Sound Out Your City

GEOGRAPHY New maps offer an interactive look at the soundscapes of 12 different cities. (Wired) Chart your own “soundscape” and other geography adventures with Mission: Explore! Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit. Discussion Ideas Go on a “soundwalk” of your school or neighborhood. Keep notes about what you hear, and how those sounds make you feel. The … Continue reading Sound Out Your City

Why are U.S. Students Bad at Geography?

EDUCATION Nearly three-quarters of eighth-graders tested below proficient in geography on the Nation’s Report Card. Now a new study suggests some reasons why. (U.S. News and World Report) The new government report relied heavily on our own Road Map Project—click here to learn more about the road map for large-scale improvement of K-12 geography education. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources … Continue reading Why are U.S. Students Bad at Geography?

Sniffing out Cartography

GEOGRAPHY Urban smellscape researcher Kate McLean travels the world mapping scents: Edinburgh smells of the brewery and penguin poo, New York’s summer is ripe with garlic and spilled beer, while Amsterdam smells of … damp? (Guardian) Chart your own “smellscape” and other geography adventures with Mission: Explore! Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit. “My process of smellmap … Continue reading Sniffing out Cartography

A Resource Management Lesson: Settlers of Catan

Show me a man whose favorite game is Risk, and I’ll show you a man who’s never played Settlers. With those words, my dear friend Colin kicked off a round of the board game, Settlers of Catan. I didn’t know this game existed until last year, when my former roommate Dan (also a geo-nerd) introduced it to me.  I’m not sure how I managed to graduate … Continue reading A Resource Management Lesson: Settlers of Catan

Have Your Students Run Around the Globe

Here’s a new spin on “physical geography.” At Sequoia Middle School in Fontana, California, a teacher’s unique program links phys ed, geography, math, and world history. From the Fontana Herald News: Several students at Sequoia Middle School are “running around the world,” and along the way, they’re learning about the cities, states and countries they’re passing through. Read more, then tell us what you think. … Continue reading Have Your Students Run Around the Globe