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

This Week in Geographic History, January 30 – February 5

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. Monday, January 30 TDIGH: Tet Offensive The 1968 surprise attacks carried out by communist-affiliated troops against South Vietnamese and American forces shifted public opinion … Continue reading This Week in Geographic History, January 30 – February 5

What Would Happen If Everyone Stopped Eating Meat?

WORLD What would happen if the whole world suddenly decided to give up meat? How much difference would it really make? And would it all be positive? (BBC) What is a vegetarian diet? How do vegetarian and other diets impact our health, environment, and cultural identity? Use our resources to get some ideas. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our … Continue reading What Would Happen If Everyone Stopped Eating Meat?

Educator Spotlight: Lessons from the Field

Beth Guzzetta, this week’s Educator of the Week, organizes international programs that emphasize field research as well as respect for other cultures and environments. Beth is a middle school math and science teacher and an international research educator at Allendale Columbia School in Rochester, New York. You seem to have a pretty unique role at your school. Can you tell me about it? I’m a classroom … Continue reading Educator Spotlight: Lessons from the Field

This Week in Geographic History, September 19-25

Here’s an advance look at a 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, September 20 TDIGH: Megatransect Protects African Wilderness NG Explorer-in-Residence Mike Fay’s 1999 expedition documenting biodiversity in the Congo River Basin helped lead … Continue reading This Week in Geographic History, September 19-25