Geography Alive! Regions of Our People Sample

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Program Contents

Unit 1: The Geographer’s World Introduction to Regions and People 1

The Tools of Geography How do geographers show information on maps?


A Spatial Way of Thinking Why do geographers use a variety of maps to represent the world?

Economic Systems Who or what decides what you get?

Comparing Forms of Government How should political and economic power be distributed in a society?

Unit 2: Canada and the United States Mapping Lab: Canada and the United States 3

Settlement Patterns and Ways of Life in Canada How does where you live influence how you live?


The Great Lakes: The U.S. and Canada’s Freshwater Treasures How can people best use and protect Earth’s freshwater ecosystems?


Urban Sprawl in North America: Where Will It End? How does urban sprawl affect people and the planet?


National Parks: Saving the Natural Heritage of the U.S. and Canada What features make national parks special and worth preserving?


Consumption Patterns in the United States: The Impact of Living Well How do American consumption patterns affect people and the planet?


Migration to the United States: The Impact on People and Places How does migration affect the lives of people and the character of places?

Unit 3: Latin America Mapping Lab: Latin America 9

Spatial Inequality in Mexico City: From Shacks to Skyscrapers Why does spatial inequality exist in urban areas?

10 Indigenous Cultures: The Survival of the Maya of Mesoamerica How do indigenous peoples preserve their traditional culture while adapting to modern life?

11 Dealing with Extreme Weather: Hurricanes in the Caribbean What causes extreme weather, and how do people deal with it?

12 Land Use Conflict in the Amazon Rainforest How should the resources of rainforests be used and preserved?

13 Life in the Central Andes: Adapting to a Mountainous Region How do people adapt to living in a mountainous region?

Unit 4: Europe and Russia Mapping Lab: Europe and Russia 14 Supranational Cooperation in the European Union What forces work for and against supranational cooperation among nations?

15 Population Dilemmas in Europe How do population trends affect a country’s future?

16 Invisible Borders: Transboundary Pollution in Europe How can one country’s pollution become another country’s problem?

17 Russia’s Varied Landscape: Physical Processes at Work How do physical processes shape Earth’s landscape?

18 Nation-States from the Old Soviet Empire: How Have They Succeeded? What factors contribute to the success or failure of new nation-states?

Unit 5: Africa Mapping Lab: Africa 19 The Nile River: A Journey from Source to Mouth How do rivers change as they flow across Earth’s surface?

20 Life in the Sahara and the Sahel: Adapting to a Desert Region How do people adapt to living in a desert region?

21 Micro-entrepreneurs: Women’s Role in the Development of Africa How are women micro-entrepreneurs in developing countries changing their communities?

22 Nigeria: A Country of Many Cultures How can dividing a diverse country into regions make it easier to understand?

23 Resources and Power in Post-apartheid South Africa How might ethnic group differences affect who controls resources and power in a society?

Unit 6: Southwest and Central Asia Mapping Lab: Southwest and Central Asia 24 Oil in Southwest Asia: How “Black Gold” Has Shaped a Region How might having a valuable natural resource affect a region?

25 Istanbul: A Primate City Throughout History Where are primate cities located, and why are they important?

26 The Aral Sea: Central Asia’s Shrinking Water Source How are humans affected by changes they make to their physical environment?

Unit 7: Monsoon Asia Mapping Lab: Monsoon Asia 27 Waiting for the Rains: The Effects of Monsoons in South Asia How does climate influence human activity in a region?

28 Tech Workers and Time Zones: India’s Comparative Advantage What factors give some countries a comparative advantage in the global IT revolution?

29 Mount Everest: Climbing the World’s Tallest Physical Feature How can people both experience and protect the world’s special places?

30 China: The World’s Most Populous Country How does a country meet the challenges created by a large and growing population?

31 Population Density in Japan: Life in a Crowded Country How does population density affect the way people live?

32 The Global Sneaker: From Asia to Everywhere What is globalization, and how does it affect people and places?

Unit 8: Oceania and Antarctica Mapping Lab: Oceania and Antarctica 33 Relative and Absolute Location: What Makes Australia Unique? How does a country’s location shape life within its borders?

