How My Fifth Graders Found Empowerment Through Mapmaking

This post was written by educator Aaron Kugler. Ever since I was in elementary school, I’ve been obsessed with maps; I appreciated the immense detail of some and the true beauty of others. There is deep significance to me in knowing my place in the world, both physically and figuratively, and maps have always proven to be an avenue toward that self-discovery. When I became … Continue reading How My Fifth Graders Found Empowerment Through Mapmaking

Ideas for Geography Awareness Week: Resources for Grades K-12

This November 10-16, celebrate the wonder of the world and bring Geography Awareness Week to the forefront of your classroom with ideas for lesson plans, activities and events with handy content from our Resource Library. Be sure to tag us in your posts sharing your week with #thatsgeography! Activities Mapping Storybooks (Grades K-2) How Scientists Name Things (Grades 3 – 5) Exploring Early Manhattan Through … Continue reading Ideas for Geography Awareness Week: Resources for Grades K-12

Abra Koch points to a hand-drawn map titled "Las Islas Galápagos" and taped to a whiteboard in a classroom

Strategy Share: Employing Map Talks in the Classroom

Maps provide opportunities to look into the experiences of other people and consider what life may be like in other places. They are unique windows onto the rest of the world’s stories. I use Map Talks in my classroom to help my students read the stories that maps offer us and allow them to draw conclusions based on clues from the maps. Continue reading Strategy Share: Employing Map Talks in the Classroom