Description : When he first laid eyes on the countryside around Chesapeake Bay in 1608, records reveal, Captain John Smith exclaimed, "Heaven and earth seemed never to have agreed better to frame a place for man’s habitation." In Maryland Geography, James DiLisio—another admirer of the Free State—pays tribute to Maryland’s rich cultural, historical, and geographical heritage. This up-to-date, in-depth account interprets the contemporary environmental conditions of the "Marylandscape" by emphasizing its evolving political and socioeconomic contours. This closely researched volume, which is loaded with instructive charts and maps, is the result of DiLisio’s lifelong fascination with the geography of his adopted state and his thirty-five years teaching Maryland geography at Towson University. Arguing that regional geography is a product of both natural and human events, Maryland Geography provides an account of the vital geographical stage that the people of Maryland have created. DiLisio touches on Maryland’s pre-European American Indian heritage, post-colonial agriculture, and shifting industrial geography, as well as the degradation of the Chesapeake Bay and the rise of the modern economy. He considers the emergence of the isolated Eastern Shore; the rural tobacco land of southern Maryland; the rugged mining area of western Maryland; the prosperous, mixed farming area of the Piedmont; and the metropolitan Baltimore-Washington corridor. More than descriptive, the book examines major trends in the state—natural, economic, and demographic—in a way that prompts thinking about the consequences of growth and unbridled development. Aimed at college-level geography students, the book will also be of great interest to general readers, historians, politicians, and anyone involved in making policies relating to Maryland places.
Description : Grades K-8. Features 30 geography projects for kids to complete-and includes actual state facts. Each project is quick, easy, and inexpensive! Projects include: constructing a replica of the state's capitol building; creating a montage of the wildlife that lives in our state using cut-out pictures; recreating the path of a state river using a wire coat hanger; building a state tree from fresh or dried leaves/ needles from as many trees as possible; and more! Students will have a blast creating projects sure to end up as part of a geography resource center-all about your state! Most projects use ordinary, easy-to-access materials. 32 pages.
Description : This unique book combines state-specific facts and 30 fun-to-do hands-on projects. The Geography Projects Book includes creating a montage of the wildlife that lives in your state using cut-out pictures, recreating the path of a state river with pipe cleaners, building a state tree from fresh or dried leaves or needles from as many types of trees as possible, testing soil samples and more! Kids will have a blast and build essential knowledge skills including research, reading, writing, science and math. Great for students in K-8 grades and for displaying in the classroom, library or home.
Description : Maryland Government is a high school textbook developed to prepare students for the government sections of the Maryland High School Assessment. Students will learn about Maryland's state and local governments through primary sources and activities that support 100% of the Voluntary Curriculum Standards. Eight engaging, full-color chapters use standards-based essential questions to cover Maryland's geographic, economic, historic, and political background; the history of state government; the three branches of government; local government; public policy; and civic duty. Through Key Ideas and Key Terms as well as dozens of charts, maps, photos, primary sources, small group activities, and critical thinking skills, students explore main ideas and soon realize government is not "us and them" but "We, the People." Book also includes glossary and index. TABLE OF CONTENTS Chapter 1 A Portrait of Maryland Chapter 2 Maryland's Political Heritage Chapter 3 The Legislative Branch Chapter 4 The Executive Branch Chapter 5 The Judicial Branch Chapter 6 Local Government Chapter 7 Public Policy Chapter 8 The Voice of the People
Description : Exploring Maryland through Project-Based Leaning includes 50 well-thought-out projects designed for grades 3-5. In assigning your students projects that dig into MarylandÕs geography, history, government, economy, current events, and famous people, you will deepen their appreciation and understanding of Maryland while simultaneously improving their analytical skills and ability to recognize patterns and big-picture themes. Project-based learning today is much different than the craft-heavy classroom activities popular in the past. Inquiry, planning, research, collaboration, and analysis are key components of project-based learning activities today. However, that doesnÕt mean creativity, individual expression, and fun are out. They definitely arenÕt! Each project is designed to help students gain important knowledge and skills that are derived from standards and key concepts at the heart of academic subject areas. Students are asked to analyze and solve problems, to gather and interpret data, to develop and evaluate solutions, to support their answers with evidence, to think critically in a sustained way, and to use their newfound knowledge to formulate new questions worthy of exploring. While some projects are more complex and take longer than others, they all are set up in the same structure. Each begins with the central project-driving questions, proceeds through research and supportive questions, has the student choose a presentation option, and ends with a broader-view inquiry. Rubrics for reflection and assessments are included, too. This consistent framework will make it easier for you assign projects and for your students to follow along and consistently meet expectations. Encourage your students to take charge of their projects as much as possible. As a teacher, you can act as a facilitator and guide. The projects are structured such that students can often work through the process on their own or through cooperation with their classmates.
Description : Where in the United States are we? Increase students' interest, knowledge, and awareness of geography using Hands-On Geography for grades 3–5. This book features hands-on activities that emphasize the five themes of geography published in Guidelines for Geographic Education: location, place, human-environment interaction, movement, and regions. The book includes map skills; geography activities; lessons on reading and creating charts, graphs, and diagrams; rubrics; organizers; and an answer key. This 128-page book supports National Geography Standards.