Tucked inside Google Earth is a geography quiz created in partnership with Atlas Obscura. The Natural Wonders Quiz is a multiple-choice challenge that asks students to identify special locations around the world. The challenge takes students to some of the most beautiful—and intriguing—places on the planet. The questions and the locales are a blend of history and geography. To travel to the locations, students click on the blue Let’s Go button and hit a spot on the blue orb of Google Earth. Then jumping to the specific spot on the 3D globe, they can explore the location further. They can go from cool ice caves in Alaska to the blazing salt mines of Ethiopia—all the while learning about geographical features and discovering captivating legends. The first edition of the quiz has seven questions. Google Earth will continue to update the quizzes with other themes.
Finding the right words to discuss race and racism with children can be challenging, but images can help. An article written by members of the Youth and Families team in the Art Institute of Chicago offers ideas about how to use picture books and artworks to talk about race and affirm children’s identities.
Filmmaker Ken Burns’s website, UNUM, is a new way to explore American history through scenes selected from across more than 40 documentaries. Visitors to the site can explore stories and topics by Themes, Events, People, Wars, and Time, as well as by AP US History Themes. For example, the UNUM short film “The Mythology of Monuments” explores what role monuments play in our culture.
Visitors to the American Writers Museum’s website will learn about the life and work of Frederick Douglass in the museum’s newest virtual exhibit, Frederick Douglass: Agitator. They will see how Douglass’s words remain far too relevant today and why now is as important as ever to, as Douglass said, “Agitate! Agitate! Agitate!”