a geography bee, a hike at a National Park, a potluck dinner, or a student research symposium for the rest of campus to show geographers' unique perspective of the world.
In honor of Geography Awareness Week 2016, we have a special edition of our AP® Human Geography Bell-Ringers, which you can download here! If you wish to receive them weekly, be sure to sign up and subscribe to receive them in our online store (FREE to members and non-members).
Read our special GAW President's Column, written by NCGE President, Dr. Ellen J. Foster here.