Educator Spotlight: The Tower of Life

Katie Strong, this week’s Educator of the Week, invented a fun game to teach about the amazing biodiversity and interconnected nature of ecosystems. Katie is the Assistant to the Director at All One Ocean, a nonprofit with the mission of increasing youth and community awareness of the impacts that marine debris have on ocean ecosystems, marine life and human health, and to encourage environmental stewardship by supporting … Continue reading Educator Spotlight: The Tower of Life

#TeachNatGeo: The Big Six Extinctions (one is happening right now)

We’re in the middle of one of the biggest mass extinctions the world has ever seen. There have been five previous major mass extinctions, when more than 75% of all species on Earth vanished. Think about that for a second . . . three-quarters of life on this planet died. Five times. This list includes pictures of iconic species that went extinct during the five major … Continue reading #TeachNatGeo: The Big Six Extinctions (one is happening right now)

Educator Spotlight: Anybody Can Be A Scientist!

Katie Spear, this week’s Educator of the Week, uses this lesson to expose her students to the idea that anyone can be a scientist. Katie is a 5th-grade teacher at McKinley Elementary in San Leandro, California. Activity: What Do Scientists Do? Grade Level: 5 Time Commitment: 1 Month Inspiring Future Scientists To start the year, I teach a unit focused on the behaviors of a … Continue reading Educator Spotlight: Anybody Can Be A Scientist!

#TeachNatGeo: Six Women in Science that your Students Must Know

Women in science have fundamentally changed the world and the way we understand it. It’s time to recognize them. Marie Curie and Jane Goodall get some recognition, but countless other women in science still remain shamefully unrecognized. The women listed below are a tiny fraction of all the important women in science, but you can start with these six! 1. Mary Anning: Paleontology Mary Anning … Continue reading #TeachNatGeo: Six Women in Science that your Students Must Know

Educator Spotlight: Inspiring Global Readers

Marleen Spierings, this week’s Educator of the Week, inspires her students to be global readers by introducing them to English literature lessons and teachers from around the world. Marleen is an English teacher at Rijnlands Lyceum Oegstgeest near The Hague, Netherlands. Activity: “Why Metaphor?” (YMeta4) Grade Level: 9-12 Time Commitment: 3 Months This project aims to improve students’ understanding of literary devices and empowers them … Continue reading Educator Spotlight: Inspiring Global Readers