Weekly Warm-Up: Five Ways to Teach Black History Month

February is the month when we celebrate the rich history of the African diaspora and honor the brave men and women who fought for the civil rights of African Americans. National Geographic Education has a great collection of resources to help educators teach this important topic to students of all backgrounds. Here are five highlights from the growing collection. 1. PROFILES IN BLACK HISTORY Read … Continue reading Weekly Warm-Up: Five Ways to Teach Black History Month

Geography Awareness Week: Honoring a Forgotten Slave Cemetery

UNITED STATES Students and educators who discovered a slave burial site at a Bronx park are working to have a marker placed, delivering belated recognition to early New Yorkers. (New York Times) The Hunts Point Slave Burial Ground Project has a fantastic, standards-aligned curriculum. This citizen science project is a perfect example of the Geography of Civil Rights—this year’s Geography Awareness Week theme. Teachers, scroll … Continue reading Geography Awareness Week: Honoring a Forgotten Slave Cemetery

Three Ways to Teach Civil Rights Through Geography

As we dive into Geography Awareness Week, I start with the reminder to all social studies teachers: social studies is more than just history. It’s economics, psychology, civics, and most importantly (yes, I’m biased) GEOGRAPHY. If you skip out on geography most weeks, make sure that this week you find some time to work it into your plans. This year’s Geography Awareness Week theme is “The … Continue reading Three Ways to Teach Civil Rights Through Geography

This Week in Geographic History: Civil Rights Act of 1964

We’re slowing down for the summer! Instead of our usual roundup of “This Day in Geographic History” (TDIGH) events, here’s a closer look at one historic event that connects to something in the news today. We’ve also matched it with a map or visual, background information, and additional resources. Sunday, July 2 TDIGH: Civil Rights Act of 1964 The landmark legislation ended segregation in public … Continue reading This Week in Geographic History: Civil Rights Act of 1964

7 Reasons to be Optimistic This Women’s Day

BUSINESS While collectively as a nation—and especially as women—we’ve faced some significant challenges, there still remains much to be hopeful about. (Forbes) Use our wide-ranging collection of resources to recognize issues that impact women and girls, and honor achievements of pioneering women of the past and present. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit. Discussion Ideas 1. More … Continue reading 7 Reasons to be Optimistic This Women’s Day