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.
Tuesday, October 24
Since 1945, the intergovernmental organization has worked to uphold international law, promote economic progress, and protect human rights around the world.
Map: UN Member States
Background: International organizations
Activity: Explore this interactive of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. Ask students which goals they would be most interested in working on.
The Centers for Disease Control created this day in 2012 to raise awareness about the virus, which still exists in three countries.
Visual: Shots that Save Lives
Background: Polio vaccine
Activity: Brainstorm geographical, political, and social reasons for why polio hasn’t been eradicated yet. (Answers here.)
Wednesday, October 25
Though best known for his cubist paintings, the Spanish artist produced thousands of works in styles ranging from traditional to surrealist.
Visual: Picasso’s works
Context: The Spanish Civil War
Activity: Closely look at Guernica, one of Picasso’s most famous paintings, and read this article to understand the context of the painting. Ask students what messages they think the objects in the painting send.
Thursday, October 26
In 1985 the Australian government returned the sandstone formation known as Uluru, or Ayers Rock, to the Aborigines from that area.
Background: Human Geography of Australia
Sunday, October 29
The crash of the U.S. stock market in 1929 resulted in the decade-long Great Depression.
Background: Video: “1929 Stock Market Crash”