Info(geo)graphic: Comparing Urban Footprints Around the World, by Matthew Hartzell. Maps of cities comparing the physical footprints of 54 cities around the world. They are presented side-by-side at the same scale, allowing the viewer to compare these cities in a new light.
This website features the "How Did it Get Here" book series. These books feature foods that are grown around the world. They are geared for upper elementary students. They feature food facts and recipes from the corresponding countries. They are non-fiction text and are a great resource for students to practice using a glossary and table of contents.
Here’s an interesting story from the Slate and a very cool use of a geographic visualization that looks at the spatial patterns and distribution of the 3 basketball shot - http://blog.gisuser.com/2012/03/09/the-geography-and-visualization-of-the-basketball-court/
Back to School - Why Study Geography? Geography is important! But do your kids think so? This is a great lesson to start off the year as you examine the topic “Why Study Geography?” This lesson begins by getting students out of their seat with a 4 Corner Debate. Your students will then take notes on a graphic organizer “Opinion/Proof” as they study how geography impacts their lives. The lesson concludes with a “Sum It Up” activity, where they have to defend their thinking.