There are so many ways you can use this resource library, many of which are listed in the activity suggestions, resource guides, and lesson plans. If you're doing units on anything related to nature, geography, exploration, or world events, there're something for you here. You can also direct students to the site for homework help (encyclopedias and maps provide valuable reference information), research projects, or free exploration. Or, have kids play the enlightening online games and discuss the results in class.Continue reading Show less
National Geographic Education is a portal for National Geographic’s vast libraries of educational material suitable for kids. Hundreds of videos, photos, reference materials, activities, and games address a wide variety of nature- and world-themed topics. Pre-made learning collections offer units on animals, climate change, ecosystems, energy, migration, ocean, STEM, and weather.
The site doesn't require any login information; it's more of a place to find resources and information. Offerings and site views are slightly different based on which audience view you choose: teacher, informal educator, family, student, or kid. Everything is searchable by various options including audience, grade, resource type, and subject.
Amazing videos and mesmerizing photos of animal life, natural phenomena, world events and more give kids a first-hand look at the world and make learning come alive. They won't just passively read about stuff here; lesson plans, offline activity suggestions (art, scavenger hunts, and discussion questions), online games, and reference materials support learning in a variety of ways and give teachers creative ideas for constructing learning units. There's also an important and inspiring overall message encouraging kids to learn more about the world, becoming responsible, “geo-literate” citizens. This message is present in the educational materials and thought-provoking activities, like Global Closet Calculator.
Kids explore the interconnected and interdependent world of products by mapping where clothes come from, then follow a supply chain to make jeans or MP3 players, having to make important decisions along the way regarding the environment, workers' rights, and more. The mass of content can sometimes feel overwhelming, even more so with no way to track, personalize, or customize learning, but it's still an outstanding resource.
Key Standards Supported
Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity
Use evidence to construct an explanation for how the variations in characteristics among individuals of the same species may provide advantages in surviving, finding mates, and reproducing.
Construct an argument with evidence that in a particular habitat some organisms can survive well, some survive less well, and some cannot survive at all.
Evaluate the evidence supporting claims that changes in environmental conditions may result in: (1) increases in the number of individuals of some species, (2) the emergence of new species over time, and (3) the extinction of other species.
Construct an explanation based on evidence that describes how genetic variations of traits in a population increase some individuals’ probability of surviving and reproducing in a specific environment.
Earth and Human Activity
Evaluate competing design solutions for developing, managing, and utilizing energy and mineral resources based on cost-benefit ratios.
Evaluate or refine a technological solution that reduces impacts of human activities on natural systems.
Analyze geoscience data and the results from global climate models to make an evidence-based forecast of the current rate of global or regional climate change and associated future impacts to Earth systems.
Use a computational representation to illustrate the relationships among Earth systems and how those relationships are being modified due to human activity.
Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment.
Construct an argument supported by evidence for how increases in human population and per-capita consumption of natural resources impact Earth’s systems.
Ask questions to clarify evidence of the factors that have caused the rise in global temperatures over the past century.
Analyze geoscience data to make the claim that one change to Earth’s surface can create feedbacks that cause changes to other Earth systems.
Use a model to describe how variations in the flow of energy into and out of Earth's systems result in changes in climate.
Develop a quantitative model to describe the cycling of carbon among the hydrosphere, atmosphere, geosphere, and biosphere.
Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
Evaluate the claims, evidence, and reasoning that the complex interactions in ecosystems maintain relatively consistent numbers and types of organisms in stable conditions, but changing conditions may result in a new ecosystem.
Design, evaluate, and refine a solution for reducing the impacts of human activities on the environment and biodiversity.
Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence for the effects of resource availability on organisms and populations of organisms in an ecosystem.
Construct an explanation that predicts patterns of interactions among organisms across multiple ecosystems.
Develop a model to describe the cycling of matter and flow of energy among living and nonliving parts of an ecosystem.
Construct an argument supported by empirical evidence that changes to physical or biological components of an ecosystem affect populations.
From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes
Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence for how environmental and genetic factors influence the growth of organisms.
Heredity: Inheritance and Variation of Traits
Use evidence to support the explanation that traits can be influenced by the environment.