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Daily Ideas for May 6, 2021

What is geography, why is it important, and what can you do to learn or teach more about it?

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What is Geography?

Raj noun

(RAHZH)

British government rule in India, prior to Indian independence in 1947.

Download, print, and assemble a tabletop map of North Carolina.

Mapmaker Kits

North Carolina Tabletop Map

Students explore how they would react if their personal territory were threatened. Then they discuss ways to resolve conflict.

Activity

Defend Your Personal Territory

Watch this brief, video picture of practice highlighting classroom strategies for actively engaging learners around film.

Videos

Auditory Perceptions: Sketches

Watch this brief, video picture of practice highlighting classroom strategies for actively engaging learners around film.

Videos

Auditory Perceptions: Sketches

Fertility can refer to the ability of soil to sustain plant growth, or it can refer to the number of live births occurring in a population

Encyclopedic Entry

Fertility

Fertility can refer to the ability of soil to sustain plant growth, or it can refer to the number of live births occurring in a population

Encyclopedic Entry

Fertility

Patrick Meier is a crisis mapper. He collects data and assembles real-time maps that help local relief organizations deliver aid to disaster victims.

Profile

Crisis Mapper: Dr. Patrick Meier
Map of free and slave states in the west

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The Missouri Compromise
Map of free and slave states in the west

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The Missouri Compromise

Daily Ideas for May 5, 2021

Jason De Leon is a 2013 Emerging Explorer who uses anthropology to document and study migration between Mexico and the United States.

Profile

Anthropologist: Jason De Leon

mariachi adjective

(mah-ree-AH-chee)

genre of traditional Mexican music featuring a variety of stringed instruments (such as violin, guitar, and guitarron), trumpet, and strong voices.

mariachi adjective

(mah-ree-AH-chee)

genre of traditional Mexican music featuring a variety of stringed instruments (such as violin, guitar, and guitarron), trumpet, and strong voices.

This collection contains a selection of content from NG Education about Mexico. Use search to find more.

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Mexico

The fence between the U.S. and Mexico is a political as well as physical border.

Photos

U.S.-Mexico Border

Blue whales will go to great lengths to reach the rich feeding ground of the Costa Rica Dome, research shows.

Maps

South for the Winter

The Mandrean Archipelago is a series of unique mountaintop habitats spanning the U.S.-Mexican border.

Article

Desert Islands

Students select an endangered or threatened animal to research, locate it on a map, and create a persuasive essay or poster to convince others to help the animals.

Activity

Endangered Animals of the Americas
Xeriscaping is the practice of designing landscapes to reduce or eliminate the need for irrigation

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xeriscaping

Daily Ideas for May 4, 2021

Profile of soil scientist and Emerging Explorer Jerry Glover.

Profile

Soil Scientist: Jerry Glover

Coal is a nonrenewable fossil fuel that is combusted and used to generate electricity. Mining techniques and combustion are both dangerous to miners and hazardous to the environment; however, coal accounts for about half of the electricity generation in the United States.

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Coal

Clever creatures master predators and prey.

Videos

Meerkat Survival Tactics

Clever creatures master predators and prey.

Videos

Meerkat Survival Tactics
Explore, customize, and download a 1-page black-and-white map of Indiana, United States of America.

Indiana
Explore, customize, and download a 1-page black-and-white map of Indiana, United States of America.

Indiana

Students plan a menu for a religious ceremony in accordance with food rituals.

Activity

Culture and Food and Ritual, Oh My!

This collection contains a selection of content from NG Education about animals. Use search to find more.

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animals

Iskut noun

(IHS-koot)

people and culture native to northwestern British Columbia, Canada.

Iskut noun

(IHS-koot)

people and culture native to northwestern British Columbia, Canada.

People carry signs supporting Syrian rebels.

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Support for Syrians
People carry signs supporting Syrian rebels.

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Support for Syrians

Daily Ideas for May 3, 2021

dowager adjective

(DOW-uh-jur)

widow who has inherited property or titles from her husband.

dowager adjective

(DOW-uh-jur)

widow who has inherited property or titles from her husband.

Sergio Avila tracks and studies big cats in the Southwest.

Profile

Wildlife Biologist: Sergio Avila
Illustration of Antarctica with a cutaway view of the land below.

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Antarctic Ice Sheet

This collection contains a selection of content from NG Education about sea level. Use search to find more.

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sea level

Watch this brief, video picture of practice that captures everyday classroom life and provides real-life examples of how students learn and think about freshwater topics.

Videos

If Your Water Ran Out!
Explore, customize, and download a 1-page black-and-white map of Haiti.

Haiti
Ice is water in its frozen, solid form

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ice

Students brainstorm how people living along coasts harm ocean animals and plants. Then they analyze specific examples.

Activity

How People Affect Ocean Animals and Plants

Students brainstorm how people living along coasts harm ocean animals and plants. Then they analyze specific examples.

Activity

How People Affect Ocean Animals and Plants

Daily Ideas for May 2, 2021

Photo: Huge tankers navigate a river.

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Willamette River
Photo: Huge tankers navigate a river.

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Willamette River

A volcano is a feature in Earth's crust where molten rock is squeezed out onto the Earth's surface. Along with molten rock, volcanoes also release gases, ash, and solid rock.

