Educator Spotlight: Asking ‘Thick Questions’ to Understand Geographic Data

Peter Michaud incorporates geography into his lessons for subjects ranging from math to literacy. In an activity that combined data and statistics with mapping, he encouraged his fifth-graders to ask “thick questions” and consider different perspectives when answering them. Continue reading Educator Spotlight: Asking ‘Thick Questions’ to Understand Geographic Data

Prairie Dogs Live to Dig Another Day

ENVIRONMENT Every dog has its day, and prairie dogs are no exception. A federal court just ruled in favor of protecting the threatened Utah prairie dog. (Christian Science Monitor) What are prairie dogs? Use our short resource to get acquainted. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit. Discussion Ideas The Christian Science Monitor article says a recent court … Continue reading Prairie Dogs Live to Dig Another Day

This Week in Geographic History, January 30 – February 5

Here’s an advance look at some of the “This Day in Geographic History” (TDIGH) events coming up this week. For each date, we’ve matched it with a map or visual, background information, and a classroom activity so you can plan ahead. Monday, January 30 TDIGH: Tet Offensive The 1968 surprise attacks carried out by communist-affiliated troops against South Vietnamese and American forces shifted public opinion … Continue reading This Week in Geographic History, January 30 – February 5

5 Ways to Trick Students Into Learning with Pokemón Go

TECHNOLOGY  It’s hardly news that most of us view the world in an augmented way—through our smartphones. And it’s not unusual to see folks wandering the streets half-blindly with eyes glued to their screens. But Pokémon Go may still have sparked a few things: it’s gotten people outside to observe the world around them. And, to any geographer’s delight, they’re using maps along the way. … Continue reading 5 Ways to Trick Students Into Learning with Pokemón Go