Algal blooms cause major issues in our Great Lakes, a similar phenomenon happens in the Chinese Great Salt Lake. This video can lead do a great conversation about how the environment effects humans, what impact humans have on the environment and also offers a great opportunity to compare two places:
A guest FEATURE FRIDAY from our friends at PBS Learning Media. This lesson is perfect for elementary students to take a meaningful look at recycling:
Water is an incredibly precious resource. Here with our abundance of lakes and streams we often take the availability of fresh water for granted. While these maps have a definite point of view, they still raise some good topics for discussion:
In our schoolyard BioBlitz we work to observe and identify the species around us. But what if they have more than one identity?
Building on a schoolyard BioBlitz or the MEECs Ecosystem and Biodiversity Unit check out this integrated lesson from Nat Geo Education:
In addition to our MEECs unit on Climate Change, check out PBS Education ideas for bringing global climate change into the classroom:
Congratulations to Paarth Sharma of Portage, the 2018 winner of the Michigan National Geographic Bee.
Congratulations and good luck to all participants competing today in the state National Geographic GeoBee finals. Test your geographic knowledge with this GeoBee practice quiz:
As we gear up for Earth Day this month, and as a follow up to the article earlier this week, NASA has a terrific collection of eveidence and articles on the topic of climate change:
Scientists agree that our climate is changing. This article from The Washington Post examines this phenomenon. This is a very difficult topic to teach. For assistance navigating this difficult-to-teach concept check out h MEECS Climate Change curriculum supplement available on our website:
A final tribute to Reading Month:
FRIDAY FEATURE: Good stories can transport us to new places. As we wrap up reading month check out some stories that will let young students explore geography:
ArcGIS is a great platform to help kids visualize and communicate in depth topics. This article from the ArcGIS community has several ways to improve your own skills, and use mapping technology in the classroom:
Getting students thinking about there impact both close to home and globally is a priority for every geographic educator. Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots has a practical toolkit which can help you guide students of all ages through meaningful projects connecting them to the world at large.
Getting students thinking about there impact both close to home and globally is a priority for every geographic educator. Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots has a practical toolkit which can help you guide students through meaningful projects: