Thursday, January 21, 2016

More Maps

After last week's post on maps, I discovered another treasure trove:

The Census and Economic Information Center has a number of maps that provide snapshots of contemporary Montana. My favorite by far? Montana 2014 Exports by Country. If I were teaching geography, I'd design a scavenger hunt and have students find top exports from Montana to countries in our region of study. (And, not in map form--here's a list of the countries from whom Montana imports the most.)

Map showing Montana Exports by Country

I also saw this post, "Creative Approaches for Using Maps in the History Classroom," on Tarr's Toolbox, one of my favorite blogs,

P.S. If you use Montana: Stories of the Land in your Montana history classroom, don't forget to take this survey about how you actually use this book with your students. If you take the survey by January 26, you will not only be giving me a great birthday present (yep--1/26 is my special day) and helping other teachers improve their practice, but, in addition, your name will also be put into a drawing for a prize!

Take the survey here.

P.P.S. Although it is not Montana history, I thought some of you might be interested in this webinar on teaching Islam: “Supporting Your Diverse Classroom and Resources for Teaching About Islam.”“Tailored for teachers and others involved in education, expert guests will explore what the First Amendment says about teaching world religions in public schools, reputable resources for teachers and educators to use in educating about Islam and World Religions, and best practices for upholding a safe and inclusive learning environment for all students.” The webinar runs from 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM Mountain time. More information here.

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