Judy Joung teaches 9th-grade biology at Schurz High School in Chicago, IL. She took students on a field trip to a state park, where they completed a modified BioBlitz and shared their findings using iNaturalist. A BioBlitz is an event that brings together community members to find and identify as many species as possible in a specific area over a short period of time. Continue reading Educator Spotlight: Discovering Biodiversity Close to Home
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
UNITED STATES Half of Illinois residents would move to another state if they could—the highest percentage for any state, according to a poll released by Gallup this week. (Chicago Tribune) Would you move? Where? Discussion Ideas “It is sort of noisy data,” says a political scientist quoted in the Chicago Trib article about the recent poll. What does he mean by “noisy”? Statistical noise is … Continue reading Half the People in Illinois Would Rather Live Somewhere Else
This blog is written by National Geographic Education Intern, Ellen Esling, as a part of the Geography Awareness Week Blog-A-Thon. When I think of Geography, the first image that comes to my mind is often a gigantic spinning globe. I have always been interested in studying exotic places, other cultures and other worlds. It is rare that I ever consider my own backyard to be an … Continue reading Southern Illinois: Homage to Home
1.) WATERFRONT INDEPENDENCE FESTIVAL
What: Music, food, kids activities, FIREWORKS!!
When: July 3&4, Festivities start at 5 p.m., Fireworks begin at 10 p.m.
Where: Louisville, Kentucky
Fireworks over the Ohio River
Why is it one of our favorites? It’s free, it’s for families, and the fireworks are fantastic as they light up the Ohio River. The two day festival features live music and activities for kids at Waterfront Park.