Alaska is Melting

ENVIRONMENT A new study suggests that Alaska’s permafrost is unleashing an increasing amount of carbon dioxide as it thaws. (Washington Post) What is permafrost? Use our super-short reference to find out. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit. Discussion Ideas A new study suggests thawing permafrost is contributing to climate change. What is permafrost? Take a look at our … Continue reading Alaska is Melting

Geography in the News: Rudolph and the Other Reindeer

By Neal Lineback and Mandy Lineback Gritzner, Geography in the NewsTM Across the United States, children and adults alike recognize Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer as the leader of Santa Claus’ sleigh at Christmas. Reindeer first pulled St. Nicholas’ sleigh in a poem by Clement Clarke Moore appearing in a Troy, New York, newspaper just before Christmas, 1823. The poem titled “Twas the Night Before Christmas” … Continue reading Geography in the News: Rudolph and the Other Reindeer

Bringing Arctic Field Work to Students

This blog was written by Eleanor Kemp. Kemp has been a science teacher since 2001, and she currently teaches middle school at Kenwood Academy in Chicago. Back in January, when I found out that I would be heading to the Toolik Field Station in the Alaskan Arctic, I really had no idea what to expect. How would I contribute to the research National Geographic Explorer Amanda Koltz, … Continue reading Bringing Arctic Field Work to Students