Online Educational Resources and Multimedia Content

High-Adventure Science Collection from National Geographic
This collection of lessons is built around the NSF funded High-Adventure Science project—a set of online curriculum modules for middle and high school science classrooms.

The modules utilize computer models and real world data to help students examine contemporary unanswered questions in Earth science—think climate change, the availability of freshwater, land management, and more. Students explore evidence and discuss the issues of certainty—and uncertainty—with the models and data. Each lesson in the collection includes five activities with complete directions for classroom integration, alignment to national standards, and additional resources for student learning.

Visit the High-Adventure Science Collection

The Education and the Environment Initiative (EEI) Curriculum
EEI is California’s groundbreaking, first-in-the nation K-12 environmental education curriculum. It’s California State Board of Education-approved, teaches select California science and history/social science standards and helps support Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards.

Each EEI Curriculum unit contains a combination of teacher, classroom and student components that are chock-full of engaging lessons and informational texts.

Visit the EEI home page here:

From KQED: 20 Videos Exploring Geography
This article identifies resources you may want to use…”Too often, sites with materials for teachers provide multiday lesson plans on relatively narrow topics or require paid subscriptions. PBS LearningMedia provides me with exactly what I need: short, free, and easily accessed materials that I can use to design and enhance my own curricula.

In PBS LearningMedia, educators can conduct a keyword search or browse by subject area and grade level. Here are some links to videos and interactives I’ve discovered so far, organized by AP Human Geography topics. (Editor’s note: These resources could also enhance learning in world history and social studies.)”

Find the list of KQED videos here:

World Geography Lessons
This set of world geography lessons invites students to explore agriculture, cities, oceans, rivers, volcanoes, and other themes.  These lessons are based on geography content standards and were originally written for Year 6 (Grade 6) students, but can be used with higher grades.  They all are hands-on investigations with some core statements of key content.  They all use ArcGIS Online with no log in required.

Find the World Geography Lessons here:

A Curated List of Multimedia Links for Geography Education
These links are not on the CGA website, and will open in a new tab.

Name Subject Type Grade
Map Skills for Elementary Students General Mixed K-6
National Geographic & the Common Core General Mixed All
Hurricanes 101 Climate/Weather Video 8
Carbon & Climate Change in 90 sec. (NASA) Environment & Society Video 10
Videographic: Migration (The Economist) Migration Video 12
Migration of Monarch Butterflies Biology/Ecology Video 9
Greenhouse Gas Emissions in the United States (with Aug. 2018 article update) Environment & Society Video 7-12
Cultural Differences: A Clip from “God Grew Tired of Us” Immigration Video 9
Bison conservation in the West. Environment & Society Video 7
Human Footprint Interactive Environment & Society Interactive Webtool 5
Global Human Journey Migration/Anthro Animation 4
The Economy of a Tent City Refugees Video 9
Living in flooded new orleans Refugees Video 9
Living in the French Quarter Refugees Video 9
Returning to Jefferson Parish Refugees Video 9
The Five Principles of Geography Geography – Basics Video 6
Saving Wild Places in the ‘Anthropocene’ Environment & Society Radio Clip 9
RSA Animate – Crises of Capitalism Global Economy Video 12
Majora Carter: Greening the ghetto Social Issues Video 10
Visualizing US Expansion: 1700 – 1900 Migration Video 7
Animated Thematic Map of the Two Party system in America Politics Video 6
Hans Rosling – 200 years of global change Environment & Society Video 11
American history in 60 seconds Geography – Basics Video 6
The United States – Location, Size and Regions Geography – Basics Video 5
Globalization explained Global Economy Video 9
Visualizing The Edible City in 3 Minutes Food/Agriculture Video 9
Gas Rush Stories “Shorts” (39 videos in link) Environment & Society Video 10