Isolated Tribes and Forests Threatened by New Amazon Road

ENVIRONMENT Communities in Peru are opposing a major development project approved by their central government. (National Geographic) Use our inquiry-based lesson plan to help students analyze the impact of building a road in the Amazon. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit. Discussion Ideas Use these questions to start student inquiry. Then, use our lesson to help explore … Continue reading Isolated Tribes and Forests Threatened by New Amazon Road

Deforestation in the Amazon is Devastating Fish Stocks

ENVIRONMENT When it comes to deforestation, wood and water are often looked at in isolation. However, there is a significant link between deforestation and reduced fish catches. (Geographical) This current event pairs beautifully with our activity on the effects of deforestation in the Amazon. Use it! Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit. Discussion Ideas New research has … Continue reading Deforestation in the Amazon is Devastating Fish Stocks

The Amazon Rain Forest Is Not an Untamed Jungle

GEOGRAPHY The biodiversity of the Amazon rain forest is not entirely pristine. It was also shaped by an ancient hunger for fruits and nuts. (Nature) Use our activity to learn more about biodiversity in the Amazon. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit. Discussion Ideas A new study analyzes the distribution of domesticated trees in the Amazon rain … Continue reading The Amazon Rain Forest Is Not an Untamed Jungle

10 Things We Learned This Week!

What did you learn this week? Let us know in the comments or at education@ngs.org. This week, we learned … … there is a secret library in Syria—and users dodge bullets to reach it. Learn more about the civil war in Syria here.     … students who take AP classes don’t actually get better grades. Still interested in AP? Try material from our AP … Continue reading 10 Things We Learned This Week!

Weekly Warm-Up: 6 Ways to Introduce Students to Biodiversity

May 22 is the International Day for Biological Diversity, established by the United Nations. But when biodiversity exists everywhere from the Amazon Basin to the inside of your own belly button, where do you begin? Check out six of our resources that provide entryways to teaching the topic. 1. Powerful Pollinators 75 percent of the world’s major crops rely on bees, birds, and other creatures for pollination. In … Continue reading Weekly Warm-Up: 6 Ways to Introduce Students to Biodiversity