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Plate Tectonics and Volcanic Activity
Explore, customize, and download a 1-page black-and-white map of Veracruz, Mexico.

Veracruz

ait noun

(AYT)

small island in a river.

Students explore a map of a park and use map symbols, a map key, and cardinal directions to analyze it.

Activity

Places in the Park

See how hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, releases petroleum or natural gas trapped in shale rock formations.

Videos

How Hydraulic Fracturing Works

Nat Geo staffers weigh in with their favorite food movies.

Article

The Geography of Food in Film
Find educator resources related to pterosaurs and paleontology to use in your classroom.

Archive

Flying Monsters 3D Education
Find educator resources related to pterosaurs and paleontology to use in your classroom.

Archive

Flying Monsters 3D Education

Daily Ideas for May 1, 2021

An island is a body of land surrounded by water

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island
An island is a body of land surrounded by water

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island

haumana noun

(HOW-moh-nah)

hula student.

haumana noun

(HOW-moh-nah)

hula student.

Photo: Paddlers perfect their racing strokes in an outrigger canoe

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Island Paddlers

See how Hawaii's native dance, hula, has become a source of identity and pride.

Videos

Hula

Students read a short story about Charles Keeling, the scientist who studied CO2 levels in the atmosphere at Mauna Loa, Hawaii, and discuss why his research was important. 

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Millions of Flasks of Air

The geologic history and landscape of Mauna Kea.

Illustrations

Mauna Kea

The geologic history and landscape of Mauna Kea.

Illustrations

Mauna Kea

Bob Ballard travels to Hawai'i to explore the terrestrial and deep sea geology of the Mauna Kea, the tallest mountain in the world.

Videos

Hawai'i Geology

This collection contains a selection of content from NG Education about the state of Hawaii. Use search to find more.

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Hawaii

This collection contains a selection of content from NG Education about the state of Hawaii. Use search to find more.

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Hawaii

Daily Ideas for April 30, 2021

Bathymetry is the measurement of the depth of water in oceans, rivers, or lakes. Bathymetric maps look a lot like topographic maps, which use lines to show the shape and elevation of land features.

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bathymetry

Bathymetry is the measurement of the depth of water in oceans, rivers, or lakes. Bathymetric maps look a lot like topographic maps, which use lines to show the shape and elevation of land features.

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bathymetry

This article explores the deep history of Afghanistan that shapes the perceptions of the country. Through an overview of Afghanistan’s history from the 18th century to the present, the author asserts that common beliefs about Afghanistan’s history are refuted by careful consideration of the realities of long years of peace and stability.

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What History Can Teach Us about Contemporary Afghanistan

Can you guess the words before the cat catches the mouse?

Interactives

Hangmouse: Physical Geography

Can you guess the words before the cat catches the mouse?

Interactives

Hangmouse: Physical Geography
Photo: Two meerkats hiss at each other.

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Meerkat Fight
Photo: Two meerkats hiss at each other.

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Meerkat Fight

Map. The Pony Express trail used 80 riders and between 400 and 500 horses to carry mail from the settled Midwest to the new state of California.

Maps

Pony Express Route

From Bigfoot to bunyips, chupacabras to kraken, track the world's cyptids with this interactive map.

Cryptid Cartogram

luminesce verb

(loo-mih-NEHS)

to emit light.

luminesce verb

(loo-mih-NEHS)

to emit light.

Get ideas for projects you can do in and around your school.

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Improve Your School

Get ideas for projects you can do in and around your school.

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Improve Your School

Daily Ideas for April 29, 2021

Encyclopedic entry. Sea level is the base level for measuring elevation and depth on Earth.

Encyclopedic Entry

sea level
Encyclopedic entry. Sea level is the base level for measuring elevation and depth on Earth.

Encyclopedic Entry

sea level

2013 MacArthur Fellow Kyle Abraham derives inspiration from the urban fabric of his native Pittsburgh to create a unique and expressive style of dance.

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Choreographer and Dancer: Kyle Abraham

2013 MacArthur Fellow Kyle Abraham derives inspiration from the urban fabric of his native Pittsburgh to create a unique and expressive style of dance.

Profile

Choreographer and Dancer: Kyle Abraham

Ancestral Puebloans plural noun

(an-SEHS-trul PWEH-bloh-uns)

(1200 BCE-1300 CE) people and culture native to what is now the southwestern United States. Also called Anasazi.

This collection contains a selection of content from NG Education about marine reserves. Use search to find more.

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marine reserves

Students will examine the Bay of Pigs invasion and the Cuban Missile Crisis to evaluate Kennedy’s leadership toward Cuba during the Cold War.

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Kennedy’s Presidential Leadership and Cuba

Students will examine the Bay of Pigs invasion and the Cuban Missile Crisis to evaluate Kennedy’s leadership toward Cuba during the Cold War.

Lesson

Kennedy’s Presidential Leadership and Cuba
Explore, customize, and download a 1-page black-and-white map of Albania.

Albania

Watch this brief, video picture of practice that captures everyday classroom life and provides real-life examples of how students learn and think about climate change topics.

Videos

Trees and Climate Change
Photo of a brightly patterned street decoration.

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Sawdust Carpet