Site URL: GeographyAwarenessWeek.org
Content: Here teachers can find tools to plan Geography Awareness Week events, organize geography outreach in their local community, and help students document their experiences.
Design: This Web destination is part of the National Geographic family of sites, so it comes with a certain cache. Everything looks clean and professional, which has obvious advantages. On this small site there isn’t a ton of navigation. Nonetheless, all the navigation links and buttons work properly, and each page loads very quickly.
Review: Slated for the third week of every November, Geography Awareness Week is an annual public awareness program organized by National Geographic Education Programs (NGEP) to encourage students to think and learn about the interconnectedness of our world. The site aims to help teachers achieve this goal by offering a wealth of geography-related resources.
Apart from the Geography Week Toolkit, which is a cover-all resource for teachers, there are terrific ideas for classroom and take-home activities that put an interesting twist on geography lessons. One activity that stands out is the Global Closet Calculator. Students are encouraged to rummage through their closet and see how many different countries are represented on their garment’s labels. Using this information, they then create a virtual map representing the internationalism of their closet.
Bottom Line: If you’re even thinking about doing something for Geography Awareness Week, this should be your first stop.