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Daniel Raven-Ellison is a member of The Geography Collective, a partnership of geography teachers, academics, and explorers who work together to help (young) people explore, see and think about the world in new ways. Described by the Royal Geographical Society’s Geographical Magazine as ‘possibly the most radical geography-related book ever published’ their book Mission:Explore is available now and makes a perfect present for children and includes over 100 challenges to complete. You can visit their website at www.thegeographycollective.com and follow them on Twitter @GeoCollective and @MissionExplore.
Mission:Explore Freshwater is a booklet that we have written to support the National Geographic’s Geography Awareness Week’s theme of Freshwater. Water is fantastic stuff and important stuff. Not only does it bring us life, but it is one of those magical things that children are naturally curious about.
How does it get up into the sky? If animals pee in water, and water is mostly pee, does that mean I drink other animals pee? Can I jump in this puddle without getting wet? How long can I hold my breath while under water? What lives in water? Can I dam this?
Of course, each of these very playful questions are basically the same ones that are asked by meteorologists, epidemiologists, physicists, biologists, hydrologists, engineers, and, traversing the whole party.. geographers.
“Over the following pages you will discover a series of missions. Your challenge is to complete and record each of them as best you can. By the time you have completed your unique copy of this booklet you will be an extreme missioner and have a new-found expertise in guerrilla freshwater geography.”
The challenges, activities, and enquiries that we use in Mission:Explore are intentionally playful and can be used to inspire learning about a wide range of geographical issues. Exploration is a state of mind, journey and process of enquiry. To get the most out of Mission:Explore in class it’s important to take your time and go deeper than the suggested mission. What makes many of our missions a little different from usual classroom activities is the ‘guerrilla’ element. For us this is about young people learning about geography through unexpected or unusual ways.
Continue reading Daniel’s full post on his blog!