Geography, Map Skills
& the Internet
By: Henrietta Lawrence,
Northview MS (retired); Indianapolis, IN, June 15, 1997
While enhancing and fine-tuning student utilization of
computers, keyboards and the Internet/WWW, students will research various
sites focusing on Italy’s history, landscape, culture, agriculture and
Grade levels: 6-8
Geography Standards addressed:
- 1. How to use maps and other geographic representations,
tools, and technologies to acquire, process, and report information from
a spatial perspective.
- 2. How to use mental maps to organize information
about people, places and environments in a spatial context.
- 3. How to analyze the spatial organization of
people, places and environments on the Earth’s surface.
- 4. The physical and human characteristics of places.
- 5. That people create regions to interpret Earth’s
- 6. How culture and experience influence people’s
perceptions of places and regions.
- 7. The physical processes that shape the patterns
of Earth’s surface.
- 8. The characteristics and spatial distribution
of ecosystems on Earth’s surface.
- 9. The characteristics, distribution, and migration
of human populations on Earth’s surface.
- 10. The characteristics, distribution, and complexity
of Earth’s cultural mosaic.
- 11. The patterns and networks of economic interdependence
on Earth’s surface.
- 12. The processes, patterns, and functions of
- 13. How the forces of cooperation and conflict
among people influence the division and control of Earth’s surface.
- 14. How human actions modify the physical environment.
- 15. How physical systems affect human systems.
- 16. The changes that occur in the meaning, use,
distribution, and importance of resources.
- 17. How to apply geography to interpret the past.
- 18. How to apply geography to interpret the present
and plan for the future.
pencil, paper, computer w/printer, internet access w/
Netscape browser. Strongly recommend an overhead projector that is connected
to a computer.
Upon completion of this activity, students will be able
- 1. access the internet to complete activities related
to their study of Italy,
- 2. locate Italy on a map/globe,
- 3. describe Italy’s history, briefly, both orally and
in writing, and
- 4. discuss Italy’s climate and topography and culture.
- 1. Have 1-2 students seated at a computer that is turned
- 2. Show students how to access the internet and find
the websites they will be using. Student should take notes on these procedures
or the teacher can prepare handouts on all necessary steps to be used for
- 3. Walk students through the steps needed to complete
- 4. Allow students time to browse through the various
websites before doing their assignment.
- 5. Upon completion of the assignment students should
make sure they have labeled their assignment with their name, date, period
and assignment name.
Students will evaluate this lesson by the ease or difficulty
in getting the information they need for their assignment.
Resources to keep available for student
use: Atlases, Alamanacs, and Electronic media.