Educator Heidi Ragsdale wrote this post. Living in a state with some of the highest peaks in the United States, I often wonder about the amazing views from these mountaintops. In 2015, I got to see one firsthand when I traveled to the top of Imogene Pass in the San Juan Mountains in southwestern Colorado. Time stood still as I took in the vista surrounding … Continue reading Unpacking the Everest StoryMap: My Four Instructional Tips
Explore the vital role of women throughout the years with this National Geographic Resource Library collection full of classroom-ready articles and videos. Not sure what to cover first during Women’s History Month? Browse our “What to Teach This Month” section for a few suggestions to spark conversations with your students. Women of NASA (Article): Some of NASA’s early missions were made possible because of the … Continue reading Resource Library Collection: Ideas to Celebrate Women’s History Month
The ocean covers 70% of the surface of Earth. It is a vital natural resource that produces food and oxygen, and has been key to trade and exploration for thousands of years. Despite this, our ocean is being damaged by overfishing, pollution, invasive species, acidification, and sea temperature rise. Ocean conservation will be one of the future generation’s defining missions. Photography courtesy of George F. … Continue reading National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey Special Collection: Treasure Trove of Ocean-Themed Classroom Material
Bringing thousands of students and citizens together with hundreds of scientists to explore a gorgeous national park is one awesome way to go about a BioBlitz. But it’s not the only way! The purpose of organizing a BioBlitz is to document every bit of life within a set parameter in order to understand that location’s biodiversity. This might include observing the magnificent redwoods of Muir Woods—and the … Continue reading Weekly Warm-Up: Get Ready for BioBlitz!
This week is National Robotics Week! It’s a great time to get to know robots—and design one yourself! It’s also a great time to revisit STEM and some great ways to incorporate these concepts into your classroom. It seems like every school year there is a new buzzword, everything from rigor to flipped classroom to grit. Time will tell which of these concepts have staying … Continue reading Weekly Warm-Up: STEM Education Resources