WASHINGTON (Nov. 14, 2008)–National Geographic invites budding explorers on a seven-day “tour” of the marvelous cultures and natural wonders of the Americas during Geography Awareness Week 2008, Nov. 16-22. Geography Awareness Week is part of Geography Action!, an annual conservation and awareness program for schools and students in grades K through 12, designed to educate and excite youngsters about the world’s natural, cultural and historic treasures. This year’s spotlight on the Americas is National Geographic’s third leg of a five-year journey focusing its geographic lens on five world regions.
At the Geography Action! Web site (nationalgeographic.com/geographyaction), teachers can find an assortment of resources, including hands-on activities; downloadable lesson plans and maps; a free, downloadable Americas map kit with tips for creating a jumbo-sized map of the Western Hemisphere; and links to additional resources on the Americas.
“Our compelling maps, activities, lesson plans and educational resources on the Americas will help students and teachers learn about these extraordinarily diverse continents,” said Terry Garcia, National Geographic executive vice president of Mission Programs. “Web resources give students and teachers the necessary tools to understand the varied cultures and history of the Americas, the importance of their local regions, and the larger issues of relationships among people, places and environments.”
Geography Action! is a program of National Geographic Education & Children’s Programs, which provides grants, training, hands-on activities and support for educators and organizations.