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Daily Ideas for January 16, 2016

Explore, customize, and download a 1-page black-and-white map of Egypt.

Egypt

Rotation describes the circular motion of an object around its center. There are different ways things can rotate.

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rotation

On January 16, 378, a Maya king, Jaguar Paw, was killed in what is now Tikal, Guatemala. The conquering army did not destroy the Maya, however—it expanded the Maya sphere of influence to its greatest height.

Geographic History Article

A Maya Kingdom Falls . . . and Another Rises

On January 16, 1938, Carnegie Hall played host to one of its legendary jazz concerts, an integrated performance organized by clarinetist Benny Goodman.

Geographic History Article

Jazz at Carnegie Hall

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.

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Fossil Fuels and Carbon
Photo: A person snorkels in the Florida Keys

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Snorkeling in Keys

Students listen to a poem that uses cardinal directions. They use a compass rose to help describe locations of places on a world map.

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Cardinal Directions and Maps

Students listen to a poem that uses cardinal directions. They use a compass rose to help describe locations of places on a world map.

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Cardinal Directions and Maps

cybernetics noun

(si-bur-NEH-tihks)

study of control systems in electronic and mechanical devices.

cybernetics noun

(si-bur-NEH-tihks)

study of control systems in electronic and mechanical devices.

What is the geographic perspective?

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The Geographic Perspective

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

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Colorado

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

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Colorado

Daily Ideas for January 15, 2016

Encyclopedic entry. Food is one of the basic necessities of life. Food contains nutrients—substances essential for the growth, repair, and maintenance of body tissues and for the regulation of vital processes.

Encyclopedic Entry

food

Encyclopedic entry. Food is one of the basic necessities of life. Food contains nutrients—substances essential for the growth, repair, and maintenance of body tissues and for the regulation of vital processes.

Encyclopedic Entry

food

Read about how children first develop spatial concepts and relationships, and consider the opportunities for developing children's spatial-thinking abilities in your own educational practice.

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Map It! with Young Children

Read about how children first develop spatial concepts and relationships, and consider the opportunities for developing children's spatial-thinking abilities in your own educational practice.

Analysis

Map It! with Young Children

On January 15, 2004, the NASA rover Spirit rolled onto the surface of Mars.

Geographic History Article

Spirit Rolls on to Mars

On January 15, 1929, Martin Luther King, Jr., was born in Atlanta, Georgia. King became the most important and influential civil rights leader in the United States.

Geographic History Article

Happy Birthday, Martin Luther King, Jr.

SCLC noun

(EHS SEE EHL SEE)

(Southern Christian Leadership Conference) civil rights group often associated with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

SCLC noun

(EHS SEE EHL SEE)

(Southern Christian Leadership Conference) civil rights group often associated with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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

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meteorology

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

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meteorology

Explore the origins of the domesticated cat.

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Cat Diversity

Students make observations and gather information over several days or sessions. Then they summarize reasons why public services are located where they are.

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Analyze a Community Map
Aerial photograph of women wearing pastel-colored head scarves and robes.

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Hijab in Malaysia
Explore, customize, and download a 1-page black-and-white map of Côte d'Ivoire.

Côte d'Ivoire

Daily Ideas for January 14, 2016

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

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wind energy
Printable 1-page maps of continents, countries, and states. Use the MapMaker 1-Page Map tool to customize and download your map.

Mapmaker 1-Page Maps

Students work in groups to make decisions about where to build settlements in hypothetical places. They consider site features and locational factors in the decision-making.

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Selecting Settlement Sites

Profile of Dr. Ashley Murray, wastewater engineer and National Geographic Emerging Explorer.

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Wastewater Engineer: Dr. Ashley Murray
Aerial photo: Icebound buildings.

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IceCube from Above
Aerial photo: Icebound buildings.

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IceCube from Above
Jet streams are currents of air high above the Earth

Encyclopedic Entry

jet stream

Every one of the Titanic's engineers stayed at their post trying to save lives as the ship went down.

Videos

Heroes of the Titanic

Every one of the Titanic's engineers stayed at their post trying to save lives as the ship went down.

Videos

Heroes of the Titanic

On January 14, 1967, the “Human Be-In” was held in San Francisco, California. The event drew more than 20,000 people and came to symbolize the youth movement of the 1960s.

