Find the latitude and longitude of a point using Google Maps.
Simple, straightforward and easy to use. All you do is point and click on the map to get latitude and longitude in both decimal degrees and DMS (degrees, minutes and seconds). You can also quickly enter coordinates in either format an have the location displayed on the map.
An OverlapMap is a map of one part of the world that overlaps a different part of the world. OverlapMaps show relative size.
The above overlap map is the United Kingdom compared to the state of Pennsylvania. This is an very simple way to demonstrate the true size of remote places, and 'bring the discussion home.' This site is as simple and intuitive as it is powerful and easily applicable. This is a keeper.
A Google-Maps/Amazon mash-up for finding books that take place where you're traveling. Search the map and make your next destination come alive!
This site has the potential to merge geography and social studies education with English and literature studies. This site, Novels on Location let's you search for book titles using Google Maps to scroll through the collection. However, there are very few geo-coded titles at the moment, but with some help, this could be a fantastic resource.
Browse the timeline of war and conflict across the globe.
This database of global wars and conflicts is searchable through space and time. You can drag and click the both the map and timeline to locate particular battles and wars, and then read more information about that conflict. This resource would be a great one to show students and let them explore to find what they see as interesting. This site is brimming with potential.
The Hunger Games fascination is at a high-water mark, and this dystopian Young Adult novel is set in a futuristic, post-apocalyptic, North America. While much of what was written isn’t geographically accurate, the capital and the districts that serve as its hinterland have numerous clues that connect with the current (and actual) geography of North America. Why not try to map it? While not an “accurate” project, this can be a fun way to infuse geography into an English class or vice versa. What would your map of Panem look like? How come?
As a former children's librarian, this is the perfect merger of some of my interests. The Hunger Games, a Young Adult dystopian novel (movie coming soon) takes place in a post-WWIII North America with 13 districts noted for particular resources. For example, district 4 specialized in fishing and district 12's economy centered on coal. For middle schools that teach integrate units with social studies and English, this would be a very engaging, current connection.
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