How Planning Remote Plant-Based Lessons Made Me Into a Student Again

During a time when many of us were spending day after day in the same spaces, it felt vital to renew our appreciation of the outdoor spaces that were still accessible to us, like our own backyards. Quite literally. I leaned on the National Geographic Learning Framework as a guide to create lessons and activities that asked students to go outside and engage with the ecosystems surrounding them. I focused on fostering curious attitudes, observation skills, and knowledge of wildlife and our changing planet. Each week from March to the end of the school year, we released “Science at Home” lessons to support students exploring nature from home. The activities covered a range of topics from compost to pollinators and had options to scale up or down depending on grade level. Our lessons aimed to transform things we might encounter every day into fun activities. A dandelion in the park could now be used for an experiment on osmosis, made into a nature bracelet, or baked into a cookie. Continue reading How Planning Remote Plant-Based Lessons Made Me Into a Student Again

How You Can Teach About The Earth In Any Classroom All Year Long

For educators, Earth Day is an interdisciplinary opportunity to illustrate for students how love for and protection of the Earth is relevant across contents and to inspire young people to take action for the planet each and every day beyond the scope of the classroom. For the 3 educators who follow, Earth Day inspires a creative approach to conservation, a love for nature, and a passion for change – regardless of content. Continue reading How You Can Teach About The Earth In Any Classroom All Year Long

Resource Library Collection: Ideas to Celebrate Women’s History Month

Explore the vital role of women throughout the years with this National Geographic Resource Library collection full of classroom-ready articles and videos. Not sure what to cover first during Women’s History Month? Browse our “What to Teach This Month” section for a few suggestions to spark conversations with your students.  Women of NASA (Article): Some of NASA’s early missions were made possible because of the … Continue reading Resource Library Collection: Ideas to Celebrate Women’s History Month

Strategy Share: Using Photographs to Enhance Storytelling and Geography Skills

When I traveled to South Georgia as a Grosvenor Teacher Fellow, I felt compelled to read Alfred Lansing’s Endurance, about Ernest Shackleton’s ill-fated attempt to transect Antarctica. Shackleton came to South Georgia to get help for the men he left on another Antarctic island. I was intrigued by his perilous journey and wanted to re-enact this epic trek on South Georgia once I got there. Unfortunately, in all the excitement of seeing icebergs, dodging fur seals, and trekking up snowy hills, I forgot to do my re-enactment. Continue reading Strategy Share: Using Photographs to Enhance Storytelling and Geography Skills