Weekly Warm-Up: Five Ways to Teach Black History Month

February is the month when we celebrate the rich history of the African diaspora and honor the brave men and women who fought for the civil rights of African Americans. National Geographic Education has a great collection of resources to help educators teach this important topic to students of all backgrounds. Here are five highlights from the growing collection. 1. PROFILES IN BLACK HISTORY Read … Continue reading Weekly Warm-Up: Five Ways to Teach Black History Month

Weekly Warm-Up: What’s Up with St. Patrick’s Day?

Next week, the world will celebrate the day of green, shamrocks, and hopefully a little luck—that’s right, Saint Patrick’s Day. Who was St. Patrick? Learn a little about him here. Saint Patrick is one of three patron saints of Ireland, and easily the most well-known. (Ireland’s other patron saints are St. Brigit and St. Columba.) Patrick was born Maewyn Succat in Roman Britain around 390, … Continue reading Weekly Warm-Up: What’s Up with St. Patrick’s Day?

Weekly Warm-Up: Arctic Adaptations

February 27 is International Polar Bear Day! Every year, this day draws attention to the challenges faced by polar bears and other animals in a warming Arctic. What better time to learn about the amazing adaptations of Arctic animals? (And alliteration, apparently.) The Arctic is home to life that exists nowhere else on Earth. Polar bears, narwhals, bowhead whales and other creatures that are able … Continue reading Weekly Warm-Up: Arctic Adaptations

Weekly Warm-Up: Five Winter Wonders

Temperatures are dropping (in the Northern Hemisphere, at least . . . ) and winter is coming. (The winter solstice, marking the beginning of the season, is December 22.) Warm up your classroom with these frosty winter wonders! 1. The City of Ice (Harbin, Heilongjiang Province, China) For more than 30 years, the city of Harbin in Northeast China has hosted the Harbin International Ice … Continue reading Weekly Warm-Up: Five Winter Wonders

FREE iBook: A Guide for Teaching the Ocean in Grades 3-8

One Ocean is an environmental literacy guide that includes topics with real-world context and background information, designed to support educators when teaching about the ocean. Developed by National Geographic, It provides a solid introduction to the ocean and the ocean literacy principles in an accessible and reader-friendly manner. In addition to general information about the ocean, the guide includes numerous education features, such as teaching tips and … Continue reading FREE iBook: A Guide for Teaching the Ocean in Grades 3-8