Compare & Locate
via the Internet
By: William R. Jamieson, South Newton Middle School;
Kentland, IN; 6/14/97
In order to better understand "how" to utilize
a specific web site, MapQuest, students will compare the location of their
home city/town with a town in another country (non U.S.) that they have
selected and researched utilizing the Internet.
Grade Level: 7th Grade
Geography Standards Addressed:
- #1) How to use maps and other geographic represenations,
tools, and technologies to acquire, process and report information from
a geographic perpective.
- #4) The physical and human characteristics of places.
- #6) How culture and experience influence people’s perceptions
of places and regions.
- #10) The characteristics, distribution, and complexity
of Earth’s cultural mosaics.
- #12) The processes, patterns and functions of human settlement.
Materials required: Computer lab and paper and
- 1. Discuss with the students the assignment prior to
arriving at the computer laboratory.
- 2. Have the students, individually, select a country
that they are interested in learning more about. Make a list of the countries
and respective researchers.
- 3. In the computer lab, have each student begin to research
for cultural and economic information about their selected country; they
will need to make notes about the information that they find or print the
web pages that may be useful in report preparation.
- 4. Once the students are completed researching their
selected country, they are to research their home city/town for cultural
and economic information to report to their colleagues.
- 5. A presentation will be made by each student comparing
their selected country with their home city/town in terms of culture and
economy; four (4) differences in economy and culture must be incorporated
into the written and oral reports.
- 6. Allow for diversity in presentation style and information.
Each student may discover something new about their home city/state that
they deem necessary to share and compare.
- 7. Have some of the students create a binder of their
reports for future research.
The students should be able to identify the major economic
and cultural differences and similarities between their town and a selected
foreign town. Their essay should be neat, 250 words and identify four (4)
similarities and four (4) differences.
Adaptations and Extensions:
The students will follow up in the next day’s class with
a discussion of "what" they learned. An "essay" will
be written by each student after the discussion regarding "what"
their perceptions were prior to doing the research and "how"
those perceptions changed or modified subsequent to their research and