Laura Chase’s 11th-grade biology students investigated social inequities that impact their local communities. Collaborating with a humanities teacher, Laura asked her students to draw from the analytical skills they learned in science, the persuasive methods they learned in English, and the technical skills they learned in film in order to communicate their stories in a thoughtful way. Continue reading Educator Spotlight: Exploring Social Inequities Through Storytelling
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
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?
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
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