The Real Reason Spaniards Stay Up Late

WORLD Many travelers believe Spain’s late mealtimes are a reflection of the country’s laid-back attitude, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. (BBC) Map the reason why Spain stays up late. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit, including today’s MapMaker Interactive layer and fun poll. Discussion Ideas Why does the BBC article claim Spain is in … Continue reading The Real Reason Spaniards Stay Up Late

Maps Show Where Tourists Go—and Where Locals Do

GEOGRAPHY If you want to find tourists snapping pictures, you probably know where to go—Times Square in New York City, the Embarcadero in San Francisco, or Chicago’s Magnificent Mile. But what locals think is picture-worthy in these cities is often substantially different. (Washington Post) Use our resources to better understand urban geography. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ … Continue reading Maps Show Where Tourists Go—and Where Locals Do

Visit the Star Wars Universe Without Ever Leaving Planet Earth

GEOGRAPHY As the world prepares for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, here’s a guide to the series’ most famous settings and where you can feel the Force. (Guardian) Use our resources to learn a little about a galaxy far, far, away. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit. Discussion Ideas Have your students divide into groups and create … Continue reading Visit the Star Wars Universe Without Ever Leaving Planet Earth

Our Most Popular National Parks

UNITED STATES The number of people who visit America’s national parks is staggering—in 2014 it was nearly 70 million. Wonder which parks are the most popular? Here are the top ten. (Nat Geo Travel) Check out our collection of resources on national parks. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources, including a link to today’s MapMaker Interactive map! Discussion Ideas Compare the … Continue reading Our Most Popular National Parks

Carnival Cutbacks?

WORLD Shortages of both water and funds have cities across Brazil canceling or hedging plans—even for the world-famous Carnival of Rio. (The Guardian) Use our resources to learn more about Carnival and other cultural geographies of South America. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit. Discussion Ideas Read through our terrific encyclopedic entry on the cultural geography of South … Continue reading Carnival Cutbacks?