What’s Up with the Shutdown?

POLITICS The federal government failed to pass a spending bill, causing the first government shutdown since 2013. This process will complicate many lives—those of federal workers and the millions of Americans who rely on them. (Washington Post) Remember the last shutdown? Use our study guide to compare and contrast the impact on government and everyday citizens. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key … Continue reading What’s Up with the Shutdown?

Supreme Court Gets a Pass(port)

GEOGRAPHY Zivotofsky v. Kerry is a U.S. Supreme Court case that has to do with two big, difficult issues in real-world geography: how the US government is allowed to make foreign policy and—in case that isn’t tough enough—the state of Jerusalem in the Israel-Palestine conflict. Good luck, justices. (Vox) Use our resources to navigate the physical and cultural geography of Jerusalem. Teachers, scroll all the way … Continue reading Supreme Court Gets a Pass(port)

Mapping Monday: How Votes Moved Many

When it comes to midterm elections, what do your students think? Are they confused as to why the elections are being held without a presidential race? Or are they tuned in to the fact that the officials elected during midterm elections can have a great impact on the future of their local communities? Do they realize that some of the officials elected during midterm elections have influence … Continue reading Mapping Monday: How Votes Moved Many

Breaking Down the Shutdown

POLITICS It’s the 123rd birthday of Yosemite National Park. To celebrate, visit a national park, a system called “America’s Best Idea.” Oh, wait. YOU CAN’T. A government shutdown is now upon us. The House and Senate couldn’t agree on a bill to fund the government, and time has run out. So . . . what does this mean? (Washington Post) Use our resources to get an … Continue reading Breaking Down the Shutdown

March 2009 Newsletter

Read the March 2009 Newsletter: “Dive into the Oceans”

Inside: A Huge “THANK YOU” to All Who Wrote Congress
GeoFeature: A Whale of a Time
Geography in the News: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch
Blog: National Geographic’s Greatest Ocean Adventurers

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