Geography of ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’

ARTS An Oscar-winning art director discusses how he designed an imaginary hotel in the fictional country of Zubrowka. (Nat Geo News) What style of hotel would you build in your own fictional country? Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit. Discussion Ideas Art director Adam Stockhausen just brought home his first Academy Award, for production design on Wes Anderson’s … Continue reading Geography of ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’

A Diverse Summer Reading List for Kids

ARTS In children’s books, it can be easier to find talking pandas than characters of color. Only six percent of children’s books published in 2012 featured diverse characters. Here’s a list to better reflect the U.S. today. (NPR) Use our resources to get even more suggestions for fun summer reading. Discussion Ideas Read through our terrific activity “Cultural Diversity in the United States.” Work through … Continue reading A Diverse Summer Reading List for Kids

Our Urban Future in Film

By Ryan Schleeter, National Geographic More than 50% of the world’s population already lives in cities, and this number is expected to grow to a whopping 70% by 2050. More and more people move to the world’s fastest-growing cities each day—Karachi, Pakistan; Shenzhen and Beijing, China; Lagos, Nigeria; and Bangkok, Thailand, lead the list. Most of these migrants move from rural areas to megacities, not … Continue reading Our Urban Future in Film

Men Prefer Movies to Books

LIFESTYLE Men prefer to watch film adaptations of books rather than read the original, according to a new study. Researchers found the opposite is true for women. (BBC) Luckily, Nat Geo has great recommendations for both movies and books. Discussion Ideas The researchers in the BBC article reported that the British men they interviewed preferred movie versions of stories to books. Women seem to prefer book versions … Continue reading Men Prefer Movies to Books

‘Let it Go’ Goes Global

ARTS By now, you’re probably familiar with the global hit “Let It Go” from Disney’s Frozen. However, you may be less familiar with versions sung in one of the 41 other languages recorded for the film’s foreign releases. (NPR) Use our resources to get in tune with globalization. Discussion Ideas The 25 languages represented in the amazing, seamless video above are just more than half … Continue reading ‘Let it Go’ Goes Global