Weekly Warm-Up: 5 Ways We are Warming Up on Snow Days

When it comes to winter, those of us who reside in chilly regions welcome snow days as a break from reality. After snow falls, the world is transformed into a different place. When snow covers everything, nothing seems dirty, nothing seems disturbed. But underneath it all, something is disturbed. Climate change impacts where and when snowfall happens, and also where snow accumulates and stays for … Continue reading Weekly Warm-Up: 5 Ways We are Warming Up on Snow Days

Strategy Share: Support Classroom Discussion by Incorporating Students’ Culture

Student discourse is a major component of any classroom. Teachers work to create a learning environment that fosters critical thought and provides a safe space for new ideas. There are a wide range of facilitation techniques designed to support classroom discussion, but they don’t always allow students to voice ideas based on their own understanding of the world. When we facilitate dialogue that feels separate from students’ lives, we limit the connections they can build. Continue reading Strategy Share: Support Classroom Discussion by Incorporating Students’ Culture

Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire Documented in Greenlandic Ice

WORLD Modern people aren’t the only ones who’ve polluted the atmosphere. Ancient air pollution has now allowed scientists a peek into the economic health of Ancient Rome. (Science) Use our rich collection of resources to learn more about the geographic, cultural, and political atmosphere of Ancient Rome—and decide for yourself if it was polluted. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in … Continue reading Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire Documented in Greenlandic Ice

Vikings Could Have Used ‘Sunstones’ to Navigate the North Atlantic

WORLD For centuries, Viking seafarers ruled the North Atlantic, braving open seas to travel thousands of kilometers to their colonies in Iceland and Greenland—all without magnetic compasses. How they performed such a feat has long puzzled scientists. Now, one group of researchers has an answer, based on computer simulations—and legendary crystals. (Science) What were Viking sunstones? Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key … Continue reading Vikings Could Have Used ‘Sunstones’ to Navigate the North Atlantic

Driftwood Cartography

GEOGRAPHY As a source of information, a map is always a way of groping through the darkness of the unknown. But locating yourself in space has never been cartography’s sole function: like these driftwood pieces, maps inevitably chart how cultures perceive not only their landscapes but their lives. (Guardian) How did other indigenous islanders map their lives? Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of … Continue reading Driftwood Cartography