National Geographic Education's Homework Help section feels a bit like a digital encyclopedia, but with stellar content -- think Wikipedia with National Geographic content. Keep in mind that you may want to apply similar cautions here as you would with Wikipedia: As a tertiary source, the site is good for background info and exploration, but not necessarily for citation. On the bright side, the site does a great job of helping kids and teachers explore big ideas, clarify key terms, and investigate detailed background info about people, places, and events.
Use the glossary and encyclopedia to browse terms and explore information. The link for This Day in Geographic History would likely connect well to many teachers' curricula. You could have kids explore the section for daily or weekly current-events assignments. The blog features up-to-date stories on emerging info, from discoveries about King Tut’s tomb to studies about climate, animals, and archaeology. Even when links point to not-so-new content, the high quality of the writing and images ensure that most everything feels relevant. The Cool Schools feature lets kids and teachers explore other schools' efforts to use the site's materials; mine this section for ideas and inspiration.Continue reading Show less
Key Standards Supported
Reading Informational Text
Integrate information presented in different media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively) as well as in words to develop a coherent understanding of a topic or issue.
Analyze in detail how a key individual, event, or idea is introduced, illustrated, and elaborated in a text (e.g., through examples or anecdotes).
Compare and contrast a text to an audio, video, or multimedia version of the text, analyzing each medium’s portrayal of the subject (e.g., how the delivery of a speech affects the impact of the words).
Analyze the interactions between individuals, events, and ideas in a text (e.g., how ideas influence individuals or events, or how individuals influence ideas or events).
Evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of using different mediums (e.g., print or digital text, video, multimedia) to present a particular topic or idea.
Analyze how a text makes connections among and distinctions between individuals, ideas, or events (e.g., through comparisons, analogies, or categories).
Analyze various accounts of a subject told in different mediums (e.g., a person’s life story in both print and multimedia), determining which details are emphasized in each account.
Analyze how the author unfolds an analysis or series of ideas or events, including the order in which the points are made, how they are introduced and developed, and the connections that are drawn between them.
Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in different media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively) as well as in words in order to address a question or solve a problem.
Analyze a complex set of ideas or sequence of events and explain how specific individuals, ideas, or events interact and develop over the course of the text.
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