Archive for the ‘Geography’ Category

Read about it here (very interesting!!!)…


Five years ago I moved to North Platte, Nebraska to take a position as the educational technology director for the North Platte Public Schools.  I had taught for 13 years prior to that as a high school and middle school social studies teacher.  Upon my arrival in North Platte I soon found a lot of opposition to embedding technology into the learning process.  One of the first school board meetings I attended I heard one gentleman accuse me of being “only a teacher.”

What a great compliment!  That phrase sticks in my mind, and I couldn’t be more proud to be called such a name.  My career as a teacher has led me to many places and on adventures with many great educators and students.  I now go back to the classroom to teach, to work with students, to feel like what I am doing is worth something.  Worth more than gold or riches.  Teaching is a profession that literally reaches into the future.

I am a teacher, a great teacher.  If only everyone would be…

school_tech_toolsThe following is a list of sites that have been shared with me over the past several days.  Generally, you will see all kinds of findings in my Delicious links on the top right hand side of this blog.  Enjoy!

What to read?

Library Thing Suggest

What Should I Read Next?




That Quiz Math Test Activities (Science & Geography too!)

Social Studies/Current Events

Know Thy Congressman


National Geographic Little Kids


NSF Scrub Club


Digital Citizenship

Creative Thinking Home

World Languages

Foreign Internet Radio

Virtual Field Trips (All Subjects)


This is a great activity from PBS on “Cracking the Maya Code.” Enjoy!


Posted: June 5, 2008 in Geography

Mountains and Hills

Mountains are high and rugged, have an elevation of at least 2,000 feet, and high relief.
Examples: Sierra Nevada with Mount Whitney (14,495 feet), Salt River Range of the Rocky Mountains above Star Valley.
Mountains have steep slopes and small summits, and are cold and snowy; glaciers form on summits.
Mountains have low temperatures, no plants at high elevations, but lower down there are small plants, and at the bases there are many trees.
They are rich in mineral deposits.
People usually live in the valleys (farming and grazing).
Hills are much smaller than mountains, have an elevation of 500-2,000 feet, and moderate relief usually less than 2,000 feet.
Hills have slopes that are steep but much shorter, and summits are more rounded.
Farming and transportation are easier in hilly areas, they tend to be populated.
Example: Berkshire Hills in Massachusetts, “West Hills” of Star Valley.