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Freshwater
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Freshwater

Check out these ideas for how your students can learn more about freshwater and how to conserve this precious resource.

  • Best for: Grades 6 and up (ages 11 and up)
  • Concepts: citizen science, clean water, drinking water, drought, freshwater, going green, green, groundwater, human water use, service learning, volunteering, water, water conservation
One Strange Rock
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One Strange Rock

Use these ideas to help students better understand the “strange rock” we live on and what makes it unique.

  • Best for: Grades 6 - 8 (ages 11 - 14)
  • Concepts: astronauts, climate change, extinction, geology, grand canyon, hurricane, international space station, natural disaster, photography, sally ride , season, space, stratigraphy, terry virts
Be Like Jane: Observing, Conserving, and Communicating
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Be Like Jane: Observing, Conserving, and Communicating

Jane Goodall is a world-famous ethnologist and conservationist. Use these ideas to learn more about the contributions she made to science and those who have continued her work.

  • Best for: Grades 6 - 12 (ages 11 - 18)
  • Concepts: chimpanzees, conservation, dr. jane goodall
Teach Archaeology, Conservation, and Preservation at Home
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Teach Archaeology, Conservation, and Preservation at Home

Here are some ideas, based on academic standards, to support and extend your child’s learning as they experience the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.  

  • Best for: Grades 6 - 8 (ages 11 - 14)
  • Concepts: archeaology, bison, museums, national geographic museum
Teach Archaeology, Conservation, and Preservation in the Classroom
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Teach Archaeology, Conservation, and Preservation in the Classroom

Here are some ideas -- connected to select National Geography Standards, Next Generation Science Standards, and the Geography Standards in the C3 Framework -- to support and extend students’ learning as they experience the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.  

  • Best for: Grades 6 - 8 (ages 11 - 14)
  • Concepts: archaeology, archeaology, national geographic museum
13 Days: President Kennedy and the Cuban Missile Crisis
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EDUCATION

13 Days: President Kennedy and the Cuban Missile Crisis

Students investigate outcomes of the Cuban Missile Crisis by using primary documents and role-playing President Kennedy’s national security team.

  • Best for: Grades 9 - 12 (ages 14 - 18)
  • Concepts: american history, cold war, cons, cuban missile crisis, decision-making, diplomacy, evaluation, fidel castro, government, john f. kennedy, killing kennedy, nikita khrushchev, nuclear weapons, outcomes, policy strategy, politics, pros, soviet union
People and Wildlife in India
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People and Wildlife in India

India is home to endangered wildlife like the Asian elephant, tiger, and leopard and approximately 1.3 billion people. Use this set of ideas to engage your classroom in learning about biodiversity and conservation challenges and efforts in India

  • Best for: Grades 4 - 9 (ages 9 - 15)
  • Concepts: adaptation, biodiversity, central asia, human geography, india, leopards, population density, snow leopards
Our Human Story
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Our Human Story

Our Human Story Idea Set

  • Best for: Grades 5 - 8 (ages 10 - 14)
  • Concepts: ancient human migrations, gis, google earth, human migration, maps, out of eden, paul salopek, storytelling
Exploring Oceans
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Exploring Oceans

Google Earth Idea Set focusing on the Pristine Seas project.

  • Best for: Grades 4 - 10 (ages 9 - 16)
  • Concepts: climate change, enric sala, gis, marine biology, marine pollution, ocean conservation, overfishing, pristine seas
Conducting Geographic Analysis
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Conducting Geographic Analysis

Google Earth Idea Set focusing on basic GIS techniques.

  • Best for: Grades 5 - 8 (ages 10 - 14)
  • Concepts: gis
Getting Started With Google Earth
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Getting Started With Google Earth

Google Earth makes a world of geographic information available to your students in a dynamic way over a web browser. Use these ideas to get familiar with the available tools and features, and infuse your students’ learning with geographic thinking and inquiry.

  • Best for: Grades 5 - 8 (ages 10 - 14)
  • Concepts: gis, mapping, map projection
School-Based Environmental Service Learning
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School-Based Environmental Service Learning

Find ways to engage students in environmental service learning projects in the classroom or on school grounds.

  • Best for: Grades 4 and up (ages 9 and up)
  • Concepts: art projects, climate change impacts, cooking, creativity, decision-making, disaster preparedness, drought, environmental issue, environmental stewardship, food bank, forces of nature, freshwater, fundraising, gardening, green schools, groundwater, growing food, human activity, human threats, human water use, innovation, litter, makerspace, marine ecosystems, natural disaster, ocean, overfishing, pollution, recipes, recyclables , recycling, reuse, saftey, school recycling, service learning, soil, stakeholders, technology, water conservation
Field-Based Environmental Service Learning
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Field-Based Environmental Service Learning

Find ways to engage students in environmental service learning projects in outdoor settings.

