Educator Spotlight: Connecting Across Cultures While Caring for the Planet

Mariano Zuk created an interdisciplinary unit for his kindergarten students with two main focuses: caring about the planet and collaborating with schools around the world. Among other hands-on projects, students created artwork, had a video call with an ocean expert, and co-created a story about Earth with classrooms around the world. Continue reading Educator Spotlight: Connecting Across Cultures While Caring for the Planet

Educator Spotlight: Empowering Environmental Engineers and Artists

Tina Genay, this week’s Educator of the Week, empowered her students to become environmental engineers and artists who are tackling the issue of plastic in the ocean. Tina is a school librarian at Virginia Avenue Charlotte DeHart Elementary in Winchester, Virginia. What’s it like to be an elementary school librarian? I love my job. I love books. I love promoting a love of reading, and … Continue reading Educator Spotlight: Empowering Environmental Engineers and Artists

The Power of Poop, the Circle of Life

SCIENCE Marine biologists unravel baleen whales’ remarkable “manuring mechanism”—and secrets of the ocean food web. (NPR) Let our resources fill you in on all you ever wanted to know about marine food webs but were afraid to ask. Discussion Ideas Read the typically terrific article (with illustrations!) by one of my very, very favorite journalists, Bob Krulwich. Then, compare this photo of whale poop with this … Continue reading The Power of Poop, the Circle of Life

Help Map Ocean Plankton

SCIENCE A new study is calling on the world’s sailors to help map the oceans’ phytoplankton, microscopic organisms that form the bedrock of marine food webs. (BBC) Use our resources to learn how plankton makes the world go ’round. Watch this video to learn how to use the free Secchi app—then use it! Want more information on plankton? Of course you do! Watch this awesome … Continue reading Help Map Ocean Plankton

Creature Feature: Ocean Animals

From 2009-2012, National Geographic Education Programs was honored to receive two grants from Oracle totaling two million dollars. These funds were used to address issues in ocean science and geography, including the impact of human activities on the ocean and ocean conservation. With the help of Oracle, National Geographic Education Programs was able to create more than 500 unique ocean education assets (all available for … Continue reading Creature Feature: Ocean Animals