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Wyoming Geographic Alliance|University of Wyoming | Department of Geography

Wyoming Geographic Alliance 2011 Geography Lesson Plans

1) "Introducing Wyoming's Energy Resources"
Developed by: Kate Kniss, Andrea Hayden, and Sonja Browe of Albany County School District #1
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Part 3

2) Developed by Laurel Main
Overview: Explore four industries in Wyoming and the resources they use to support our economy
Suggested Grade Level: 4th
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3) Developed by Mandy Adami
Overview: The students will be exploring the use of the Wyoming floor map to help them identify letters used on the map designating towns, mountains, lakes, rivers and other areas.
Suggested Grade Level: Pre-K through Kindergarten
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4) Developed by Sandy Claus
Overview: Coal produced in the Powder Ridge Basin is used to produce electricity in coal-fired power plants.  Fly ash, bottom ash, and boiler slag are formed when coal is burned.  The byproducts of coal-fired power generation are used for many common household items.  By creating an awareness of the consumer products made from fly ash, bottom ash, and boiler slag, the teacher will introduce the students to the dependence consumers have on coal, a non-renewable resource.
Suggested Grade Level: 4th-6th
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5) Developed by Greg Schliske
Overview: The idea of this lesson is to have students participate in small group and whole group activities which center on Wyoming cola mining.  Locations of coal mines will be identified, as well as how coal is transported out of the state.  The new 12' x 12' map of Wyoming will be used to identify rail locations and mines.  The use of map legends, symbols, and scale of distance will be an important part of the lesson.
Suggested Grade Level: 4th
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6) Developed by Corrin Noggle
Overview: This lesson will give students an overview of the energy resources in Wyoming using relative location
Suggested Grade Level: 7th-8th
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7) Developed by David A. Burrill
Overview: The purpose of this lesson will be to create a five day simulation for students during which they are assigned the task of deciding the location of a new coal-fired power plant in Wyoming.  They will be supplied facts including (but not limited to) transportation, waterways, resources, climate types, population centers, and ecologically sensitive areas to evaluate and to arrive at a decision.
Suggested Grade Level: 6th
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

8) Developed by MaryJo Birth
Overview: The purpose of this lesson is to introduce students to the energy resources available in Wyoming both in their location and terminology.
Suggested Grade Level: Middle School
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9) Developed by Tonya Munari
Overview: The purpose of this document is to provide basic instructions for creating a "Zoom In Inquiry."  A Zoom In Inquiry is an activity that is created in a presentation program, usually PowerPoint, and allows for the teacher to guide the students in uncovering a primary source image in small pieces.  The Zoom In Inquiry lends itself to introducing new lessons in an imaginative fashion and easily lends itself to differentiation.
Suggested Grade Level: Adaptable to all
How to create a Zoom In Inquiry
Questions for Zoom In Inquiry
Zoom In PowerPoint Part 1
Zoom In PowerPoint Part 2

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