This week, Americans all over the country are celebrating Geography Awareness Week. For over 25 years, Geography Awareness Week has been as a time to think about the importance of geography and the interconnectedness of today’s global society. Now more than ever, it’s crucial that K-12 students are literate as global citizens and able to make effective decisions that will move the world toward a more just and sustainable future.
If you’re looking for activities to use in your classroom, our new middle school kit, People and the Planet, has you covered with timely lessons that explore the impacts of people, place, and the interactions between them. To give you an idea of what is included, here are three geograph-rich lessons for you to download right now:
Humans have a long history of migration and it continues today. In this activity, students participate in a push/pull simulation to identify reasons people migrate from one place to another and analyze the similarities and differences between two real-world migrations.
Large strides have been made in children’s health over the past few decades. But despite these global gains, children in less developed countries still face significant health risks. In this small group board game, students are presented with various health-related scenarios that can help or hurt child health and then discuss public health measures that are most effective in keeping people healthy.
The global population, currently made up of 7.4 billion people continues to grow by more than 80 million people each year. Demographers expect world population to grow by about 4 billion people by the end of the century, but this growth is not expected to be equally distributed around the globe. In this hands-on lesson, students created gridded bar graphs to represent the relative size of different regions’ populations for different years (past and future).
Visit People and the Planet to sample additional lessons and readings for middle school classrooms. Happy geography teaching!