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Comparing Rhode Island's Size

Comparing Rhode Island's Size | Teachers Toolbox | Scoop.it

"I recently received this incredible shirt (I think the Easter bunny must stalk my Facebook page…but the shirt is also available online here).  I loved the idea behind it; the T-shirt mingles big-state bravado that declares regional superiority, with small-state insecurity that begs not to be forgotten. Both sentiments, even if they are on opposite side of the spectrum, display an enormous sense of regional pride and communal identity."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, April 24, 12:04 PM

My first thought was to check the truthfulness of this map and to see how many “Rhode Islands” there are in state Texas.  I used this clever website that shows the number of areal units equal to the size of Rhode Island that are in any given country. And despite what that southwest bravado may lead you to believe, Texas isn’t its own country. So I needed to find a different website which lets you overlay any two places one on top of the other. This is a fantastic resource for help leverage your students’ local knowledge to teach them about places that are more remote and where their mental maps might have very little data.   And never mess with the Ocean State…even if this is Texas’ version of Earth Day.

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Happy Victory Day, an only-in-Rhode Island institution since ’75

Happy Victory Day, an only-in-Rhode Island institution since ’75 | Teachers Toolbox | Scoop.it

The end of World War II was undoubtedly a massively important global event with many repercussions. Yet today the event is only memorialized in the smallest and arguably the most provincial state.  This article nicely summarizes some for historical factors behind the holiday remaining in Rhode Island, where it has fallen by the wayside everywhere else. 

 

 


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