NJGA Projects

DR. MARVIN CREAMER’S ROUND-THE-WORLD VOYAGE

In this lesson, you will teach students the basic operations and practical uses of
geographic technology using Dr. Marvin Creamer’s round-the-world voyage as an example. What is so amazing about this journey is that Dr. Marvin Creamer and his crew circumnavigated the globe without the aid of any navigation equipment. This is a feat that has yet to be repeated.

This series of lessons will follow him through his voyage and learn about the places he visited with the help of Google Earth and National Geographic’sInteractive MapMaker, as well as a custom map depicting Marvin Creamer’s voyage with mouse-over options. The various ‘stops’ along the voyage will address human, physical, and environmental aspects of geography which are aligned with the Common Core standards as well as the Geography for Life standards.

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TEACHING GEOGRAPHY USING PRIMARY RESOURCES

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THE VOYAGES OF AMERIGO VESPUCCI

Students will watch two videos to gain a better understanding of what Amerigo Vespucci has done and why two continents are named after him. They will then be able to map out Vespucci’s voyages themselves and use free geographic tools on the internet to explore other places, such as their family’s own countries of origin, to learn more about their own immigration past and how Vespucci has impacted their lives today.

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