Sharks Crowd Florida Coast

SCIENCE In an annual spectacle, tens of thousands of sharks are congregating off the coast of Florida. (Christian Science Monitor) Use our activity to learn more about animal migration. Scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit, including today’s MapMaker Interactive map. Discussion Ideas According to the Christian Science Monitor article and the South Florida Sun-Sentinel video, thousands of blacktip … Continue reading Sharks Crowd Florida Coast

Thunderbolts and Lightning

SCIENCE Everyone knows what lightning sounds like: thunder. Now, for the first time, scientists have turned a thunderclap into an image. (Nature) Thunderbolts and lightning, very very enlightening . . . Learn more with our encyclopedic entry. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit. The video shows the lightning, the image below shows the thunder. Discussion Ideas Scientists recently … Continue reading Thunderbolts and Lightning

‘Aleksander the Great’ Wins ‘Adventurer of the Year’

SPORTS At 67 years old, a Polish kayaker completed the longest open-water kayaking expedition across the Atlantic in history—and won the People’s Choice Adventurer of the Year. (National Geographic Adventure) “If 67-years-young can do it, you can do it, too.” Get started with some great ideas for outdoor activities. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit—including today’s MapMaker … Continue reading ‘Aleksander the Great’ Wins ‘Adventurer of the Year’

Manatee Invasion!

ENVIRONMENT A Florida park had to close a freshwater spring to swimming and kayaking when over 300 manatees rapidly moved into the area at an unexpected rate. (USA Today) Learn a little about Florida’s manatees with our media spotlight. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit. Discussion Ideas Read through the short USA Today article and look at … Continue reading Manatee Invasion!

Mary Ellen Adlam: Florida Geographic Alliance Kicks Off GA Week

Mary Ellen Adlam aka “the Geography Lady,” has always loved maps, knowing about places, how they were established and why, and traveling. This enthusiasm for geography has lead her into teaching this subject, and becoming active in the FGA. Now retired from teaching, she is a member of the FGA Advisory Board and the Geography Action Coordinator for the state.
Her motto has always been “Geography is Everywhere.”

Mary_Ellen_Adlam_Pic1.JPGOur Florida kickoff for Geography Awareness Week was held at the Florida Council for the Social Studies meeting at the Marriott Hotel in Orlando, Florida, on Oct. 22-24, 2010. The Florida Geographic Alliance (FGA) gave out Fresh Water bottles to the first 500 registered teachers. An FGA table with water information, activities, and lesson plans was very busy all weekend. One thousand posters, brochures, lesson plans, and maps were distributed. Our website http://fga.freac.fsu.edu/gaw/ is full of great materials. Keep checking back as it will continue to grow.

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