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If: A Mind-Bending New Way of 
Looking at Big Ideas and Numbers
If
David J. Smith
A Mind-Bending New Way
Of Looking at Big
Ideas and Numbers
Pub Date Aug 1, 2014
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This Child, Every Child: A 
Picture 
Book for Children About the Rights of Children
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This Child Every Child
David J. Smith
A Picture Book About
The Rights of Children
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If the World Were a Village SECOND EDITION
If the World Were a Village
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David J. Smith

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If America Were a Village
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Check here for answers to the Mapping the World By Heart and Geography Trivia Questions posted on Facebook and Twitter.
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ANSWERS
Aug 25: Only Ontario
Aug 26: United States, Australia, India, Argentina
Aug 27: Ohio; Columbus, Cleveland, Cincinnati
Aug 28: St Helena, a British Overseas Territory in the South Atlantic
Aug 29: Answer Available Here August 29
Note that answers are only shown here for 4-5 days, and are then available at the Trivia Archive Page

THIS WEEK'S HOTLINK

31 August to 6 September, 2014

World War One
The British Library has done an outstanding job collecting and making available a vast array of historical sources on World War 1 from all across Europe. My favorite part has to be the Teaching Resources -- 40 sections, from how advertisers used the war to promote their products, to daily life in the trenches, to how different nations depicted the enemy, and much more. An amazing resource.
 
See the 4 latest hotlinks at the bottom of this page, or click through to the 18-year archive of hotlinks.

TRAILER AND REVIEWS FOR MY NEWEST BOOK

Here's a link to the Trailer for
"IF: A Mind-Bending New Way of Looking at Big Ideas and Numbers". Click here

This is a review from the NY Times for 13 August: Click Here

And HERE is a review from a home-school mother.

Recently Posted

** Jessie Voigts, of Wandering Educators, interviewed me for her blog. Watch the interview. About 10 minutes.
** Here's a detailed article followed by an interview. Read it here
** Or check out this blog entry about Dot Day and Celebri-dots, which you can read here
** You may be interested in this interview of David Smith posted by author Lois Peterson on her Blog. View it Here

Author Visits and School Consultations

David Smith has provided all kinds of school consulting, for more than 22 years. He does assemblies and classroom visits, and also provides in-service programs for teachers, and evening programs for parents and families. He also does a great many on-site or virtual author visits. "I love to do classroom visits, and I do them in-person, via Skype, via mail or text, and fees are low." For information about these services, please click here to contact David by email.

CitizenKid Central

Kids Can Press has created a new starting point for finding out about the children of the world,
and for learning about what we can do to help those who need help.
The site can be accessed by clicking here.
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Study Guides for If The World Were A Village:
From Kids Can Press, Teaching Guide 1
From Kids Can Press, Teaching Guide 2
From the U.S. National Security Agency, A collection of classroom activities based on collecting and showing data

The Centre For Child Honouring

Click here to read about the Centre for Child Honouring; or click here to read Raffi's Covenant For Honouring Children.

MAPPING.COM: Resources, Materials, Ideas, and Fun About Geography

If DAVID SMITH'S NEWEST BOOK:

If:
A Mind-Bending New Way of Looking At Big Ideas and Numbers

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FROM THE COVER:

"Imagine if you could condense all 3.5 billion years of life on Earth into just one hour. If you could, the dinosaurs wouldn't show up until the 56th minute of the hour, and they'd be gone three minutes later. Modern humans shamble into view in the last 2/10ths of the last second."

"In If, David J Smith, author of the bestselling If the World Were a Village scales down big imponderables -- from the huge scope of human and geoplogical history to the size of our planet and galaxy -- with surprising results."

View and Purchase This Featured Wall Map

The Tyvek World Map An indestructible and very beautiful wall map, a great addition to any wall, and perfect when working with children because the material is recycled plastic, and the map can't be ripped, damaged by tape, or otherwise damaged.

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The Mapping the World By Heart Curriculum & Consulting Services

YouTube Video Trailer Regarding Mapping the World By Heart

Mapping the World by HeartMapping the World By Heart is both a curriculum and a consulting service. Learn about the author's consulting services, including:

• workshops
• school assemblies and author visits
• in-service programs for teachers
• curriculum audits
• website evaluation
• credit-bearing summer institutes

David Smith travels the globe sharing his enthusiastic and innovative approach to teaching and learning about our world community.

WHAT THE STUDENTS ARE SAYING:

"Before, when I heard the name of a country, I just thought of it as a name, and it didn't really matter to me. After you do a memory map, it's kinda neat because you can picture it in your mind, not only that country and what it's like there, but everything else around it. You have a map in your head wherever you go."  - Seventh Grader, Belmont, MA

A completely revised new edition is now available from the extraordinary people at FableVision »


What is If The World Were A Village?  Click play button "" to view a short video trailer

View trailers like this about each of the books from the CitizenKid series »

Listen to David Smith talk about the story behind the book »


If The World Were A Village DVD

The animation of If The World Were A Village is available as a DVD or as a VHS tape, in English or in French, at reasonable prices.

To see a clip from the video, please click here.

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If The World Were a Village
(DVD in English)

Si el Mundo fuera una aldea
(video in Spanish)

Si le monde etait un vilage
(video in French)

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MAPPING.com WEEKLY HOTLINKS

31 August to 6 September, 2014

World War One
The British Library has done an outstanding job collecting and making available a vast array of historical sources on World War 1 from all across Europe. My favorite part has to be the Teaching Resources -- 40 sections, from how advertisers used the war to promote their products, to daily life in the trenches, to how different nations depicted the enemy, and much more. An amazing resource.

24 to 31 August, 2014

Can You Tell A Book By Its Map
From the pages of the Guardian from June 9 of 2014, this interesting quiz. 10 maps are shown, each one the map of the locations in a work of fiction. You are then given four books; pick the one you believe the map refers to. When you click "submit" at the end, you get your score. Very interesting, and since some are books you may have read a long time ago, or never read, some of these are challenging.

17 to 24 August, 2014

Geographic Names
The official repository of U.S. domestic geographic feature names information. The Geographic Names Information System (GNIS), developed by the U.S. Geological Survey in cooperation with the U.S. Board on Geographic Names, contains information about physical and cultural geographic features in the United States and associated areas, both current and historical (not including roads and highways). The database holds the Federally recognized name of each feature and defines the location of the feature by state, county, USGS topographic map, and geographic coordinates.

10 to 17 August, 2014

Country Rankings
A collection of over 400 ranking tables -- everything from future population projections to carbon footprint, military, government, and more. Some of the data is outdated, but the site identifies that data very clearly. In their words: "In certain cases current data is not available. For example, the World Health Organization's ranking of the world's health systems was last produced in 2000, and the WHO no longer produces such a ranking table, because of the complexity of the task. Country rankings in the main categories, Population, Geography, Economy, Transportation| Communications, Military, Government are derived from the current CIA world factbook."

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