What is Westward Expansion?

During the 19th Century, more than 1.6 million square kilometers (a million square miles) of land west of the Mississippi River was acquired by the United States federal government. This led to a widespread migration west, referred to as Westward Expansion. A variety of factors contributed to Westward Expansion, including population growth and economic opportunities on what was presented to be available land. Manifest Destiny … Continue reading What is Westward Expansion?

Fireworks! Fun, Facts and lots of Photos for the Fourth

July 4th has always been one of my favorite holidays. What’s not to love about sunny weather, backyard barbecues, parades, national spirit and—of course—fireworks?! FIREWORKS! While fireworks have long been a hallmark of Independence Day celebrations in the United States—the first was in Philadelphia in 1777—the explosive concoction is much older than our nation! The first fireworks probably originated in China nearly 2,000 years ago. … Continue reading Fireworks! Fun, Facts and lots of Photos for the Fourth

7 Wonders of the World, times 7

Where are the “Seven Wonders of the World”? Well … Seven Wonders of the Ancient World • Great Pyramid at Giza • Hanging Gardens of Babylon • Colossus of Rhodes • Lighthouse of Alexandria • Temple of Artemis at Ephesus • Mausoleum at Halicarnassus • Statue of Zeus at Olympia   Seven Wonders of the Natural World • Great Barrier Reef • Mount Everest • … Continue reading 7 Wonders of the World, times 7

How Inclusive is Your City?

UNITED STATES Heads up, cities: Economic growth does not necessarily go hand-in-hand with economic and racial inclusion. (CityLab) Use this tool to measure the inclusivity in your own city, and check out today’s MapMaker Interactive map for a look at the term’s broad categories. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit. Discussion Ideas A new study from the … Continue reading How Inclusive is Your City?

Michigan OKs Nestlé’s Water Extraction Plan

UNITED STATES Considering Michiganders’ ongoing water woes, Nestlé’s request to pump 576,000 gallons of water each day from the Great Lakes Basin was highly controversial. But despite deep public opposition, the state concluded that the company’s plan met with legal standards. (Detroit Free Press) Health, hygiene, commerce … use our activity to help students understand how people use freshwater. Teachers, scroll down for a quick … Continue reading Michigan OKs Nestlé’s Water Extraction Plan