Geography Awareness Week 2016: Resources & strategies
Each year more than 100,000 Americans actively participate in Geography Awareness Week. Established by presidential proclamation more than 25 years ago, this annual public awareness program organized by National Geographic encourages citizens young and old to think and learn about the significance of place and how we affect and are affected by it.
Each third week of November, students, families and community members focus on the importance of geography by hosting events; using lessons, games, and challenges in the classroom; and often meeting with policymakers and business leaders as part of that year’s activities. Geography Awareness Week is supported by year-long access to materials and resources for teachers, parents, community activists and all geographically minded global citizens.
This year’s theme, to help celebrate the very cool anniversary of the National Park Service, is Explore the Power of Parks.
Want a piece of this? Head over and check out these resources:
- Start with the National Geo page. Lots of resources and ideas here.
- Of course, the National Council for Geographic Education put together some helpful tools. (Go here to find out state level stuff. Here’s the Kansas version.)
- The National Education Association has some good stuff.
- ESRI and other GSI folks have put together a page celebrating Geo Week.
- And you’ve got to love Larry Ferlazzo’s updated list of goodies.