34 The Pacific Islands: Adapting to Life Surrounded by Ocean How do people adapt to life in an island region?

35 Antarctica: Researching Climate Change at the Coldest Place on Earth How might global warming affect the environment in the world’s coldest places?

What makes TCI unique? Geography Alive! Regions and People

Take an active hands-on journey into the world around you.

Each lesson is a memorable case study from different geographic regions.

Explore each region in the world with interactive Mapping Labs that simulate GIS tools.

Connect geographic concepts from around the world to your own community with Global Connections.

Program Components P L A C A R D




Seasons in Australia

Population Density in Japan: Life in a Crowded Country

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1. Examine the map of Japan your teacher has projected. With a partner, list five facts about Japan that can be determined from the map.

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Fact 1:

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Fact 2: Hokkaido

Fact 3:

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New York City, United States (41°N, 64°W), in December

Fact 4:

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Fact 5:

2. Fill in the map to show where Japan’s mountains and lowlands are located. Use the symbols from the key. Sea of Japan




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Lambert Conformal Conic projection

TCI5 the 47 3. Look again at the projected map of Japan. On map above, mark five X’s where you think GA_ISN_32_Pre BW Japan Japan’s five largest cities might be located. Give two reasons for why you chose those locations. Third proof 1/13/05

Perth, Australia (31°S 115°E), in December

Reason 1:

Look at these photographs carefully. • What are some similarities between them? What are some differences? • What aspect of life is shown in these photographs? • How might location play a role in shaping this aspect of life in Australia?

Reason 2:

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Population Density in Japan: Life in a Crowded Country

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Notebook Guides Students engage with their learning by expressing their ideas, completing graphically organized notes, and developing personalized responses in their Interactive Student Notebooks.

Relative and Absolute Location: What Makes Australia Unique? 2

Placards Students analyze graphs, data sets, powerful images, and engaging primary sources printed on reusable placards.

Student Edition The Student Text provides a rich knowledge base of historical concepts and guides students through their learning.

the Global Grid What is it? The global grid shows both lines of latitude and of longitude. You

can locate the “global address” or absolute location of any place on earth by finding where its degrees of latitude and longitude cross. For example, the location of Rio De Janeiro, Brazil is 23°S, 44°W. These numbers are called coordinates. Latitude always comes first.

how to do it. To find the coordinates of a place, first locate it on a map. Next look up and down to find the degree of latitude. You may have to estimate if the place is between two parallels on a map. Then look left and right to find the degree of longitude. Again, you may need to estimate if the place is between two meridians. the Global Grid



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grid on this map to locate cities around the world. try it. Use TCI18 160theLMSK_03 Global Grid 1.The What are the coordinates of St. Petersburg? Third Proof

2. Which city is located at 47°N, 71°W? 3. What are the coordinates of Shanghai? 4. Estimate the coordinates of Mexico City. 5. Which city is located at 33°N, 118°W?

4 Map Skills Toolkit

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Map Skills Toolkit

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This Toolkit provides easy-to-use resources that guide students through mapping skills such as reading coordinates and using map scales.

Lesson Guides, customizable assessments, video quizzes, learning games, and more are at your fingertips.

Universal Access TCI is designed to reach all of your learners. Here are some resources you can use in your classroom.

Reading Tools (Text to Speech) Digital text-to-audio, main ideas, and note taking tools support reading.

ELA/ELD Connections ELA/ELD Connections provide graphic organizers and worksheets to support learners who need additional guidance with reading and writing.

Differentiating Instructions Each lesson comes with modifications for English learners, learners reading and writing below grade level, learners with special education needs, and advanced learners.

Vocabulary Cards Students review important social studies terms with vocabulary flip cards.

Assessments TCI offers a variety of formative and summative assessments so you can gauge student progress through each lesson.

Lesson Game In a Lesson Game, students answer selected-response questions about the lesson. Results are automatically tracked in your gradebook.

Notebook Monitor students’ progress in their notebooks as they go through the lesson and investigations.

Processing An end-of-lesson processing assignment challenges students to synthesize and apply the information they have learned in a variety of creative ways.

Summative Assessment TCI’s customizable assessments include a variety of question and response formats to gauge student progress.