Another Migrant Boat Sinks in Mediterranean

WORLD Dozens of migrants have drowned in the Mediterranean after a boat carrying an estimated 137 people sank south of Sicily. (BBC) Use this excellent activity to better understand patterns of human migration in the Mediterranean basin and elsewhere. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit, including a link to today’s MapMaker Interactive map. Discussion Ideas Why are … Continue reading Another Migrant Boat Sinks in Mediterranean

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Geography In The News: The Great American Pumpkin

By Neal Lineback and Mandy Lineback Gritzner, Geography in the NewsTM Festival results are still coming in, but it looks like the world’s largest pumpkin to-date has outgrown last year’s record which was an amazing 2,032 pounds (921.7 kg) grown in California in 2013. Pumpkin weigh-offs are happening around the world and in the United States at county and state fairs for the 2014 crop. While … Continue reading Geography In The News: The Great American Pumpkin

Wednesday Word of the Week: translate

translate (TRANZ-layt) verb. to turn written or spoken text into a different language. Sometimes, the most difficult words to translate aren’t the most arcane or obscure. Consider this evaluation by the peerless translator William Weaver, perhaps most famous for his translation of Umberto Eco: “Some of the hardest things to translate into English from Italian are not great big words, such as you find in … Continue reading Wednesday Word of the Week: translate

Mystery of the Cathedral

ARTS Architects and engineers are investigating methods probably used by Renaissance artists to create the iconic dome—the Duomo—of Florence, Italy’s cathedral. (National Geographic/NOVA) Use our resources to better understand the Duomo. Discussion Ideas Watch the terrific video above, about Filippo Brunelleschi’s magnificent ‘Duomo.’ Then read our equally terrific “media spotlight” on the Duomo. How else could Brunelleschi or other architects have designed the roof of … Continue reading Mystery of the Cathedral