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 14
The vaccine Edward Jenner invented helped lead to the eventual eradication of smallpox in 1979.
Tuesday, May 15
The Korean leader’s legacy includes creating what many linguistics consider the best alphabet in the world.
Activity: Have students read this fascinating article about why hangul, the Korean alphabet, is so unique. Ask students how its letters, sounds, and groupings compare to English, Spanish, or other languages they speak.
Thursday, May 17
With Oliver Brown, et al. v. Board of Education of Topeka, et al. the U.S. Supreme Court outlawed racial segregation in schools, declaring that “separate but equal” schools are “inherently unequal.”
Background: The Brown decision was actually five cases. Learn about the cases, and listen to a podcast on the troubling outcome mandating integration with “all deliberate speed.” (You can also have students discuss how the Supreme Court decided to slow integration with the language in Brown using this great resource.)
Friday, May 18
The eruption of Mount St. Helens, Washington, was the deadliest and most economically destructive volcanic event in U.S. history.
Background: Consult our resources to get information about stratovolcanoes like Mount St. Helens, and why pyroclastic flows are the most dangerous volcanic hazard.
Friday, May 18
Since 1977, the annual event has honored museums’ importance to education and society overall.
Background: The objective of International Museum Day is to raise awareness of the fact that, “Museums are an important means of cultural exchange, enrichment of cultures and development of mutual understanding, cooperation and peace among peoples.” Learn more and find an event near you!
Activity: This year’s theme is “Hyperconnected museums: New approaches, new publics”. How do museums interact and contribute to how we think of subjects such as human geography, natural history, the global economy, cultural exchange, technology, or trade?