By Celeste Harrison National Geographic’s Explorer Classroom connects classrooms around the world with National Geographic Explorers, bringing science, exploration, and conservation to life through live video events. Watch our video! Each month Explorer Classroom features a new theme and provides supporting resources for educators. Throughout the school year, classes can also join explorers live on expedition through our In the Field series. We’re thrilled to … Continue reading Explore Reefs with Explorer Classroom!
ENVIRONMENT Experiments show that people value pretty reefs over healthy ones. (Hakai) Use our lesson plan to help introduce students to coral reef ecosystems. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit. Discussion Ideas New research indicates our bias toward pretty pictures may influence our perception of coral reefs. What are coral reefs? Coral reefs are incredibly biodiverse ecosystems … Continue reading We Have Unrealistic Beauty Standards for Coral, Too
ENVIRONMENT From Banana Boat to Coppertone, major sunscreen brands may soon have to revamp their products or stop selling them in Hawaii, which is looking out for its coral reefs. (Washington Post) Sunscreens are probably damaging oyster reefs, too. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit. Discussion Ideas The Aloha State, Hawaii, may ban some sunscreens. What is … Continue reading Hawaii May Ban Sunscreen
Victoria Obenchain helped her 6th-grade science class understand how carbon dioxide in the atmosphere affects coral reefs and other marine life. Students learned about how carbon dioxide in the atmosphere leads to ocean acidification. Continue reading Educator Spotlight: Experimenting with the Effects of Ocean Acidification
What did you learn this week? Let us know in the comments or at firstname.lastname@example.org. This week, we learned … … crosswalk buttons are just one example of “placebo buttons” that don’t actually do anything. Do you think “placebo buttons” are helpful to pedestrians? Why or why not? Do some tests in your neighborhood! Does pressing a crosswalk button really hasten a red light? Video: … Continue reading 10 Things We Learned This Week