This lists the logos of programs or partners of NG Education which have provided or contributed the content on this page. Program NG Live

  • Energetic, enthusiastic, and enormously talented, adventure and environmental photographer and filmmaker Keith Ladzinski followed the trail of adventure climbing and filming spires in Antarctica, karsts in China, and a wild jungle tower in French Polynesia. His footage captures the beauty and wonder (and incredible geology) of places that few people ever visit. Keith also documents climate change in America’s National Parks, highlighting the need to protect our planet and its vital ecosystems.

    Use the resources in this collection to prepare your students for their upcoming National Geographic Live! student matinee experience. Use the “Before the show” ideas to introduce students to Keith Ladzinski and the topics (exploration, geography, geology, conservation) that he will discuss during the show. Use the “After the show” ideas to extend the learning after the event has ended.


    Before the show:

    • Have students review Keith Ladzinski’s biography using the links in the Explore More tab on this page.

    • Download and print the provided maps of Antarctica and China, or use the MapMaker Interactive, to explore the areas where Keith Ladzinksi works.

    • Have students read the provided global warming encyclopedic entry. Lead a class discussion about different factors in global warming. After reading, ask: How are these factors connected? What kinds of human activities impact global warming?

    • Show students Keith Ladzinski’s photo gallery, in the Explore More tab. Ask: How does a Keith Ladzinski, as an environmental photographer and filmmaker, influence awareness about global warming and climate change?

    • Introduce students to the Find Your National Park program in the Explore More tab. Have students select a park that means something to them and research about the impact of climate change on that area. Ask: How might they help mitigate the impact of climate change on their selected park?

    • Have students read the provided article, Sea Rise and Storms on the Chesapeake Bay. Ask: Why is sea level rising? Why is sea level rising at a faster rate than average in the Chesapeake Bay?

    • Engage students in exploring the greater impacts of climate change by using the provided What is the Future of Earth’s Climate? lesson.

    • Provide each student with a KWL Chart. Introduce the program they will attend and, who the speaker is, and offer a brief description of what the speaker’s topic(s) will be. Have students fill out the What I Know and What I Want to Know columns of the KWL Chart. Have them fill out the What I Learned column after the show.

    • Use the graphic organizer collection to select a graphic organizer to help your students organize their questions and new knowledge before, during, and after the program. For example:

      • Download and print the T Chart. Have students label the left column with Questions I Have and the right column with Answers, and then conduct research about the speaker and speaker topic ahead of the program. Have students record answers to their questions during or after the program. Have students conduct research to complete any unanswered questions for homework. Have each student share a question and answer with the class.

      • Download and print the provided Five Ws Chart. Have each student bring their copy to the matinee program and take notes. Have students share and discuss their notes after the show.

    After the Show

    • Use the Explorer Comparisons worksheet and have a class discussion to help students make connections between themselves and Keith Ladzinski. Distribute the worksheet to students before the presentation and review the directions with them. Review any terms with which that they are unfamiliar with. After the presentation, have students share the notes that they took during the show. Have a class discussion about attitudes and skills and how students demonstrate them in their everyday lives. Have students record their personal examples on the worksheet.

    • Review the continents, countries, or areas that the speaker presented. Ask: What continents, countries, or areas does the speaker work in? Have younger students imagine that these places were characters in the stories that Keith Ladzinski shared. Ask: What role did place play in Anand Varma’s story? Why was location important to the story? How did the characteristics of the place influence the story? Note: You may need to introduce the concept of place for your students, before they can answer and discuss these questions.

    • Discuss and define any unfamiliar terminology that the speaker used. Ask: What vocabulary words did Keith Ladzinski use that were new to you? Invite volunteers to write the words on the board, and have the class define them as a group using information they learned from the speaker or through research. If desired, have students record unfamiliar terminology during the show on one half of a T Chart. Then, have them write the definitions on the other side following this class discussion.

    • Have a class discussion about the attitudes National Geographic explorers embody. Ask: What attitudes did Keith Ladzinski talk about today? In what ways does Keith Ladzinski demonstrate curiosity, responsibility, empowerment, and persistence in his work? Why do you think these attitudes are important for explorers? Students can use their Five Ws Chart for reference and a graphic organizer to organize their ideas.

    • Have a whole-class brainstorm on how students can make changes or support the speakers’ work. Ask: What, if any, call to action did the speakers make? How can you implement any changes in your day-to-day life? What can we work on together as a group?

  • Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry
    climate change Noun

    gradual changes in all the interconnected weather elements on our planet.

    Encyclopedic Entry: climate change
    geology Noun

    study of the physical history of the Earth, its composition, its structure, and the processes that form and change it.

    global warming Noun

    increase in the average temperature of the Earth's air and oceans.

    Encyclopedic Entry: global warming
    karst Noun

    landscape made of limestone.

    Encyclopedic Entry: karst