By Jennifer Burgin Most of the staff and learners at Oakridge are asleep when the sun rises, yet we benefit from Dawn’s light daily! Dawn Amin-Arsala runs Mosaic, a special program at Oakridge Elementary in Arlington, Virginia. Mosaic is, according to Dawn, “a cross-curricular exemplary project that celebrates diversity, values equity, and promotes deeper learning of Virginia’s curriculum content standards while fostering a sense of … Continue reading Teacher Appreciation Week: The Dawn of Geo-Literacy
UNITED STATES Lots of old neighborhoods make the claim: See that house? It was once a station on the Underground Railroad. Was it? (Washington Post) What was the Underground Railroad? What was a station? Use our simple study guide to find out. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit, including today’s MapMaker Interactive map. Discussion Ideas The … Continue reading Was This House a Station on the Underground Railroad?
POLITICS Virginia’s governor is in hot water with Korean American voters and Japan’s trade delegation. At issue: a body of water more than 7,000 miles away. Should Virginia’s school textbooks recognize the “Sea of Japan” or “Sea of Japan/East Sea”? (Washington Post) What do Nat Geo’s cartographers call the sea? Discussion Ideas Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe faces a dilemma about how Virginia school textbooks will … Continue reading Virginia Governor in Hot Water in Asia
GEOGRAPHY AWARENESS WEEK! SCIENCE Scientists have discovered a pocket of ancient seawater that’s been trapped underground near the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay since the time of the dinosaurs—strong evidence that the Atlantic Ocean was once much saltier than today. (NPR) Did someone say Chesapeake Bay water quality?! Discussion Ideas The pockets of ancient Atlantic seawater found near Cape Charles, Virginia, are twice as salty … Continue reading Salty Ancient Seawater Found Beneath Chesapeake Bay
UNITED STATES Jamestown Colonists Resorted to Cannibalism Archaeologists have discovered the first physical evidence of cannibalism by desperate English colonists driven by hunger during the Starving Time of 1609-1610 at Jamestown, Virginia—the first permanent English settlement in the New World. Discussion Ideas: Watch our video “Cutmarks”, in which Dr. Jackie Eng discovers cutmarks on skeletons from the ancient Samdzong culture in Nepal. Can students identify … Continue reading Jamestown Colonists Resorted to Cannibalism