Educator Spotlight: Exploring Indonesia through Art, Music, and Dance

Karen Krzystof-Bansley is a sixth-grade teacher at Maddock Elementary School in Burbank, Illinois. Karen has been teaching middle school for 16 years. Activity: Indonesian Pen Pals Subjects: writing, geography, communication Grade: 6-8 Tell us about your activity.   Over the course of the school year, my 6th graders were pen pals with a class in at SMP Sumatra 40 in Bandung, Indonesia. Through letter-writing, both sets … Continue reading Educator Spotlight: Exploring Indonesia through Art, Music, and Dance

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

The United States of Thanksgiving

UNITED STATES Here are delicious recipes that evoke each of the 50 states (and D.C. and Puerto Rico). Dig in, then tell us your choices. (New York Times) Use our resources to get some ideas about how native and immigrant cultures shape “American food.” Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit, including a link to today’s MapMaker Interactive map. … Continue reading The United States of Thanksgiving

Mapping Latino Populations in the U.S.

GEOGRAPHY Where do America’s Latino and Hispanic populations live? Flip through some new maps from the U.S. Census, and you’ll notice that while these groups are spread throughout the country, their numbers are concentrated in just a few major cities, including Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Miami, and Houston. (The Atlantic) (You may also want to consult this Pew Research study.) Use our resources to … Continue reading Mapping Latino Populations in the U.S.

Iranian Youth Correct Israeli Prime Minister

WORLD After Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu commented about the lack of freedom to wear denim and listen to Western music in Iran, young Iranians called him out on the Internet. (Jerusalem Post) Use our resources to better understand human geography and why it is so important for global citizenship. Discussion Ideas “I think if the Iranian people had freedom, they would wear jeans, listen … Continue reading Iranian Youth Correct Israeli Prime Minister