12 Things We Learned This Week!

What did you learn this week? Let us know in the comments or at education@ngs.org. This week, we learned… … that tea might be finished as the British national drink.   … how educators are reminding test-taking students that “there is no way to test all the amazing and awesome things that make you YOU.”   … that there’s a high school inside JFK Airport?!   … Continue reading 12 Things We Learned This Week!

Who Celebrates Dia de los Muertos?

#TBT alert! This blog post was originally published on October 31, 2013! UNITED STATES Is Dia de los Muertos—the Day of the Dead, celebrated by Latinos around the world—”The Next New American Holiday”? This infographic makes a convincing case! (Smithsonian Latino Virtual Museum) Use our resources to better understand Dia de los Muertos! Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ … Continue reading Who Celebrates Dia de los Muertos?

Geography of ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’

ARTS An Oscar-winning art director discusses how he designed an imaginary hotel in the fictional country of Zubrowka. (Nat Geo News) What style of hotel would you build in your own fictional country? Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit. Discussion Ideas Art director Adam Stockhausen just brought home his first Academy Award, for production design on Wes Anderson’s … Continue reading Geography of ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’

Africa’s Dazzling Diversity

GEOGRAPHY Africa is not a country. It’s an entire continent filled with amazing, unparalleled diversity of languages, peoples and nations. New maps illustrate just how diverse Africa really is. Beware: You can spend hours here. (Mic) Learn more about Africa’s dazzling cultural diversity. Discussion Ideas Take a look at the map above, or click here to see the full-size, zoomable version. Why do you think Africa’s … Continue reading Africa’s Dazzling Diversity

Carnival Cutbacks?

WORLD Shortages of both water and funds have cities across Brazil canceling or hedging plans—even for the world-famous Carnival of Rio. (The Guardian) Use our resources to learn more about Carnival and other cultural geographies of South America. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit. Discussion Ideas Read through our terrific encyclopedic entry on the cultural geography of South … Continue reading Carnival Cutbacks?