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Shifting Seas

Students make and evaluate predictions related to climate change’s effects on the oceans, using evidence from videos, articles, and demonstratio...

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...


Summits with a View

Students develop an understanding of the term peakbaggers and map the peaks of the Seven Summits. They then consider three different reasons for ...


The Sixth Mass Extinction?

Students collaboratively investigate our planet’s five mass extinctions and the possibility of a sixth mass extinction. Then, students explore t...


A Shift in Supply and Demand

Guided by the National Geographic and Rolex’s Perpetual Planet Extreme Expedition to Mount Everest in 2019, students explore the relationship am...

Controlling the Contagion: Proactive and Reactive Responses to an Outbreak

Students evaluate different proactive and reactive measures that can be implemented in response to an outbreak of infectious diseases. They then explo...



European Borders Through History

Students compare maps of European borders at three points in history: after World War I, after World War II, and the 2011 European Union (EU) countrie...

Bottle Rocket Tutorial

This tutorial shows how to build and launch a bottle rocket.


Mapping Human Interruptions to Migration

Students learn how human activity has impacted animal migration. They begin by watching a video of elk migration through Yellowstone National Park to ...


Teaching Idea: Plastic Pollution

Use this idea and suggested resources to build the perfect lesson or activity on plastic pollution and ocean circulation for your classroom....


Water Works

Students compare their own tap water use in light of global freshwater access to develop an understanding of water security. They learn how watersheds...

Is There Life in Space?

Students discover how scientists find planets and other astronomical bodies. They compare zones of habitability around different star types, discoveri...



Getting Organized

In this series of activities, students are introduced to the main types of microbes, scientific classification, how scientists organize living organis...

Educate Others to Inspire Action

Students, in their role as scientists, create and finalize a collaborative model of the global carbon cycle. As a class, they use the model in a prese...


Solving a CHALLENGE-ing Problem

Inspired by James Cameron’s historic DEEPSEA CHALLENGE dive, students will investigate pressure, biological adaptations, and the engineering pro...


Mapping Migratory Routes

Students learn about how and why animals migrate and then take a deep dive into the migratory patterns of species that are impacted in a certain geogr...


Political Borders

Students think about regions and borders by determining where they would place borders in an artificial continent, based on a set of physical and cult...

Helping Animals Migrate

Students learn about the positive actions that help support migrating animals. Then they create an original board game that showcases what they have l...



Carbon Concerns

Students explore climate change and global warming with multimedia. They create a model of the greenhouse effect and then refine their findings using ...

Your School: Using a Geographic Perspective

Students learn how to use a geographic perspective by asking where and what as they explore the concepts of location and place with their classroom an...


Blue Holes: Being an Explorer

This series of activities takes students through a process from defining exploration to planning, carrying out, and communicating the outcomes of a mi...


What Are Our Energy Choices?

In this lesson, students explore the advantages and disadvantages of different energy sources for generating electricity. A particular focus is given ...


Preserving the Past

Students analyze the differences between permanent and traveling exhibits and decide which type of exhibit would be appropriate for the Clotilda artif...

Human Impacts on the World Ocean

Students are introduced to the idea that humans have enormous impacts on marine ecosystems and resources, and explore the stakeholders involved....



Teaching Idea: Ancient Rome

Use this idea and suggested resources to help you build a lesson or activity on ancient Rome.