Educator Spotlight: Expanding Perspectives through Outdoor Exploration and Social Media

Sharon Davison emphasizes the importance of spending time in nature. For her National Geographic Educator Certification capstone project, her kindergarten students went on a nature walk, made observations, wrote in journals, and then communicated their findings to people around the world using social media platforms. Continue reading Educator Spotlight: Expanding Perspectives through Outdoor Exploration and Social Media

First Trees on Earth Ripped Themselves Apart to Grow

SCIENCE Researchers do not know why trees from more than 300 million years ago have more complex structures than trees today. (Independent) How else have trees adapted? Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit. Discussion Ideas Scientists are surprised at the growth pattern of ancient trees. What 300-million-year-old tree species was studied? The new study examined Cladoxylopsida, extinct … Continue reading First Trees on Earth Ripped Themselves Apart to Grow

The Amazon Rain Forest Is Not an Untamed Jungle

GEOGRAPHY The biodiversity of the Amazon rain forest is not entirely pristine. It was also shaped by an ancient hunger for fruits and nuts. (Nature) Use our activity to learn more about biodiversity in the Amazon. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit. Discussion Ideas A new study analyzes the distribution of domesticated trees in the Amazon rain … Continue reading The Amazon Rain Forest Is Not an Untamed Jungle

11 Things We Learned This Week

What did you learn this week? We learned … … why we’re still using bad maps, and what the most beautiful projection in the world is. Why are so many maps so distorted?   … nine questions to help you evaluate the credibility of a news source. How can you integrate news into your curriculum?   … cows can text. How else can technology benefit … Continue reading 11 Things We Learned This Week