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Teaching Resources (National Geographic)

Found in: math, science, preK-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

National Geographic’s Teaching Resources offers units, lessons, and activities aligned to NCTM Principles and Standards for School Mathematics and National Science Education Standards for K-12 teachers. Resources are grouped K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12 and can be filtered to streamline searches.

  • A K-2 activity is the Great Nature Project Butterfly Mission in which students explore butterfly and moth life cycles with family and friends. The Butterfly Mission (  PDF, 1.9 MB, 4 pgs.) describes 8 tasks to complete the mission.
  • With the lesson Your School: Using a Geographic Perspective students in grades 3-5 ask “where” and “what” as they explore location and place within their classroom and school to develop geographic perspective. The lesson has 3 activities.
  • The Ring of Darhad: Mongolia Wolverine Expedition is an inquiry-based, hands-on STEM unit for students in grades 3-7. The unit has 7 hour-long lessons that can be used in any order and adapted for different grade levels. In Lesson Four: Become a Wildlife Ecologist, (  PDF, 583 KB, 7 pgs.) students identify animal signs and use standard research techniques to collect data.
  • Human Impacts on the World Ocean is a lesson for students in grades 9-12. Students use a variety of media to discuss and analyze human-related pressures placed upon marine ecosystems and resources.
  • And don’t overlook Game-Based Learning with games in science & engineering, history & culture, geographic decision-making, fun for families, and vocabulary. Some games have educator guides.


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