Outdoor Classroom Day is May 17, and we put the call out to National Geographic Certified Educators to give us their favorite outdoor activities and teaching resources. In addition to this awesome library of outdoor lessons, materials, and partner activities, here are seven ways our certified educators get their classes outside. Jacqueline Dukes | All Ages One of my favorite outdoor activities is Sports Day … Continue reading 7 Outdoor Classroom Day Tips from National Geographic Certified Educators
ENVIRONMENT Honeybee hives aren’t natural, and they don’t help the environment. In fact, they may harm it. (NPR) Help wild bees! Build your own bee hotel! Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit. Discussion Ideas The NPR article says honeybees are not native species in the U.S. So, where did they come from? How did they get … Continue reading Honeybees Help Farmers, But They Don’t Help the Environment
Ignite learning as each new school week begins by using our multimedia and maps. Use our weekly ideas to wake up your students’ curiosity and spark new energy into learning about their world! A new year is here—how are you and your students celebrating the end of winter break and the beginning of January? Why not try a different and exciting activity that reminds them … Continue reading Weekly Warm-up: Have a Blast in 2015 with These Rocket Activities!
With all of the school-supply shopping over and done with, many students probably didn’t pick up a compass to take with them to school. And that’s OK, since long-gone are the days when kids trekked to school uphill both ways in blizzards. But do your students know the cardinal directions? Do they have a sense of their route to school, or even the route from … Continue reading Mapping Monday: The Overlooked School Supply
This week, an illustration that explains the depths of GIS caught my attention. What a clear way to explain how a map is created using many different data sources! It also intrigues me to dig deeper to learn more about GIS, something you may want to do in your classroom this year. The NatGeoEd website is full of resources that explain GIS (or geographic information systems) and resources … Continue reading Mapping Monday: The Depths of GIS