During the 2018-19 school year, teams of middle schoolers tackled the problem of plastic pollution in our waterways with the National Geographic GeoChallenge. First-place teams from sixteen regional competitions traveled to the 2019 Geo Championships in Washington, D.C. in May 2019. This blog series introduces you to each of those teams in their own words.* Registration for next year’s #NatGeoChallenge opens in August at NatGeoEd.org/GeoChallenge. … Continue reading Meet the Team: Kids Against Pollution
Our Strategy Share series features innovative ideas, projects, and approaches from inside and outside our community of educators. This post was written by educator Kimi Waite. Read our Educator Spotlight on Kimi here. Hi to all the global citizens, explorers, and educators! In my previous post, I shared how I use National Geographic Young Explorer Magazine as a powerful tool to empower my students to make … Continue reading Strategy Share: Environmental Literacy and Connections with STEM Californians
Students participated in a local air quality study at their school which led to larger ideas about climate science. Continue reading Strategy Share: Turning Small Connections into Large Ideas: Studying School Air Quality and Climate Science
Concerned about all of the pollution reaching the Colorado River, the GeoScientists team designed a “river sweeper” prototype to collect plastic debris in the river. They also started a public awareness campaign in their school against littering. Continue reading Meet the Team: GeoScientists
Educator Becky Schnekser employs the Explorer Mindset teaching strategy in her classroom, and shares how she turned her classroom into a spelunking expedition. Continue reading Strategy Share: Creating Experiences Rather Than “Lessons”
Mary Hanan led her middle school science students on a year-long study of specific plots of land. Students made observations and collected data to demonstrate how their plot of land changed over time. Continue reading Educator Spotlight: Observing Our Changing Earth
Registration for next year’s National Geographic GeoBee and National Geographic GeoChallenge will open in August. The 2019 Geo Championships mark the culmination of the 2018-2019 National Geographic GeoBee and National Geographic GeoChallenge student competitions. This event is part of National Geographic’s mission to teach students about the world and how it works, with the goal of empowering the next generation of geographers, scientists, conservationists and … Continue reading Meet the 2019 Geo Champions!
Tune into the 2019 Geo Championships Finals TOMORROW (5/22) from 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. ET. The 2019 Geo Championships Semifinals were held today at National Geographic headquarters in Washington, D.C. The top three GeoBee students and the top three GeoChallenge teams advance to the final round held tomorrow, Wednesday, May 22, at 3:30 p.m. EST. Watch the 2019 Geo Championship finals live with your students. … Continue reading Congratulations to the 2019 Geo Championships Finalists!
Tune into the 2019 Geo Championships Semifinals TOMORROW (5/21) from 1:00 – 3:15 p.m. ET. Watch the finals on Wednesday (5/22) from 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. ET. This morning, 54 state champions competed in the National Geographic GeoBee Preliminaries. Ten students are moving on to the 2019 Geo Championships Semifinals tomorrow, 5/21 from 1:00 – 3:15 p.m. ET. Tune in live with your students to … Continue reading Meet the 2019 #NatGeoBee Top 10
Tune into the 2019 Geo Championships Semifinals TOMORROW (5/21) from 1:00 – 3:15 p.m. ET. Watch the finals on Wednesday (5/22) from 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. ET. The 2019 Geo Championships begin today at National Geographic headquarters in Washington, D.C. This event celebrates the hard work students invested this school year into the National Geographic GeoBee and National Geographic GeoChallenge. Now in its 31st year, … Continue reading The 2019 Geo Championships are Here!
Matt Kuehl’s high school biology students investigated the frequency of common biological pathogens. Then they investigated the death rates of several diseases and plotted them on a mega map. Students identified correlations between the frequencies of the diseases and the locations of high death rates. Continue reading Educator Spotlight: Mapping Infectious Disease Trends
Susan Geidner’s kindergarten library class read nonfiction texts with the goal of raising awareness about access to books worldwide. This project led to a community-wide effort to help build a library in a town in Vietnam. Continue reading Educator Spotlight: Improving Access to Books Worldwide
I’ve found that Young Explorer magazine emphasizes to my learners that they are explorers. They see themselves in this identity, and the magazine allows them to tap into that mindset cross-curricularly. It also shows them diverse models of exploration as well as topics they may have not considered before. Continue reading Give Your Students a Subscription to Exploration!
