Get ready for Asia this Geography Awareness Week!

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Mark your calendars: Geography Awareness Week is November 11th
-17th, and this year’s focus is Asia.

With the help of ESRI, Smithsonian, Asia
, and Google Earth, the My Wonderful World team will
launch seven days of ‘tours,’ videos, and other activities during this very
geographic week. These online adventures will introduce families and classrooms
excited about their wonderful world to Asian foods, festivals, art, animals,
and natural wonders. If you haven’t already, sign up now for the
campaign newsletter, and you’ll receive a reminder about this virtual trip
through the vast cultures and environments of Asia.
[* Try your hand at last year’s Google Earth Africa Quiz for a
preview of the action to come.]

If you’re ready for a preliminary tour of Asia, check out Asia’s
People and Places
. Then, visit the World Music site and browse by ‘region’ to get even more into
the mood!

And for teachers planning ahead for Geography Awareness Week,
check out National Geographic EdNet’s Asia Resources. A few lesson plans
we recommend (most from National Geographic’s “Xpeditions” site include the following:

 Grades K-2:
1) “Greeting Friends from other Places”
2) “Life in the Mountains”

Grades 3-5:
1) “Where do your belongings come from?”
2) The Aral Sea: Then and now”

Grades 6-8:
1) “Religion and Belief Systems in Asia”
2) Species forSale–Endangered Species as

Grades 9-12:
1) “From Whose Perspective–Critically Analyzing News
Coverage of Palestinian-Israeli Violence”

2) “Water Resources in Asia–Change
and Challenges”

Plan now, too, to join an event in your community with GIS
Day. These annual events all over the globe, supported by ESRI, will help you discover
the world through GIS. See to find an event in your area. If you’re in the  D.C. area, we hope you’ll attend  GIS Day at the National Zoo, a FREE Chinese language immersion classes at Jabberu, and Coach L’s World Ball Night at George Mason University.

We hope you’re getting as excited for Geography Awareness
Week as we are!

Sarah for My Wonderful World

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