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1.2 Students compare and contrast the absolute and relative locations of places and people and describe the physical and/ or human characteristics of places.

Locate on maps and globes their local community, California, the United States, the seven continents, and the four oceans.

Scrambled States of America, The (16:35)
Laurie Keller's delightful children's book, published in 1998, comes alive in this animated program. Disenchanted with their fixed places on the map, the states decide to swap spots in hopes that each can get to see a different part of the country and do something different for a change. Full of facts and fun, children will have a geography lesson like never before. A must for every library and classroom. Narrated by Jon Carroll. Part of the Weston Woods Series.

Compare the information that can be derived from a three-dimensional model to the information that can be derived from a picture of the same location.

Maps verus Globes 3:52- Use this segment.

Construct a simple map, using cardinal directions and map symbols.

Math Monsters: Mapping (15:00)
The Monsters are throwing a party and have sent out invitations. One of their guests, Binary Bill has no idea how to get to their castle from his computer shop. Multiplex draws a free form map with just a curving line and emails it to him. This doesn’t work and Binary asks for landmarks. Multiplex quickly adds a few things that can be seen on route – but he doesn’t draw them in the right order. This leads to confusion and a further refining of the map. Ultimately the Monsters leave the castle and go on site to label all the streets in their neighborhood. Then Mina flies up above Monster Land to compare the map to the actual territory. Our field visit is to a school bus driver who explains how he works with maps in order to pick up children.

Understanding Maps: Key to Everywhere (15:00)
This program gives an overview of maps. It explains direction, distance, scale, elevation, and grid maps. It also demonstrates points on a compass, how different types of maps show different things, what symbols are, and what a globe is.

Describe how location, weather, and physical environment affect the way people live, including the effects on their food, clothing, shelter, transportation, and recreation.

Where Do You Live? (16:00)
Many things tend to homogenize our country: mass media, rapid communication and travel, school standards, sports. But the kind of community you grow up in still has an effect on who you become. Luis, who lives in a small city, John, who lives on a farm and Lisa who's a suburban girl, share their daily experiences with us: family life, school, pets, extracurricular activities, recreation. Your class will be fascinated to see how the "other 2/3" lives in America and to learn the advantages and disadvantages of each milieu. "Where Do You Live?" is a valuable and entertaining addition to your Community Studies curriculum.