Our Human Story
Our Human Story
This set of classroom ideas uses resources from National Geographic Explorer Paul Salopek's Out of Eden Walk and offers opportunities for students to become active participants in their learning through storytelling.
5 - 8
This set of classroom ideas crosscuts areas of study from ancient civilizations to world geography and offers opportunities for students to become active participants in their learning through storytelling. Many of them use resources from the Out of Eden Walk, journalist and National Geographic Fellow Paul Salopek's 33,796 km (21,000 mile) journey around the world. Watch this video to hear Paul describe why he is walking, and access more free resources for engaging your classroom in the walk from our education partners: Project Zero at Harvard University and the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.
Exploring and Documenting Places
Have students find their home in Google Earth, view it in Street View, and share three things about what they notice in the image with a partner or in a small group. Then have each student or student group visit one of the following three cities and drop into Street View at a spot within the city that they choose: Quito, Ecuador; Accra, Ghana; Bangkok, Thailand. Students should identify, list, and share five interesting things they observe in the image. It might be something similar to or different from their own home or just an interesting feature such as a type of shop or sign. Next, have students view journalist Paul Salopek’s Milestones that he takes every 161 km (100 miles) on his walk. Have students create their own milestones from somewhere on the school campus or from their neighborhood or community to share with the class.
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James Allen, Jessica Bean, Peter Cameron, Joel Charlebois, Charles Dabritz, Merinda Davis, Shiona Drummer, Andrette Duncan, Lise Galuga, Nicholas Gattis, Amanda Hensley, Melissa Hero, Rosalinda Jaimes, Brynn Johnson, Katherine Kauffman, Peg Keiner, Natalia LeMoyne, Joseph (Joe) Levine, Paul McAllister, Emily McAllister, Kelly McCarthy, Alvera McMillan, Michael Middleton, Pradip Misra, Raven Moore, Breanna Myles, Michele Osinski, Judith Painter, Ellie Reitz, Jeff Richardson, Rebekah Rottenberg, Terri Sallee, William (Bill) Scales, Afzal Shaikh, Miroslava Silva-Ordaz, Samantha Sinding, Dana Tatlock, Martha Thornburgh, Jessica Walsh, Brooke Whitlow, Josh Williams, Layne Zimmers.
September 14, 2023
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