Geographic History Article

Human Be-In

On January 14, 1967, the “Human Be-In” was held in San Francisco, California. The event drew more than 20,000 people and came to symbolize the youth movement of the 1960s.

Geographic History Article

Human Be-In

On January 14, 1942, U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt issued Proclamation 2537.

Geographic History Article

Initial Idea for Japanese-American Internment

On January 14, 1942, U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt issued Proclamation 2537.

Geographic History Article

Initial Idea for Japanese-American Internment

desperation noun

(dehs-pur-AY-shun)

extreme, urgent hopelessness and sadness.

Daily Ideas for January 13, 2016

Photo. Cetaceans sometimes take a look around.

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Gray Whale Spyhop

An aquifer is an underground layer of water-bearing rock. Water-bearing rocks are permeable, meaning that they have openings that liquids and gases can pass through.

Encyclopedic Entry

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

Florida
American colonists chose tea as a turning point in the revolution against Great Britain.

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Boston Tea Party

Students discuss what freshwater is and use maps to predict and identify places around the world where it is scarce. They read about the role of water use and consumption in the generation of electricity. Based on a scenario, they research and analyze the impact of a specific energy resource in a specific location on ...

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The Role of Water in the Generation of Electricity

Students explore climate graphs and an interactive computational model to discover the role of temperature and precipitation on the growth of crops. They examine how the extremes of precipitation (drought and flood) affect plant growth and they use maps of average precipitation and temperature to predict which area will be best suited for agricultural production.

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Climate and Crop Growth

Students explore climate graphs and an interactive computational model to discover the role of temperature and precipitation on the growth of crops. They examine how the extremes of precipitation (drought and flood) affect plant growth and they use maps of average precipitation and temperature to predict which area will be best suited for agricultural production.

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Climate and Crop Growth

Tan Le is the founder of Emotiv Lifesciences and a 2013 National Geographic Emerging Explorer. She’s an innovator in the complex field of brain science, using transformative approaches that empower individuals to better understand their own brains.

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Innovator and Entrepreneur: Tan Le

Tan Le is the founder of Emotiv Lifesciences and a 2013 National Geographic Emerging Explorer. She’s an innovator in the complex field of brain science, using transformative approaches that empower individuals to better understand their own brains.

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Innovator and Entrepreneur: Tan Le

On January 13, 1982, an airplane crashed into a bridge in Washington, D.C., then plunged into the Potomac River.

Geographic History Article

Plane Crashes in Potomac

On January 13, 1888, the National Geographic Society was founded.

Geographic History Article

National Geographic Society Founded

On January 13, 1888, the National Geographic Society was founded.

Geographic History Article

National Geographic Society Founded

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

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Iraq

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

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Iraq

Daily Ideas for January 12, 2016

Download, print, and assemble a tabletop map of Kansas.

Mapmaker Kits

Kansas Tabletop Map

Video. How can humans and chimpanzees use their smarts to improve their socieites?

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Chimps vs. Humans: Successful Societies

Profile of Dereck and Beverly Joubert, conservationists, wildlife filmmakers, and National Geographic Explorers-in-Residence.

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Wildlife Filmmakers and Conservationists: Dereck and Beverly Joubert

A moon is an object that orbits a planet or something else that is not a star

Encyclopedic Entry

moon

Through videos, students hear astronauts and deep-sea explorers describe what life is like in the extreme environments of space and the deep sea. Students create a digital story comparing and contrasting life in these two extreme environments.

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Exploring Extremes
Photo of a cave with dozens of handprints.

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Cuevas de las Manos

oscillation noun

(ah-sihl-AY-shun)

vibration, or a fluctuation between two values.

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

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condensation

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

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condensation

On January 12, 2010, an earthquake struck the Caribbean nation of Haiti. More than 100,000 people died and even more were left homeless.

Geographic History Article

Earthquake Devastates Haiti

On January 12, 1991, the U.S. Congress voted to allow military action against Iraq for its annexation of Kuwait.

Geographic History Article

Congress OKs Military Force in Iraq

On January 12, 1991, the U.S. Congress voted to allow military action against Iraq for its annexation of Kuwait.

