ENVIRONMENT After decades of strife, the world’s first civilization is losing many of its animals, such as otters, deer, songbirds, and more. (Nat Geo News) Our activity calls for students to select an issue involving human-wildlife conflict, and develop a list of actions people could take to reduce or reverse the problem. This might be a great option for students to choose. Teachers, scroll down for a … Continue reading ISIS Threatens Iraqi Wildlife
WORLD The damage ISIS inflicted on some of Palmyra’s most revered treasures could take about five years to repair, Syria’s antiquities chief has said. (Wall Street Journal) Why would ISIS target humanity’s shared history? Use our resources to find out. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit, including today’s MapMaker Interactive map of Palmyra’s archaeological sites. Discussion Ideas … Continue reading Can Palmyra Be Repaired in Five Years?
WORLD More than 125 people were killed, and nearly 100 critically injured in the largest terrorist attack in Europe in more than a decade. Here’s what we know, and what we don’t. (New York Times) Use our resources to learn more about Islamic State, the terrorist organization that claimed responsibility for the attacks. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources, including today’s … Continue reading What Happened in Paris?
POLITICS After years of civil war, Syria is now a country that lies in ruins. Thousands of people have died, millions have fled. With no end of the war in sight, groups continue to battle for control over large parts of the country. The Syrian government, ISIL, Kurdish factions, and several other rebel groups are still fighting for some of the most important parts of … Continue reading Who Is Fighting Whom in Syria?
WORLD National Geographic Archaeology Fellow Fred Hiebert puts into perspective Islamic State’s recent, widely publicized destruction of artifacts and archaeological sites in Iraq and Syria. (National Geographic News) Learn why globe-traveling archaeologist Fred Hiebert thinks “being an educator” is the most exciting part of his job. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit, including a link to today’s … Continue reading ISIS Targets Humanity’s Shared History