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What’s the True Cost of Christmas? $170,609.46

BUSINESS MATH For 35 years, PNC Bank has calculated the prices of the 12 gifts from the classic carol “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” The result is the Christmas Price Index, a unique and whimsical holiday tradition that makes learning about the economy fun. (PNC) Use PNC and the SIFMA Foundation’s middle-school lesson plan to introduce students to basic financial literacy. Teachers, scroll down for … Continue reading What’s the True Cost of Christmas? $170,609.46

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Strategy Share: Exploring Climate Change with Google Earth

I circumnavigated Iceland on expedition as a Grosvenor Teacher Fellow in July 2017, not long after the announcement that the United States planned to withdraw from the Paris Agreement on climate change mitigation. Back home in the U.S. at that time, there was a lot of political debate about involvement in the agreement and the value of combating global warming at home. Meanwhile in Iceland, I came face to face with the effects of global warming as we visited spectacular landscapes threatened by the warming climate. Continue reading Strategy Share: Exploring Climate Change with Google Earth

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The Power of Images and Features in Nonfiction Reading with Stephanie Harvey

National Geographic Education Fellow and literacy expert Stephanie Harvey recently collaborated with the Explorer magazine team to review and improve the classroom resource for students grades K-5/6. In partnering with Stephanie, the team has expanded the entry points for striving readers who may not be able to read the text to include more engaging photos, maps, diagrams, videos, and charts. In the video below, Stephanie discusses … Continue reading The Power of Images and Features in Nonfiction Reading with Stephanie Harvey

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11 Things We Learned This Week

This week, we learned … … learning science is catching up to Mr. Rogers. Meet one of our high-tech educators eternally inspired by Mr. Rogers.   … unicorns, of a sort, existed within human memory. What other real-life phenomena may have inspired the legend of the unicorn?   … what leading historians think students should be studying right now. Dig deep with our articles, maps, … Continue reading 11 Things We Learned This Week

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World AIDS Day: Resources for a Quick Geographic Perspective

Saturday, December 1, is World AIDS Day. Use this collection of facts, figures, and context to put the day in geographic perspective. Cut to the good stuff—links to maps, data-analysis tools, and other online geography resources focusing on AIDS and HIV. By the Numbers According to the CIA World Factbook, HIV.gov, and UNAIDS, there are currently about 36.9 million people worldwide living with HIV (the virus … Continue reading World AIDS Day: Resources for a Quick Geographic Perspective