What did Nat Geo Education readers read this year? Here are the activities, stories, pictures, and assorted oddities you pushed to the top of our charts in 2017.
What Did You Read About This Year?
- The Bee! Our new collection of National Geographic Bee resources, including a daily quiz and collection of study guides, was a big hit with educators and students.
- Forces of Nature! This oldie-but-goodie is an interactive that takes you behind the scenes of hurricanes, volcanoes, tornadoes, and earthquakes.
- Read all about it! Our encyclopedia continues to provide reliable, interesting, and just plain pretty information about everything from remote Pacific garbage patches to Central Asian yurts.
- Out of Eden! Our explorer Paul Salopek is in the middle of Asia, and the middle of his seven-year journey tracing humanity’s voyage out of Africa and across the globe. Our pals at Out of Eden Learn are helping take Paul’s journey to classes around the world.
- Maps, maps, maps! In addition to making your own map with MapMaker Interactive, you loved our outline map of United States regions, this beautiful map of DNA haplogroups, our map layer on climate zones, our MapMaker map of the disputed Dakota Access Pipeline, our gorgeous map of bird migration in the Americas, and our MapMaker map outlining the proposed “Muslim Ban”.
- Critical thinking! This dizzying, dazzling infographic from the Global Digital Citizen Foundation was easily our most popular image of the year.
- Creature features! Animal-themed study guides were really popular this year. Lessons learned: Don’t feed ducks bread. Hummingbirds may help us get to Mars. Floating fire ants canmess with Texas. And sea lions have the worst-smelling farts.
- Dia de los Muertos! This classic study guide combines classic Nat Geo imagery, colonial history, media literacy, globalization, and some cool holiday critical thinking.
- All things eclipse! This summer’s solar eclipse brought readers to eclipse activities, references, and study guides.
- Current events! Current Event Connection helped bring discussions about the geography of such diverse news events as the Dakota Access Pipeline, the Gibraltar dispute, a leak in the Oroville Dam, the Brexit, and rivers that pollute the ocean.