Updated October 2014

National Geographic Education: Activities -- 9-12

Videos, lessons, and resources to help show students the world

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  • Social Studies

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National Geographic Education has plenty of grade 9-12 activities, but it's important to know that the range of themes covered is somewhat limited: Most content is related to the environment, sustainability, and early explorers. Nevertheless, there's enough overlap to offer a deep dive into each theme. For best search results, use the Educators view, rather than those for Families or Students.

These activities vary in depth and detail, but the best ones feature images, videos, worksheets, and detailed lesson plans and class discussion notes. If an interesting lesson is less detailed than you'd like, use the site's tag cloud and menu tools to explore related content on the site, as well as from a variety of the site's partners. As you search, keep in mind that many activities are listed for grades 6 through 12 -- be sure to look closely to pick the most age-appropriate activities for your students.

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Cameron M. , Technology coordinator
Technology coordinator
From Detailed Science and Social Studies Lessons to Interactive Mapping - You could spend some time on this site
The information on the site seems to be organized well and provided good quality links and materials. There are activities for all grade levels and clear instructions for using them. A teacher would need to spend some time becoming familiar with any lesson before attempting with the class. The ones I previewed had downloads, links, interactive activities and videos and long detailed instructions. It would be best to make sure everything worked with the technology in the classroom before assigning. Teachers might find that the site could be used for independent research for students who have a particular interest in one of the topics covered. The Map Interactive is useful since students can create, save and email custom maps. Also, there are many options to include country facts, latitude and longitude and additional layers. Overall there are a lot of resources on the site and you could spend a lot of time viewing them all. However the search features are robust so you should be able to find what you need quickly and if you need a science or social studies lesson, you will probably find some valuable resources to use.
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