Chinese New Year: An All-American Holiday

UNITED STATES A new generation is forming its own relationship with Chinese New Year, an Asian holiday that’s in the midst of becoming an Asian American one. (Los Angeles Times) Celebrate Chinese New Year with our great new study guide! Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit, including free worksheets and coloring pages. Discussion Ideas Why are Chinese … Continue reading Chinese New Year: An All-American Holiday

Is Los Angeles Getting an NFL Team . . . or Two?

SPORTS Disney CEO Bob Iger is leading an effort to bring the Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers to the Los Angeles area. (Los Angeles Times) Which urban areas have NFL teams? Which ones don’t? Use today’s MapMaker Interactive to find out! Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources, including a link to today’s MapMaker Interactive and our poll! Discussion Ideas Is … Continue reading Is Los Angeles Getting an NFL Team . . . or Two?

Making Invasive Species Useful at the Zoo

ENVIRONMENT The bad news: Exotic acacia trees pose a pesky problem for native coastal dunes at Los Angeles International Airport. The good news: Giraffes like them—a lot. (Los Angeles Times) Use our resources to better understand invasive species and how to control them. Discussion Ideas The LA Times article says acacia trees pose a “pesky problem” for coastal dunes near Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). … Continue reading Making Invasive Species Useful at the Zoo

#GreatNature: Protect the Great Nature that You Love

This post was written by Tara Treiber, Education Director for Heal the Bay. Heal the Bay is a Los Angeles-based non-profit focused on the protection of coastal waters and watersheds. We’re sharing National Geographic staff and friends’ stories about nature to celebrate the Great Nature Project. To share your own nature photos of plants and animals with National Geographic, visit greatnatureproject.org.  When people ask me … Continue reading #GreatNature: Protect the Great Nature that You Love

Specialty Coffee Market Is Full of (Good) Beans

GEOGRAPHY Coffee growers and shippers from developing nations are saving their businesses by improving the quality of their beans and appealing to the elite “specialty coffee” market. (NPR) Trace the geography of coffee by mimicking our Geography of a Pencil activity. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit.   Discussion Ideas: The NPR story outlines a supply chain that … Continue reading Specialty Coffee Market Is Full of (Good) Beans