Conducting Geographic Analysis
Conducting Geographic Analysis
Google Earth Idea Set focusing on basic GIS techniques.
5 - 8
In our modern, globally interconnected society, it is more important than ever that we understand the world around us. Google Earth allows us to visualize and bring together information about our world, and to use this information to ask and answer geographic questions. When our students do this, they are building skills in geographic analysis and geospatial thinking, which are critical for making well-reasoned decisions that affect our world.
Native American Communities and Reservations
Start by having students download this KMZ file (US Census Bureau) of present-day Native American reservations in the United States and open it in Google Earth. Ask students to study the map and make geographic observations (for example, the reservations in the eastern part of the United States are much smaller than the reservations in the west, or the state of Oklahoma contains many reservations that cover a majority of the state). Have students share what is surprising or new to them from viewing this map. Then have students read this short article and map on the U.S. Indian Removal Act of 1830. Have students discuss what they think the impacts of this law would have been to Native American communities. Challenge students to think about this from different angles, such as a culture or health point of view.
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November 13, 2023
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