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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

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This Child, Every Child: A 
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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
SECOND EDITION

David J. Smith

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If America Were a Village
If America Were a Village
David J. Smith
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Materials About Geography

Click "Books and Videos" above to read about all kinds of materials for geography teachers, and for everybody interested in the world.

Most Recent Trivia Answers

Check here for answers to the Mapping the World By Heart and Geography Trivia Questions posted on Facebook and Twitter.
You can review the questions at the MTWBH facebook page
ANSWERS (usually a few days ahead so if I miss a day I'm not behind)
May 28: Mali, Malawi, Mauritania, Mozambique
May 29: Lake Superior, Lake Victoria
May 30: The Bison
May 31: United Kingdom
Jun 1: Guinea
Jun 2: Answer available here June 2 or sooner
Note that answers are only shown here for 4-5 days, and are then available at the Trivia Archive Page

THIS WEEK'S HOTLINK

29 May to 5 June, 2016

Global Map of Weather Conditions
A breathtaking visualization of global weather conditions forecast by supercomputers in Japan, and updated every three hours. The only way to see how this works is to explore -- you can actually move the Earth around to see other aspects, not just the Pacific, which appears to be the top page. Worthwhile in many respects.
 
See the 4 latest hotlinks at the bottom of this page, or click through to the 20-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.

And Click Here for a lovely review from KidsReads.com, part of the Book Report Network, a review site for books for children.

Click cover image to the left to go to amazon.com to read reviews and to order.

Don't want to order from Amazon? THIS LINK will take you to IndieBound, to order from an independent bookseller near you.

The Canadian National Reading Campaign posted this great review

The California Reading Association gave "IF" its Eureka Gold Medal

Here's a blurb From Publisher's Weekly -- See the first paragraph. This new book of mine is a "category killer", and "there's really nothing else like it out there, every page is a lesson plan".

A writer and reviewer in Australia has created a wonderful page about "If", with her review of it, and also a collection of very useful notes about how to use the book when reading it with children -- with 1 child, or with a classroom. Click here to read her review and teaching notes.

A librarian in Azle, TX, does a regular video called Book Hooks. Here's a link to one she made about "IF".

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

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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 »

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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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MOST RECENT MAPPING.COM WEEKLY HOTLINKS

29 May to 5 June, 2016

Global Map of Weather Conditions
A breathtaking visualization of global weather conditions forecast by supercomputers in Japan, and updated every three hours. The only way to see how this works is to explore -- you can actually move the Earth around to see other aspects, not just the Pacific, which appears to be the top page. Worthwhile in many respects.

22 to 29 May, 2016

Vital Signs of the Planet
Everything you want to know about how our planet is doing, sponsored by NASA and featuring all kinds of special areas. You can read articles, see images, and explore all kind of interactive features, including a climate time machine, a global ice viewer, a tour of the sun, "how hot is the Earth", and interactive quizzes. A wonderful, comprehensive site for all levels of interest.

15 to 22 May, 2016

The Map Room Blog
Jonathan Crowe, of Shawville, Quebec, is a map fan, and writes about map websites and map-related news in this blog. He finds wonderful resources, and shares them, with his own poignant commentary. In the "about" section, he explains that he is "not a professional, not an expert, not an insider", just "an informed observer". He uses his remarkable skills in explaining and interpreting maps and map controversies to inform his readers.

8 to 15 May, 2016

Library of Congress YouTube Channel
Millions of recordings, from the earliest Edison experiments with film to the present, here's the entire free resource. I personally like "Playlists"; everything is collected thematically -- teacher resources, law, history, and much more.

20-Year Archive of Hotlinks (1996-Present) »

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