Educator Spotlight: Creating a Collage for Geoliteracy

Kathy Ho, this week’s Educator of the Week, created an art project focused on the colors of Arctic sea ice. Through this creative activity, students learned about a region of the world that was previously unfamiliar to them. They also considered the impact of climate change on Arctic sea ice and the animals that rely on it. Continue reading Educator Spotlight: Creating a Collage for Geoliteracy

Weekly Warm-Up: Visualizing Climate Change

Climate change is a difficult subject for adults as well as children to wrap their brains around. Of course, there are political, cultural, and even neurological reasons for that. But there may be a simpler explanation, too. The results of climate change are incredibly vast and varied. It can be a challenge to think of climate change as a singular concept when its manifestations range from rising sea … Continue reading Weekly Warm-Up: Visualizing Climate Change

Arctic Ice Reaches a Low High

ENVIRONMENT The winter ice covering the Arctic Ocean has reached its annual peak, but the extent of sea ice this winter is smaller than it has been since scientists began keeping consistent satellite records. (New York Times graphic) Use our Polar Regions MapMaker Kit to plot the receding sea ice. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit. Discussion … Continue reading Arctic Ice Reaches a Low High

Geography in the News: The Arctic’s Northeast Passage

By Neal Lineback and Mandy Lineback Gritzner, Geography in the NewsTM Europeans have dreamed of a Northeast Passage through the Arctic Ocean since at least the A.D. 1000s. Efforts to open a year-round Northeast Passage along the Siberian margins of the Arctic Ocean made news in 1998 when an international team used icebreakers in the successful attempt. In 2013, Russia gave permits to 431 ships … Continue reading Geography in the News: The Arctic’s Northeast Passage

Walruses Crowd Alaska Beach

ENVIRONMENT Gatherings of walruses crowded together on northwestern Alaska shorelines, like the congregation of about 35,000 animals spotted this weekend near the village of Point Lay, have become regular occurrences in the new era of scarce summer sea ice. (Alaska Dispatch News) Use our resources to learn more about shrinking summer sea ice. Thanks to our once-and-future oceans expert, Julie, for the heads-up and help … Continue reading Walruses Crowd Alaska Beach