Leslie Hamilton set out to help her students learn about life beyond their hometown of Plymouth, MA. Using a Giant Map, she guided her students in an exploration of their state. Continue reading Educator Spotlight: Becoming an Explorer of Your Own State
GEOGRAPHY Yupno speakers in Papua New Guinea are the first known people to imagine slopes to orient themselves inside flat homes. (Nat Geo News) Use our resources to learn more about the importance of teaching and learning spatial thinking skills. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit. Discussion Ideas Yupno uses words such as “upvalley and “downvalley” to … Continue reading New Guinea Natives Navigate By Valleys and Mountains
HEALTH A new study indicates that men have better spatial recognition skills, and a more effective strategy at using them. (Tech Times) Use our resources to introduce spatial recognition strategies to both boys and girls. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in today’s Teachers’ Toolkit. Discussion Ideas Why did the new study conclude that men have a better sense of direction … Continue reading Do Men Have a Better Sense of Direction than Women?
By Neal Lineback and Mandy Lineback Gritzner, Geography in the NewsTM Occasionally we need to be reminded that the concepts of distance and area are important to the day-to-day understanding of breaking news stories, as well as many of our daily personal decisions. Although modern communications and transportation have reduced the roles of distance and area in some activities, by no means has it eliminated … Continue reading Geographic Literacy: Comparing Distance, Size and Area
By Christina Riska, National Geographic Education Do you remember the first map you saw? When a map of the world showed the United States in pink, did you think it was literally a pink country? You may not now, but this is a common misconception when kids ages 3 to 6 see areas displayed this way. As adults, maps—whether print or digital—are a part of … Continue reading Map It! with Young Children