Building Student Empathy Around the Plastic Pollution Crisis

Justine Ammendolia is a marine biologist, a National Geographic Explorer, and, for a brief time, an expert in bird poop. It all began in 2014 when she traveled to Greenland with a grant from National Geographic to study the feeding habits of arctic seabirds. Unable to locate their food source, Ammendolia began looking in the next best place: their poop. That’s when she found something … Continue reading Building Student Empathy Around the Plastic Pollution Crisis

Literacy Moves: Annotating and writing with Explorer magazine

by Jim Bentley, fifth-grade teacher, National Geographic Fellow and Explorer In my last post, I shared how I coach students to navigate the paper version of Explorer magazine using Kylene Beers’ Reading Nonfiction: Notice & Note Stances, Signposts, and Strategies.  The big idea was this: Avoid teaching students how to engage a specific text; rather, teach them a system to interrogate text by noticing what … Continue reading Literacy Moves: Annotating and writing with Explorer magazine

Education Summit: Empowering The Next Generation of Planetary Stewards

On Monday, October 29, National Geographic is hosting an Education Summit that will showcase the many ways National Geographic is enhancing teaching and learning in classrooms across the country. The event will feature innovative strategies designed to ignite a spirit of exploration in students and empower them to create a healthier, more sustainable future. With a special focus on Planet or Plastic?—National Geographic’s multiyear effort … Continue reading Education Summit: Empowering The Next Generation of Planetary Stewards

Cake pops represent data points on a National Geographic world map.

Celebrating Geography

Today’s world is all about choices. What to buy, where to buy it, who to buy it from… and the amount of information that can impact our decisions only increases when talking about something like food. Food has been in focus at National Geographic lately, because it’s a critical juncture point when pondering our future well being. How does what we eat impact our environment and health? … Continue reading Celebrating Geography

#GreatNature: Celebrate Your Neighbors this September

This blog post was written by Justine Kendall, National Geographic Education staff. We’re sharing National Geographic staff and friends’ stories about nature to celebrate the Great Nature Project. To share your own nature photos of plants and animals with National Geographic, visit greatnatureproject.org.  What is Great Nature? To some of our explorers it’s a very, very close-up picture of a snake. To others it’s a regal … Continue reading #GreatNature: Celebrate Your Neighbors this September