July 4th Around the World

All over the United States, we celebrate Independence Day with fireworks, food, parades, and flags, all supplemented by local trends and traditions. In New York, fireworks will explode over the East River. In Washington, we’ll get a free concert on a Capitol Fourth. In Santa Fe, where I’m from, we’ll take over the town Plaza to eat pancakes. But what about Americans living overseas? For … Continue reading July 4th Around the World

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25 Live Cams to Bring You the World

Can’t get away for a summer vacation this year? No worries! Webcams can help. These live streams give us a glimpse at faraway places from the comfort—or discomfort—of our desktops or mobile devices. First of all, be sure to visit EarthCam, which lists hundreds of cams, divided by category. You can also find cams on the world map. Here are 25 places we’re visiting this … Continue reading 25 Live Cams to Bring You the World

What is the ‘Muslim Ban’?

UNITED STATES With just a few quick strokes of the pen, President Donald Trump banned more than 134 million people from entering the United States. (CNN) What countries are impacted by the ban? Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit, including a link to today’s MapMaker Interactive map. Discussion Ideas Are all Muslims banned from entering the United … Continue reading What is the ‘Muslim Ban’?

Once in a Lifetime Professional Development Opportunity for Educators! Apply NOW!

Have you applied for the 2017 Grosvenor Teacher Fellow Program yet? If not, you have until 11:59 PM Eastern on December 31, 2016 to apply for an all-expense-paid adventure of a lifetime! This field-based professional development experience for educators could take you to the Arctic, Iceland, the Galápagos, Canadian Maritimes, British & Irish Isles, or even Antarctica! New to the list of expeditions for 2017 is exploring the Alaskan coastal … Continue reading Once in a Lifetime Professional Development Opportunity for Educators! Apply NOW!

Educator Spotlight: Imagining Travel in the Jim Crow Era

Danielle Hance, this week’s Educator of the Week, uses historical fiction to build empathy and primary sources to bring history to life. Danielle is a language arts and social studies teacher for 5th graders at Chapin Intermediate School in Chapin, South Carolina. Activity: Green Book Travelers Grade Level: 3-12 Time Commitment: 2 class periods Introducing Primary Resources with Literature This lesson came after we’d been studying the … Continue reading Educator Spotlight: Imagining Travel in the Jim Crow Era