National Geographic

Phase 2: Classroom Activities

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Photograph by Megan Huneck


In Phase 2, you should complete two classroom activities that draw upon your knowledge of the National Geographic Learning Framework (introduced in Phase 1). We challenge you to add more depth to these lessons than you ordinarily might. It may be helpful to think, “How can I add another scale or perspective such as local, regional, global, geological, ecological, historical, economic, political, cultural, or spatial?”

Phase 2, as a whole, is designed to be flexible and to allow for variation in scope. Some educators opt to share long-term projects to satisfy their Phase 2 requirements, while others focus on lessons that can take place in a single class period. Both of these options can work very well.

You will be asked to reflect on these activities as they relate to the Learning Framework in Phase 3. See below for specific activity requirements.

Activity Requirements

Activity 1: Choose and build upon a resource from the Nat Geo Education site, an NG Learning textbook, or any other National Geographic resource or program.

Start with a pre-made resource from, an NG Learning textbook, or any other National Geographic resource or program—but don’t stop there. Your task is to build upon any of our materials to best suit the uniqueness of your classroom, region and student interests. You will be asked to share how you expanded upon the resource, how it connected to the Learning Framework, and how students were impacted in Phase 3. 

Where to Look: is a destination for free National Geographic resources searchable by subject and grade level. The collection includes an encyclopedia, lesson plans, activities, mapping tools, games, and media. You can also incorporate something from the Education Blog such as a Current Event Connection, Weekly Warm-Up, or Educator Spotlight. Or, you can choose a resource from an NG Learning textbook.


Activity 2: Design an activity that aligns with one of the themes in this list.

Be creative and bring your own teaching philosophy as well as the Learning Framework to your lesson! You will be asked to share a lesson description, how the lesson connected to the Learning Framework, and how students were impacted in Phase 3. 


Capstone Activity:


In phase 3, you will be asked to complete a multimedia reflection form that will include questions about both Activity 1 and Activity 2. However, you will choose one to be your main focus—your “capstone activity.” For your capstone activity (either Activity 1 or Activity 2), you will be asked to submit the following. It is best to begin compiling these as you go.:

  • A lesson plan, in accordance with this template, written in your own words with sources cited
  • 2-6 photographs of student work
  • A 2-6 minute capstone video