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Strategy Share: Using Immersive Stimuli to Drive Student Inquiry

As student inquiry becomes a primary focus of social studies and science instruction, educators across the nation are designing lessons that challenge learners to ask and answer their own questions. Asking effective questions is a critical authentic skill, yet it can be challenging, especially for learners new to the inquiry process. Continue reading Strategy Share: Using Immersive Stimuli to Drive Student Inquiry

Strategy Share: Cultivating a Sense of Wonder with Early Elementary Students

After ten years in the classroom, I can attest that children have a natural propensity for wonder. At the same time, I wholeheartedly believe it’s my responsibility to cultivate their curiosity and wonder. I do this by deliberately employing strategies and designing experiences that celebrate an inquisitive nature and build students’ confidence in wondering about the world. Below are two practical strategies I encourage you to try. Continue reading Strategy Share: Cultivating a Sense of Wonder with Early Elementary Students

Deep Waters Spiral Around Antarctica

SCIENCE Research reveals the pathways and timescales of deep, overturning waters around Antarctica. (MIT News) What are those deep, overturning waters called? Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit. Discussion Ideas New research examines the geography of the “large, deep currents in the Pacific, Atlantic, and Indian oceans” as they flow southward and converge around Antarctica. What is … Continue reading Deep Waters Spiral Around Antarctica

Why is This Glacier Bleeding?

SCIENCE Most glaciers weep freshwater ‘tears’—this one gushes briny ‘blood.’ (Nat Geo News) Learn all about Blood Falls with our great resource, including educator, student, and family versions. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit. Discussion Ideas According to our study guide on Blood Falls, the phenomenon is a liquid outflow at the snout of Taylor Glacier in … Continue reading Why is This Glacier Bleeding?

This Week in Geographic History, January 16 – 22

Here’s an advance look at some of the “This Day in Geographic History” (TDIGH) events coming up this week. For each date, we’ve matched it with a map or visual, background information, and a classroom activity so you can plan ahead. TDIGH: First Meeting of the Security Council The United Nations Security Council, which is tasked with the responsibility of “maintaining international peace and security,” … Continue reading This Week in Geographic History, January 16 – 22