Starting November 11 and continuing festivities until November 17, Geography Awareness Week will promote geo-literacy—the understanding of the human and natural systems that comprise the world we live in. For this year’s theme, National Geographic chose interdependence, “the idea that we are all are connected to the rest of the world through the decisions we make on a daily basis, including what foods we eat and the things we buy.”
It's not too late to get your gifted students involved! Use National Geographic's interactive game, the Global Closet Calculator, to teach kids about their global footprint. Lead them through fun activities such as Geography of a Pencil, Interdependence and You, and Combined Impacts. You can also plan an event to bring your whole school or community on board using the toolkit.
For even more resources to create engaging geography lessons, check out the Reading Rockets article Map Making or direct your students to Sheppard Software's Geography Games. Finally, encourage students under 16 to exercise their cartographic creativity by entering the Children's World Map Competition.