Educator Spotlight: Asking ‘Thick Questions’ to Understand Geographic Data

Peter Michaud incorporates geography into his lessons for subjects ranging from math to literacy. In an activity that combined data and statistics with mapping, he encouraged his fifth-graders to ask “thick questions” and consider different perspectives when answering them. Continue reading Educator Spotlight: Asking ‘Thick Questions’ to Understand Geographic Data

How Math and Poetry Intersect

ARTS Both poetry and math require economy and precision—and each perspective can enhance the other. (Smithsonian) Use our activity to introduce students to math, poetry, and nature. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit. Discussion Ideas One of the primary characteristics shared by many forms of poetry and math is the use of formulas. How does mathematics use … Continue reading How Math and Poetry Intersect

Scientists Decipher Ancient Mathematical Mystery

WORLD A 3700-year-old Babylonian clay tablet may be the world’s oldest trigonometric table—and in many ways, more accurate than any today. (The Guardian) What other “firsts” were documented in ancient clay tablets? Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit, including today’s simple MapMaker Interactive map. Discussion Ideas The fascinating new research analyzes Plimpton 322, a 3700-year-old Babylonian clay … Continue reading Scientists Decipher Ancient Mathematical Mystery

11 Things We Learned This Week

What did you learn this week? Let us know in the comments or at education@ngs.org. This week, we learned … … one rule followed by Mark Zuckerberg, Oprah Winfrey, and Bill Gates: 5 hours of “deliberate learning” a week. What are some examples of “deliberate learning”? How much time do you spend practicing or learning a skill every week?   … the world’s oldest fossils … Continue reading 11 Things We Learned This Week

14 Things We Learned This Week

What did you learn this week? Let us know in the comments or at education@ngs.org. This week, we learned … … James Bond’s fake Day of the Dead parade was so cool Mexico wants to do it for real. (Teachers! Learn more about Dia de los Muertos here!)     … South Africa’s amazing MeerKAT telescope array spotted more than 1,300 unknown galaxies. (Teachers! Learn … Continue reading 14 Things We Learned This Week