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. Tuesday, December 13 TDIGH: George W. Bush Claims U.S. Presidency Despite Al Gore winning the popular vote and the recount in Florida being unfinished, … Continue reading This Week in Geographic History, December 12 – 18
Monday, August 15 TDIGH: Panama Canal Opens The canal, which cuts across the Isthmus of Panama, allows ships to travel from the Pacific to the Atlantic Ocean in half the time. Map: Historical map showing Panama’s unique location Background: Read more about the Panama Canal Activity: How is climate change affecting shipping? Wednesday, August 17 TDIGH: Davy Crockett Born Though the “King of … Continue reading Looking Ahead: This Week in Geographic History, August 15-21
WORLD Could one of aviation’s most enduring mysteries be solved? An aircraft recovery group says it may have identified a part of Amelia Earhart’s plane—and knows where to find the rest of it. (Washington Post) Use our resources to learn more about Amelia Earhart’s final flight. Teachers, scroll all the way down for a short list of key resources in our “Teachers’ Toolkit.” Discussion Ideas … Continue reading Elusive End to Earhart Enigma?
By Andrew Rasner, National Geographic Intern That’s how Barrington Irving, a National Geographic Emerging Explorer who at 23 became the youngest person to fly around the world, describes his newest project, The Flying Classroom. This fall, Irving is making another transcontinental trip, stopping at more than 30 locations across North America, Asia, and Australia as students from across the country follow along in their classrooms. To … Continue reading A business jet, a virtual classroom, powered by students’ minds.
ENVIRONMENT Climate Change Could Mean Bumpier Flights Buckle up—thanks to climate change, airline passengers may be in for a bumpier ride. By 2050, airplanes could see a doubling in instances of turbulence over the North Atlantic Ocean—one of the world’s busiest flight corridors—due to shifts in the jet stream as a result of global warming, according to a new study. Discussion Ideas: This study links … Continue reading Climate Change Could Mean Bumpier Flights