Escape from Alcatraz?

UNITED STATES A San Francisco television station has reported it’s obtained a letter that may have been written by one of the inmates who escaped from Alcatraz more than a half-century ago in one of the most notorious jailbreaks in U.S. history. (UPI) How did inmates escape from Alcatraz? Let our fun little article tell you. (Spoiler: Arts and Home Ec.) Teachers, scroll down for … Continue reading Escape from Alcatraz?

China Invests in Tidal Energy

BUSINESS A race is under way to unlock one of the world’s biggest untapped sources of clean energy—the ocean—with China emerging as an important testing ground. (Wall Street Journal) Use our resources to better understand tidal energy. Discussion Ideas Look at our MapMaker Interactive displaying use of solar, tidal, and wave energy. Why do you think these diverse energy sources are grouped together? Solar, tidal, … Continue reading China Invests in Tidal Energy

King Tides Rule

SCIENCE Last month, coastlines saw extreme high and low tides known as king tides, which are caused by a chance alignment of the moon, Earth, and the sun. Now the tides are back—and coastal waters may rise by more than 13 feet. (National Geographic News) Use our resources to better understand tides. Discussion Ideas Study our beautiful poster above, explaining Earth’s tides. The poster does … Continue reading King Tides Rule

Why Children Need To Care About the Ocean

This blog is written by outdoors family blogger Laure Latham, as a part of the Geography Awareness blog-a-thon.  When I started thinking about GeoWeek’s blog-a-thon, I considered the meaning of geography. In simple words, geography is the science of places and the relationships between people and their environments. It’s the land, the water, the people and everything else around. Based on that definition, I needed to know why geography … Continue reading Why Children Need To Care About the Ocean