Escape from Alcatraz?

UNITED STATES A San Francisco television station has reported it’s obtained a letter that may have been written by one of the inmates who escaped from Alcatraz more than a half-century ago in one of the most notorious jailbreaks in U.S. history. (UPI) How did inmates escape from Alcatraz? Let our fun little article tell you. (Spoiler: Arts and Home Ec.) Teachers, scroll down for … Continue reading Escape from Alcatraz?

Whose Fault Was It?

GEOGRAPHY The magnitude 6.0 earthquake that struck California’s Napa Valley north of San Francisco on Sunday morning—collapsing older buildings, sparking fires and causing scores of injuries—fell along a series of cracks in the Earth tied to the famed and feared San Andreas Fault. (National Geographic News) Take a look at this map to see the web of faults beneath the San Francisco Bay Area. (For … Continue reading Whose Fault Was It?

BioBlitz 2014: One for the Record Books

Guest blogger Dayne Weber is a social media contractor with National Geographic Education. She is a former National Geographic Geography Intern who loves maps and water, and believes geography is an important subject because it informs every interaction we have with each other and the world.  On March 28-29 the National Park Service, National Geographic Society, Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, and the Presidio Trust … Continue reading BioBlitz 2014: One for the Record Books

Biodiversity Festival

By Stuart Thornton, National Geographic Roving Reporter There is a lot to see at BioBlitz’s Biodiversity Festival. Inside a long tented pavilion, manned booths offer students, teachers and parents information about a wide variety of subjects from—local San Francisco Bay area parks to artistically created oyster reefs. The Marine Mammal Center, KQED Science and, of course, National Geographic Education have set up areas that receive … Continue reading Biodiversity Festival

Hidden History Found Beneath Alcatraz

UNITED STATES Scientists say there’s much more to “the Rock” than crime and punishment, and they have come to Alcatraz to investigate the hidden history that lies beneath the prison walls. (BBC) Use our resources to appreciate how archaeologists are using futuristic technology to understand the distant past. Discussion Ideas Alcatraz Island was home to one of the most infamous prisons in the United States. … Continue reading Hidden History Found Beneath Alcatraz