Maps and Stats

As a Social Studies and Spanish certified teacher it should not be a surprise that I love teaching geography and culture. Luckily for me culture fits into multiple standards for Spanish.

Here are two great resources for data visualization. I find it is a great way to have the students ‘explore’ some of the similarities and differences between the United States and Spanish speaking countries (or any other country in the world). By clicking a few buttons they get to see some aspect of those countries in a strong image. There is always a little bit of reading to help explain what they are seeing, but not enough to discourage a student who does not like reading.

I normally do a couple examples as a class than give them time to work with a partner and play… or so they think. They are learning, just in a low stress way. I know they were learning because one of my students remembered the websites months later and asked if he could have the URLs so he could use them in a Social Studies project.

A new resource for teaching geography is World Grip which was shared on Twitter. When you hover over a country on the map it shows the flag, capital, area, population, and a short paragraph describing the country. This is also very middle school friendly.


About Lisa Butler

Middle school teacher of Social Studies and Spanish, tech trainer, Flocabulary MC, Nearpod PioNear, and Edcamp Hershey Founder. I have embraced the power of blogging and reviewing products. If I am not doing something with ed or tech, I am probably reading, baking, running, or traveling.
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