Here’s an advance look at some of the “This Day in Geographic History” (TDIGH) events coming up this week. For each date, we’ve matched it with a map or visual, background information, and a classroom activity so you can plan ahead.
Monday, May 22
The UN created this day in 2000 to raise awareness about protecting living organisms in ecosystems around the world.
Background: What is biodiversity?
Activity: Do a bioblitz in your backyard!
The magnitude 9.5 earthquake that struck southern Chile in 1960 remains the most powerful earthquake on record.
Map: Plate Tectonics
Background: Video explaining what causes earthquakes
Thursday, May 25
Since 1953 public television stations have brought viewers educational and entertaining programs such as Sesame Street and Downton Abbey.
Background: How public media works
Saturday, May 27
California’s iconic bridge was the world’s longest suspension bridge when it opened in 1937.
Activity: Golden Gate Bridge coloring page
Sunday, May 28
The 1830 act led to the brutal forced relocation of 46,000 Native Americans in order to make room for white settlement and slavery in the West.
Activity: Watch the short video “Trail of Tears: Are the Cherokee an Independent Nation?” Ask students to share their view on President Jackson’s choice to defy a Supreme Court decision.