WORLD The International Olympic Committee has suspended the Russian Olympic Committee “with immediate effect,” effectively banning the country from the upcoming Winter Olympics. (NPR) What Winter Olympic athletes are the most fit? Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit. Discussion Ideas Why has the International Olympic Committee (IOC) suspended the Russian Olympic Committee for the upcoming 2018 Winter … Continue reading What Does the Ban on Russia from the Winter Olympics Mean?
WORLD Members of a Bronze Age culture that lived along the Russian steppe practiced ritual sacrifice of dogs and wolves, and their young men then ate them as part of an initiation ceremony evoking the mythological transformation into a werewolf. (Newsweek) “All stories are about wolves. All worth repeating, that is.” Learn more with our great study guide on wolves of ritual, myth, and legend. … Continue reading Ancient Community May Have Sacrificed and Eaten Dogs to Become ‘Werewolves’
POLITICS Following the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russia had its own version of the “Confederate monument problem.” The solution: a sculpture park in Moscow. (Los Angeles Times) What was the Confederacy? Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit, and be sure to vote in today’s poll. Discussion Ideas The Los Angeles Times article says Russia “had its own … Continue reading How Russia Handled Its Own Monument Problem
ENVIRONMENT Incredible photographs from a beach in Siberia show thousands of naturally formed snowballs spread across an 18-kilometer (11-mile) stretch of coast. This is now officially the best place in the world to have a snowball fight. (Gizmodo) But should you eat them? Use our study guide to investigate further. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit, including … Continue reading Siberian Snowballs May Mean Snowy Winter in the U.S.
Here’s an advance look at a some of the “This Day in Geographic History” (TDIGH) events coming up this week. For each date, we’ve matched it with a map or visual, background information, and a classroom activity so you can plan ahead. Monday, November 7 TDIGH: October Revolution The Bolshevik party, led by lawyer Vladimir Lenin, seized control of the Russian government in 1917 and … Continue reading This Week in Geographic History, November 7 – 13