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Mythical Cartography: A Creative Way to Foster an Explorer Mindset

If I want to create a dark world of intrigue and evil, how can I communicate that story through mapmaking? What shape might my landforms take? What colors or shading might I select? What fonts and place-names might evoke a sense of danger? Going deeper, how can I connect to cartographic traditions and the human journey while taking a step forward, away from colonial perspectives that linger on some current maps? The possible conversations and lessons here are limitless. Mapmaking can help students develop a sense of responsibility and respect for other people, cultures, and the natural world, thus helping build an Explorer Mindset. Continue reading Mythical Cartography: A Creative Way to Foster an Explorer Mindset

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Join Us 6/6 for A Star-Studded Explorer Classroom. Plus, Fun Summer Ideas

As the school year comes to a close, National Geographic Education recognizes the need for young people to continue exploring and learning outside the classroom. Kick off summer by participating in the season finale of Explorer Classroom on Monday, June 6, at 2 p.m. ET, where students will be able to ask a group of our Explorers about their exciting work. Then, challenge your students … Continue reading Join Us 6/6 for A Star-Studded Explorer Classroom. Plus, Fun Summer Ideas

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Unpacking the Everest StoryMap: My Four Instructional Tips

Educator Heidi Ragsdale wrote this post. Living in a state with some of the highest peaks in the United States, I often wonder about the amazing views from these mountaintops. In 2015, I got to see one firsthand when I traveled to the top of Imogene Pass in the San Juan Mountains in southwestern Colorado. Time stood still as I took in the vista surrounding … Continue reading Unpacking the Everest StoryMap: My Four Instructional Tips

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Use These Engaging Amazon Activities to Deepen Student Learning

Estimated to be twice the size of India and contain 10 percent of the world’s known species, the Amazon rainforest is a critically important ecosystem — but not just to the plants and animals that call it home. The importance of this threatened ecosystem to the health of our planet is one of the reasons the National Geographic Society focused a fantastic new set of resources on the Amazon. The curated collection, featuring activities, articles, and other engaging resources, is free and available to integrate into your Earth Month instruction! If you’re interested in supporting the inquisitive, budding Explorers in your own classroom, keep reading as I share some highlights and ideas from this awesome collection. Continue reading Use These Engaging Amazon Activities to Deepen Student Learning

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24 Fourth Graders + a National Geographic Explorer = Magic

Educator Sharee Barton wrote this post. In the spring of last year, National Geographic Explorer Rosa Vásquez Espinoza stood behind a tree in Yellowstone National Park, waiting to surprise 24 fourth-grade students with whom she’d been Zooming for several months. Suddenly, a voice yelled “Watch out” and Rosa turned around to see a huge bison walking in her direction. Rosa quickly moved away from the … Continue reading 24 Fourth Graders + a National Geographic Explorer = Magic