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Strategy Share: Employing Map Talks in the Classroom

Maps provide opportunities to look into the experiences of other people and consider what life may be like in other places. They are unique windows onto the rest of the world’s stories. I use Map Talks in my classroom to help my students read the stories that maps offer us and allow them to draw conclusions based on clues from the maps. Continue reading Strategy Share: Employing Map Talks in the Classroom

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Strategy Share: Celebrating World Cultures in the Elementary Classroom

Our Strategy Share series features innovative ideas, projects, and approaches from our community of educators. This post was written by educator Julie Yeros. Hi! I’m Julie Yeros, an elementary educator and creator of Globe Trottin’ Kids—a global learning website for students and educators. While my home base is in the beautiful state of Colorado, I have family scattered across three continents. Last spring, I wrote … Continue reading Strategy Share: Celebrating World Cultures in the Elementary Classroom

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Literacy Moves: Online reading with Explorer magazine

by Jim Bentley, fifth-grade teacher, National Geographic Fellow and Explorer. “Hey! It’s moving!” a student called out. “Which page?” asked an elbow partner. With a flurry of mouse clicks, my fifth graders were frenetically exploring their first online version of Explorer magazine. Some were vocal, excitedly sharing with partners the cool features they found on their screens, like a looping video of a lizard scurrying … Continue reading Literacy Moves: Online reading with Explorer magazine

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Strategy Share: Bring Space Exploration to Your Classroom for #WorldSpaceWeek

Our Strategy Share series features innovative ideas, projects, and approaches from our community of educators. This post was written by educator Kimi Waite. In December 2017, I was looking out the window up at the night sky while I was on the airport shuttle to Los Angeles International Airport when something strange suddenly caught my eye. I saw a bright glowing light, and then suddenly … Continue reading Strategy Share: Bring Space Exploration to Your Classroom for #WorldSpaceWeek

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Strategy Share: Empowering Students Through Connections with Explorers

Our Strategy Share series features innovative ideas, projects, and approaches from our community of educators. This post was written by educator Kimi Waite. It’s recess. Several small and curious faces peek around the corner from the kindergarten playground and look toward my classroom door where I’m standing with a special guest. A student in my class shouts, “HE’S HERE! HE’S HERE! OH MY GOD, HE’S … Continue reading Strategy Share: Empowering Students Through Connections with Explorers