Frieda de Bruyn helped her high school biology students cultivate awareness about global water scarcity. Students also gained a sense of responsibility for their own water usage and developed empathy for people affected by water scarcity around the world. Continue reading Educator Spotlight: Increasing Awareness of Water Scarcity
Andrea Sayler fostered her students’ curiosity of the natural world by holding a BioBlitz in the nature preserve near their school. A BioBlitz is an event that brings together community members to find and identify as many species as possible in a specific area over a short period of time. Andrea’s students used the data they gathered to develop research projects on flora or fauna that interested them. They shared their findings with their school community. Continue reading Educator Spotlight: A Student-Led Exploration of Local Species
In your classroom, you know which students will have an answer immediately and who will need some “think time.” You know which students participate with enthusiasm in group activities and who needs more encouragement. Continue reading Strategy Share: Introverts in the Classroom
Meet a few of our explorers focusing on all things ocean! Check out our archive of Explorer Classroom events to meet even more. 1. Meet Sylvia Earle “Called “Her Deepness” by the New Yorker and the New York Times, “Living Legend” by the Library of Congress, and the first “Hero for the Planet,” Sylvia is an oceanographer, explorer, author, and lecturer with experience as a … Continue reading Five Female Ocean Explorers
Springtime for teachers can waver between exhaustion and exhilaration. “Interestingly enough,” one educator noted in an ASCD essay on End of the Year Reflections, “I would find myself re-energized and ready to start daydreaming about my next year. What would my students be like? How could I rearrange my room? What new practices could I implement that would totally overhaul and revolutionize my instruction? My … Continue reading Pick Up Your End-of-Year Energy with Our Professional Development Opportunities
This week, we learned … … teachers work more unpaid overtime than anyone else. Tell us something we don’t know! Check out our professional development opportunities to help alleviate unpaid OT. … the Cook Islands may literally redefine themselves. Where are the Cook Islands? Use our downloadable 1-Page Map to find these Pacific archipelagoes. … Scandinavian Americans are tiring of lutefisk, but African … Continue reading 11 Things We Learned This Week
Kim Heckart integrated science and literacy in an inquiry unit investigating the declining bee population. Her third-graders used nonfiction texts to research the reasons behind the decline. They also communicated the problem to their school community and created bee “hotels” to help provide habitat for bees. Continue reading Educator Spotlight: Taking Action to Bolster the Bee Population
Well, hello there! My name is Becky, and I am an elementary science teacher in Virginia Beach, Virginia! I am an avid science nerd, athlete, Washington football fan, Twitter-er, Instagrammer, dance mom, soccer mom, and just living that teacher life. I love being in the field, whether it’s on my school campus, a local park, or the Peruvian Amazon. In the field, no matter the … Continue reading Meet Becky Schnekser
The National Association for Music Education recognizes Music in Our Schools Month (MIOSM) as a time to “raise awareness of the importance of music education for all children—and to remind citizens that school is where all children should have access to music.” Here are five ways you can integrate music into geography, language arts, civics, and social studies classrooms. Use our diverse resources to explore … Continue reading Music in Our Schools, Music in Your Classroom!
Teachers are constantly engaging with others—students, parents, and colleagues—yet they are the only ones with a complete understanding of their classrooms and practices. As a result, being a teacher can be lonely. I taught at a small school. I loved my colleagues on my social studies team; we shared resources and supported each other. Still, if I wanted to integrate new ideas into my curriculum, … Continue reading Developing a “National Geographic Explorer” Mindset in the Classroom
“How can my students learn literacy in a science classroom?” As a science teacher, I frequently hear this question from my colleagues. It is easy to confuse literacy for the act of learning to read, when really literacy is the act of reading to learn. This confusion can make non-language arts teachers believe that literacy is not a part of their instruction. Continue reading Strategy Share: Teaching Literacy in the Science Classroom
This post was written by educator Kimi Waite. Read our Educator Spotlight on Kimi here. Hi everyone! I’m Kimberly Waite, but you can call me Kimi. I’m a global citizen, explorer, and educator. (Fabric fish seem to figure into Kimi’s life of exploration! —ed) My life’s passions are travel and exploration, and my most powerful teaching and learning experiences have occurred outside of the classroom … Continue reading Global Citizen, Explorer, Educator
Defend your coastline from invasive species—enjoy a meal! It’s National Invasive Species Week! Invasive species—sometimes called “alien invaders”—are organisms that are not native to the places where they live. They compete so successfully in new ecosystems that they displace native species, and disrupt important processes like food webs. In the ocean, alien invaders can cause serious damage to habitats where seafood is caught or harvested. … Continue reading Eat An Alien Invader!
Our February newsletter is full of fun, fearless females and innovative ways to bring Black History Month to class! As always, our newsletter also features key dates and highlights of work around here at Nat Geo Ed. Click to download, and sign up to receive our monthly newsletter here! Continue reading Nat Geo Educator Update: February 2019
This week, we learned … … an icy superhighway once carried glaciers from Namibia to Brazil. How did they drift apart? … the Delta teacher shortage has reached crisis levels. What are trends that contribute to teacher shortages? How is National Geographic working to address them? … for years, buckets full of uranium ore sat in a museum building at Grand Canyon National … Continue reading 11 Things We Learned This Week