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Ideas for Geography Awareness Week

Lindsey Luria New User
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Geography Awareness Week isn't just for Geography classrooms; the geographic perspective can be applied to any subject!


And outside of the classroom, this year's theme, "Declare Your Interdependence," can be related to the most basic, every-day tasks:

  • When you get dressed in the morning, take a second look at your clothes.  Where were they made?  Where did the raw materials come from, and how much energy was used to transport them from factory to factory and then to the store where you bought them?
  • Global supply chains apply to food, too.  When you eat, think about it.  What are you actually eating, and why?  Is there a variety of fruits and vegetables at your disposal?
  • Speaking of consumption, how much of EVERYTHING are you using up?  Energy?  Water?  Physical space?
  • When you write with a pencil, think about resources.  When you use a GPS, think about satellites, remote sensing, and other global positioning technology.  When you drive a car, take a bus, train, plane, or boat, think about your route; why is the road or railroad track where it is, and could different planning have shortened your route?


Resources on National Geographic Education's Geography Awareness Week page:

  • A toolkit, with tools to plan Geography Awareness Week events, organize geography outreach in your local community, and guide students in ways to document their experiences
  • Encyclopedic entries and other reference materials
  • "Mission: Explore" activities
  • Additional resources from partners like World Savvy, NCGE, and ESRI's GIS Day


Please share your ideas for this exciting week -- which interconnections are you thinking about, and how will YOU be teaching geography awareness?

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