Children’s World Map Competition

We love maps, and so does International Cartographic Association! The 2017 Barbara Petchenik Children’s Map Competition is now accepting entries that fit with this year’s theme:”We love maps.” Organized by the International Cartographic Association, the annual competition is open to children and youth under 16 years of age. The goal of the competition is to “promote children’s creative representation of the world, to enhance their cartographic awareness and … Continue reading Children’s World Map Competition

Weekly Warm-Up: Five Reasons to Save Big Cats—According to Kids

Happy Big Cat Week! This year, instead of telling your students why big cats are important, why not let them tell you? Several years ago, Dereck and Beverly Joubert, renowned wildlife filmmakers and National Geographic Explorers-in-Residence, started a program called “Letters to Lions” asking children to write letters explaining what lions mean to them.  The letters were delivered to African leaders in charge of policy decisions about … Continue reading Weekly Warm-Up: Five Reasons to Save Big Cats—According to Kids

Why I Choose to Believe In Trolls

 The following post was written by 2015 Grosvenor Teacher Fellow Shannon Bomben during her expedition to Iceland. The Grosvenor Teacher Fellow Program is a professional development opportunity made possible by a partnership between Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic Education. Before venturing to Iceland on the National Geographic Explorer, I had heard stories of elves, trolls, and hidden people. I wasn’t convinced. And yet, on the sixth day … Continue reading Why I Choose to Believe In Trolls

DEEPSEA CHALLENGE: Student Watercolors

A group of first graders in an art class were asked to illustrate their ideas of what sorts of creatures James Cameron might encounter in the Marianas Trench. They created these watercolor paintings in response.

Watercolor_1.jpgSabrina’s representation of a “Sein” fish, complete with light ball on its head. Perhaps a new type of angler fish?

Watercolor_2.jpgJustin envisions a certain “boom fish” living in the murky waters of the trench.

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