ENVIRONMENT Incredible photographs from a beach in Siberia show thousands of naturally formed snowballs spread across an 18-kilometer (11-mile) stretch of coast. This is now officially the best place in the world to have a snowball fight. (Gizmodo) But should you eat them? Use our study guide to investigate further. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit, including … Continue reading Siberian Snowballs May Mean Snowy Winter in the U.S.
Climate change is a difficult subject for adults as well as children to wrap their brains around. Of course, there are political, cultural, and even neurological reasons for that. But there may be a simpler explanation, too. The results of climate change are incredibly vast and varied. It can be a challenge to think of climate change as a singular concept when its manifestations range from rising sea … Continue reading Weekly Warm-Up: Visualizing Climate Change
Temperatures are dropping (in the Northern Hemisphere, at least . . . ) and winter is coming. (The winter solstice, marking the beginning of the season, is December 22.) Warm up your classroom with these frosty winter wonders! 1. The City of Ice (Harbin, Heilongjiang Province, China) For more than 30 years, the city of Harbin in Northeast China has hosted the Harbin International Ice … Continue reading Weekly Warm-Up: Five Winter Wonders
GEOGRAPHY While discussing his new plan to combat global warming, President Obama referenced one of the most striking shifts in the history of National Geographic maps. (Nat Geo News) Learn more about the “Twilight of the Arctic Ice” with our beautiful map. (Download the full-size version here.) Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit. Note: Current Event Connections … Continue reading Yes, Mr. President, We Remade Our Arctic Atlas
ENVIRONMENT Huge lakes atop Greenlandic glaciers are vanishing. Now, scientists know why. (Washington Post) Look below Greenland’s “vanishing ice” with our terrific map. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit, and don’t forget to take this week’s current events quiz! Discussion Ideas According to the Washington Post, Greenland’s ice sheet and supraglacial lakes melt unevenly. Where is … Continue reading Secret to Greenland’s ‘Vanishing’ Lakes