Mexico Picks Up 3,000-Year-Old Ballgame

WORLD The finals of a revived 3,000-year-old ball game have been played in the Mexican city of Teotihuacan. (BBC) Ballgames are a great introduction to ethnoarchaeology and anthropology—use our fun study guide for some help! Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit. Discussion Ideas Take a look at the first question in the “Questions” tab in our study … Continue reading Mexico Picks Up 3,000-Year-Old Ballgame

Weekly Warm-Up: 4 Springtime Holidays Around the World

As the spring equinox approaches, several cultures and religious groups will be celebrating holidays. For students, holidays are an exciting break from the norm. Why not take advantage of this week of overlapping celebrations to teach students about world cultures and religions? Check out this map of major world religions to get started. Magha Puja Day: February 11, 2017 More than 2,500 years ago, Buddhists believe … Continue reading Weekly Warm-Up: 4 Springtime Holidays Around the World

New Flag for New Zealand?

WORLD Over the next three weeks, the people of New Zealand will decide if they want to adopt a new flag or stick with the one they’ve flown for more than a century. (NPR) Adapt our activity to create your own flag. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit, including a link to today’s poll. Discussion Ideas Read … Continue reading New Flag for New Zealand?

Teaching Cultural Empathy: Stereotypes, World Views and Cultural Difference

By Seth Dixon, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Geography, Rhode Island College “Whatever you can rightly say about India, the opposite is also true.” —Amartya Sen I am torn about how to teach these two ideas about cultures and societies all around the world: People and cultures are different all over the world. People and cultures are the same all over the world. These points may … Continue reading Teaching Cultural Empathy: Stereotypes, World Views and Cultural Difference

Racial Profile of the U.S.

GEOGRAPHY This map is an American snapshot; it provides an accessible visualization of geographic distribution, population density, and racial diversity of the American people in every neighborhood in the entire country. (Fast Company) Use our resources to start learning about spatial thinking and data visualization. Discussion Ideas The dazzling map of the United States was produced by a demographer. What is demography? Demography is a … Continue reading Racial Profile of the U.S.