  • Best for: Grades 4 - 12 (ages 9 - 18)
  • Concepts: adaptations, amphibians, animals, beautification, birds, butterfly, carbon sequestration, climate, climate change, community, earth day, environmental monitoring, fish habitat, frogs, green, habitat, habitat protection, learning garden, litter, migration, monitoring, naturalist, nesting, observation, outdoors, pollution, precipitation, recycling, salmon, service learning, severe weather, smartphone, toads, water, water monitoring , water pollution, water quality, watersheds, weather, weather alert
Play in a National Park
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Play in a National Park

Get ideas for engaging activities to do with kids when visiting a national park or other green space.

  • Best for: Grades K - 8 (ages 5 - 14)
  • Concepts: art, bioblitz, boats, camp, citizen science, climbing, exercise, geocaching, hiking, letterboxing, national parks, nature, paintings, photography, planning, scavenger hunt, trees, wildlife
National Park Resources
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National Park Resources

Learn about the U.S. National Park System.

  • Best for: Grades K - 6 (ages 5 - 12)
  • Concepts: activities, national parks, nature, planning, travel, wildlife
Protect Your Parks
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Protect Your Parks

Learn about ways to get kids involved in protecting our national, state, and local parks.

  • Best for: Grades K - 6 (ages 5 - 12)
  • Concepts: leave no trace, litter, national parks, nature, photography, stewardship
Road Trip Boredom Busters
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Road Trip Boredom Busters

Get ideas for fun things to do on road trips.  

  • Best for: Grades 12 and under (ages 18 and under)
  • Concepts: climate, distance, games, geography, gps, maps, navigation, photography, place names, public lands, road trip, signs, states, travel
Celebrate Geography Awareness Week
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Celebrate Geography Awareness Week

This Geography Awareness Week, gather your friends, family, coworkers, and everyone in between to help you celebrate! Use these activity and event ideas during Geography Awareness Week—and the rest of the year—to show your love for geography. 

  • Best for: Grades K and up (ages 5 and up)
  • Concepts: carbon, colleges and universities, community service, contests, cultural, culture, event, explorers, film, food, geocaching, geographer, geography, geography awareness week, geoweek, gis, human-environment interaction, nature, pen pals, quizzes, recycling, reuse, service, sustainability, travel, volunteering
Using MapMaker Kits
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Using MapMaker Kits

Find ideas for classroom activities using mapping tools.

  • Best for: Grades K - 12 (ages 5 - 18)
  • Concepts: battlefields, boundries, climate, conflict, culture, current events, earthquakes, economy, ecosystems, geography, globalization, interconnected, islands, landforms, language, mapmaker interactive, mapmaker kits, maps, natural disasters, olympics, physical geography, plate tectonics, polar regions, population, refugees, religions, rivers, sports, states, trade, transportation, united states, volcanoes, wars, weather, world maps
Summer Learning
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Summer Learning

Find ideas for getting kids involved in summer learning initiatives. Help them retain the knowledge they gained through the school year.

  • Best for: Grades K - 12 (ages 5 - 18)
  • Concepts: gardens, geography, insects, nature, photography, plants, reading, stem, summer , urban areas
From Ally to Enemy: The American Perception of the Soviet Union from 1920 to 1950
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From Ally to Enemy: The American Perception of the Soviet Union from 1920 to 1950

Students analyze the changing perception of the Soviet Union in the eyes of American citizens from 1920 to 1950 by examining visual and written primary sources from the period.

  • Best for: Grades 9 - 12 (ages 14 - 18)
  • Concepts: 1950s, ally, american history, cartoons, enemy, government, john f. kennedy, perception, politics, primary sources, propaganda, united states of america, winston churchill
Seasons
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Seasons

Get ideas for ways to celebrate the seasons around the world with your class.

  • Best for: Grades K and up (ages 5 and up)
  • Concepts: arts, autumn, autumnal equinox, buds, celebrations, cultures, data, equinoxes, fall, food, hurricanes, leaves, maps, natural disasters, plants, rain, rainfall, seasons, solstices, spring, summer solstice, tornadoes, trees, tropical storms, vernal equinox, winter solstice
Volunteering
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Volunteering

Get ideas for opportunities to donate your time to worthy causes.

  • Best for: Grades K and up (ages 5 and up)
  • Concepts: beaches, celebrations, communities, community impacts, community improvement, community service, earth day, environmental impacts, going green, land pollution, litter, neighborhoods, neighbors, pollution, recycling, reduce, reuse, tourism, travel, volunteering, waterways
Get Real-Time Data
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Get Real-Time Data

Get ideas for where to find real-time data.

  • Best for: Grades 3 and up (ages 8 and up)
  • Concepts: air quality, chesapeake bay, clean water, data, data collection, drought, earthquakes, floods, landslides, population, real-time data, stream flow, temperature, united states, volcanoes, water temperature
Outdoor Family Fun
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Outdoor Family Fun

Get ideas for fun family activities you can do outdoors.

  • Best for: Grades K and up (ages 5 and up)
  • Concepts: animals, backyard, biodiversity, birds, bugs, butterflies, cardinal direction, communities, composting, data, directions, dirt, exploration, flowers, gardening, gardens, habitats, insects, invasive species, inventory, maps, monarch butterflies, nature, neighborhoods, outdoors, photography, plants, rocks, soil, toolkit, tracks