Standard 3. Population Characteristics, Distribution, and Migration

Lesson Plans and Activities:

Other Materials:

Amazing Transportation (a collection of images from Janis Coffman, Decatur Middle School; Decatur, IN)

The Association of American Geographers has launched a new website entitled Geography & Human Rights Clearinghouse and Forum, available at: The website includes a bibliography on Geography and Human Rights research, as well as links to numerous NGOs, research centers, and scientific associations that focus on human rights issues, often while drawing upon geographic methods or technologies.

From Pioneering to Persevering: Family Farming in Indiana to 1880, a new publication by Paul Salstrom from Purdue University Press. ISBN 10: 1-55753-453-5. Can order via Indiana’s pioneers came to southern Indiana to turn the dream of an America based on family farming into a reality. The golden age prior to the Civil War led to a post-War preserving of the independent family farmer. Salstrom examines this “independence” and finds the label to be less than adequate. Hoosier farming was an inter-dependent activity leading to a society of borrowing and loaning. When people talk about supporting family farming, as Salstrom notes, the issue is a societal one with a greater population involved than just the farmers themselves. ( description). 208 pages, paperback; $23.95.

The Geography of Bliss: One Grump’s Search for the Happiest Places in the World, by Eric Weiner. ISBN 10: 0-446-58026-0 by Hatchette (Twelve Books), New York. An account by a journalist seeking to discover various global/cultural perseptions of happiness. See the book review.

Geography of Poverty: Case Study: Moçambique (Power Point by Dr. Rick Bein, IUPUI Department of Geography)

National Geographic’s Genographic Project – Mapping human DNA

Population Reference Bureau