Happy Diwali

WORLD Diwali has become a national festival that is enjoyed by most Indians regardless of faith: Hindus, Jains, Buddhists, and Sikhs. (National Geographic Kids) Use our resources, including a video and photo gallery, to learn more about Diwali! Teachers, scroll all the way down for a short list of key resources in our “Teachers’ Toolkit.” Discussion Ideas Read our terrific study guide on Diwali. The article says Diwali … Continue reading Happy Diwali

Mesmerizing Maps of Bird Migration

GEOGRAPHY New maps track the movement of bird species across the U.S. using lava lamp-esque visuals. (Atlas Obscura) Compare the new maps with our classic high-resolution map of bird migration in the Americas. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit. Discussion Ideas Browse through some of the bird occurrence maps from the good folks at eBird. Many bird species seem … Continue reading Mesmerizing Maps of Bird Migration

Weekly Warm-Up: Food Rituals and Pumpkin-Flavored Feelings

It’s that time of year again. Get ready for colorful leaves, crackling fires, and, of course, “pumpkin spice” flavoring. In the U.S., everything edible—from cookies and lattes to ketchup and hummus—has gone seasonal yet again. But how exactly is the favorite fall flavor made? And what makes Americans love it so much? Botanically speaking, pumpkins are actually indistinguishable from some other types of squash. Culturally … Continue reading Weekly Warm-Up: Food Rituals and Pumpkin-Flavored Feelings

Weekly Warm-Up: The Science of a Season

When you love fall as much as we do, it sometimes feels like you can blink and miss the colors. And that’s almost true—most trees remain in their vibrant, warm-hued state for only a week before shedding their leaves. As you watch the environment transform, take the opportunity to learn about the fascinating science behind the season. Our collection of ideas is perfect to help you … Continue reading Weekly Warm-Up: The Science of a Season

Seasonal NLCs Sparkle in the Sky

SCIENCE The season for rare and mysterious noctilucent clouds is here. These beautiful, rare and mysterious clouds only appear in summer, and could be warning us about climate change. (Guardian) Learn more about noctilucent clouds (NLCs) and other oddities of the atmosphere with our encyclopedic entry. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources, including today’s MapMaker Interactive map. Discussion Ideas Read through … Continue reading Seasonal NLCs Sparkle in the Sky