Geographic History Article

Congress OKs Military Force in Iraq

Daily Ideas for January 11, 2016

Nobel Laureate Martin Chalfie and National Geographic Emerging Explorer Beth Shapiro discuss why only certain species survive.

Videos

Turning Failure into Nobel Gold

Learn how the Maasai people in northeastern Tanzania are protecting their livestock and the big cats with the support of National Geographic grantee Dr. Laly Lichtenfeld.

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Case Study: Big Cats in the Maasai Steppe
Photo: Mother and child elephants eat shrubs.

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African Elephants

Students analyze American news coverage of important political events of the early 1960s.

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Glued to the Screen
Explore, customize, and download a 1-page black-and-white map of Bangladesh.

Bangladesh

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

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chemistry

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

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chemistry

chrome noun

(KROHM)

popular name for the metallic chemical element chromium, with symbol Cr.

A wetsuit is a special suit worn by people who want to spend a lot of time in the water

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wetsuit

On January 11, 1908, U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt made the massive Grand Canyon in northwestern Arizona a national monument, declaring “You cannot improve upon it.”

Geographic History Article

Grand Canyon Becomes a National Monument

On January 11, 1775, Francis Salvador, nicknamed the “Southern Paul Revere” and the first Jewish person elected to office in what would become the United States, took his seat in Charleston, South Carolina.

Geographic History Article

'Southern Paul Revere' Takes Seat in Congress

Daily Ideas for January 10, 2016

GIS analyst noun

(JEE I EHS AN-uh-lihst)

person who creates and studies technology used in capturing, storing, checking and displaying data related to positions on the Earth's surface.

On January 10, 1863, the London Underground (also known as the "Tube") opened to passengers.

Geographic History Article

London Underground Opens

Students analyze maps of places from neighborhood to world and then create maps for the locations of their own homes at multiple scales.

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Many Ways to Name a Place

On January 10, 49 BCE, General Julius Caesar crossed the Rubicon, a stream separating Rome from the province of Gaul. Crossing the Rubicon began a civil war that would end the Roman Republic.

Geographic History Article

Caesar Crosses the Rubicon

On January 10, 49 BCE, General Julius Caesar crossed the Rubicon, a stream separating Rome from the province of Gaul. Crossing the Rubicon began a civil war that would end the Roman Republic.

Geographic History Article

Caesar Crosses the Rubicon

This humanoid helps us study the brain.

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Robot: iCub

This humanoid helps us study the brain.

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Robot: iCub

Resources for Teaching the AP Human Geography Cities and Urban Land Use Topic

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AP Human Geography: Cities

Resources for Teaching the AP Human Geography Cities and Urban Land Use Topic

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AP Human Geography: Cities

A geographic information system (GIS) is a computer system for capturing, storing, checking, and displaying data related to positions on Earth’s surface.

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GIS (geographic information system)

Photojournalist Brian Skerry talks about manatees.

Videos

The Mermaid Myth
Explore, customize, and download a 1-page black-and-white map of Andorra.

Andorra
Yasuni National Park

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Yasuni National Park
Yasuni National Park

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Yasuni National Park

Daily Ideas for January 9, 2016

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

Videos

Film Freeze Frame: Predictions
Illustration: Satellite above Earth.

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GPS Satellite

Article on the annual migration of the arctic tern.

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To the Ends of the Earth

resource curse noun

(REE-sors KURS)

condition of regions with a high number of natural resources experiencing low development and economic growth. Also called the paradox of plenty.

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

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trophic levels

BioBlitz 2012 took place in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado, and cataloged species from diverse ecosystems.

Geostories

A Rocky Mountain BioBlitz

On January 9, 1909, a polar exploration team led by Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton reached the farthest point south ever traveled by humans.

Geographic History Article

Shackleton Reaches South . . . But Not the Pole

On January 9, 1887, ranchers endured the worst day of the “Great Die-Up,” when almost an inch of snow fell every hour.

Geographic History Article

Great Die-Up

Students discuss types of migration and people who migrate. Then they brainstorm reasons for migrating.

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Introduction to Human Migration

El Nino is a climate pattern that describes the unusual warming of surface waters in the eastern Pacific Ocean.

Encyclopedic Entry

El Niño