Story Maps and Geospatial Fun at Esri EdUC 2016

Story Maps and Geospatial Fun at Esri EdUC 2016

A Louisiana State Story - Utilizing Story Maps to Teach State History

Join me Saturday, June 25, 2016, 1:30-2:45pm in the Coronado room!

If you can’t be there, here is my storymap/presentation for you.

Chat maps and such!

Stop by the GISetc booth in the EdUC expo!

Buy a book!

Starting Sunday, June 27 throughout the week, you can pick up two of my books in the Esri Store!

The Great Pumpkin Harvest

It just wouldn’t be fall without pumpkins and great stories.  One of my favorite stories is the one made famous by Charles Schultz.  Linus van Pelt tries to convince his friends that The Great Pumpkin “rises out of the pumpkin patch that is the most sincere.” Another website with good information about the story is’s_the_Great_Pumpkin,_Charlie_Brown.  

I believe this is an opportunity to talk about vocabulary, science, storytelling and just have some fun!

What is a “sincere” pumpkin patch? Where might that pumpkin patch be?  

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Lesson idea: Have your students explore the data, then add points to the map to predict The Great Pumpkin’s journey to the most “sincere” pumpkin patches.  Older students may be interested in exploring the data behind the map and the math involved in the statistics.

Where do those pumpkins come from anyway?  If you eat the seeds will they grow in your belly?  Great agricultural lesson for elementary students illustrating stages of the pumpkin:

And finally, a pumpkin post wouldn’t be complete without my favorite pumpkin pie recipe:

Step 1: Buy a can of Libby’s Pumpkin. You can’t buy any other kind or you can’t do Step 2! 

Step 2: Follow the recipe on the back or use the online version.

My secret: Add Vanilla extract and nutmeg to the mix (at least a teaspoon of each).

My favorite pie crust recipe from Anne Thornton: (or get those ready made ones from the store).