National Geographic Society

Connect with the Home Page for the overall National Geographic website. Shows current topics and provides a dropdown menu for further exploration of their resources.

Education Program

Education tab link, providing additional pages to Teaching Resources, Reference material, Mapping, Programs, Blogs and Explorer Magazine

Teaching Resources

Teaching resources are designed in a modular system of activities, lessons and units

  • Activities are designed to be completed in one class period
  • Lessons contain a collection of activities and can fill up to a week of class time
  • Units are collections of lessons and are designed for longer periods of time.

Also included in the Teaching Resource menu are Educator Guides, and Interactive Games.


There are over 400 activities which can be filtered for Grade, Type and Subject.  Grade levels are grouped in for Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten – 2nd, 3rd – 5th, 6th – 8th, 9th – 12th and Post-Secondary students.  Under the Type tab, access is provided for related articles, documents and images.  Subjects include Biological Life and Life Sciences, Biology, Current Events, Earth Science, Ecology, General Science, Human Geography, Oceanography, Physical Geography, and Physical Sciences.


There are over 35 lessons, containing 3-5 activities each for Grades K-12, and Post-Secondary students.  In addition to the Subject list for Activities, additional subjects include Applied Mathematics, Astronomy, Audio-Visual Equipment, Engineering, Human Behavior, Human Relations, Meteorology, Reading Space Sciences, and World History.  Each lesson provides the teacher with Objectives, Teaching Approach, Teaching Method, Skill Summaries and Connections to National Standards, Principles, and Practices.


There are currently 4 Units available.  Unit titles are Marine Ecology, Human Impacts, & Conservation, Beyond Borders, Ring of Darhad: Mongolia Wolverine Expedition, and Landscape Investigation Guidelines.  Units consist of several lessons, each with multiple activities.  Objectives, Teaching Approach, Teaching Method, and Skill Summaries, are available for each lesson within the unit.  Also available for lessons are Connections to National Standards, Principles, and Practices.

The Geo-Inquiry Process

This link will open at three downloads for Educator Resources that support implementing the Geo-Inquiry Process into the classroom:

  • Educator Guide
  • Student Resource Packet
  • Geo-Inquiry Poster

Reference and News

This section provides educators with information about “This Month/Day in Geographic History” and Current Events; and Reference materials including an Encyclopedia, Articles, Media and a Map Library.

The Encyclopedia, Articles and Media may filtered by grade level.  There are over 675 downloadable and interactive maps in the Map Library, spatially representing content in the following subjects:  Cartography, Geology, Earth Science, Environment, Geographic Information Systems, Human Geography, Physical Geography, Science, Social Studies, State History, United States History, and World History.


Dropdown menu provides links to access Mapmaker Interactive, Mapmaker Kits, 1-Page Maps, State Tabletop Maps, GeoStories, Map Games, and Map Skills.  GeoStories combine interactive maps, media, and narrative.  Map Games provide interactive games to facilitate learning in educational settings.  The collection includes Science and Engineering games. The Map Skills section specifically provides content devoted to Mapping Concepts and Spatial Thinking Skills for Elementary grades.

National Geographic Kids

National Geographic Kids Menu:

  • Home – Section of interesting topics to wet the appetite for exploration.
  • Videos – Extensive list of short videos about Places, Animals, History and Culture, Fun Science and more!
  • Games – Action, Adventure, Animals, Geography, Puzzles, Quizzes and much more!
  • Animals – Reptile, Mammal, Invertebrate, Fish, Insects, Birds, Dinosaurs and Prehistoric.
  • My Shot – Children become a member and get parent permission to upload their own photos.
  • Badge Zone – Badges are achievements that you earn for being active on the Nat Geo Kids website.
  • Animal Jam – Travel to the land of Jamaa to play games, meet new friends, and explore distant lands, all while learning cool stuff about animals, plants, habitats, and more.
  • Homework Help – We’ve got the homework help tools to help students succeed.
  • Interactive Map – Students can click on individual countries to learn about their Geography, People and Culture, Nature, History and Fast Facts.



Explore the World: Using the Interactive World Map, students can click on individual countries to learn about their Geography, People and Culture, Nature, History and Fast Facts

Virtual Road Trip to all 50 States:  Fast Facts, History, Flag, Geography, Landforms, Wildlife, Natural Resources, Fun Stuff

Photo Ark in the Classroom

Use the resources on this page to teach about the amazing animals in the Photo Ark, highlight the importance of storytelling in conservation, and empower students to spread the word about species extinction.


National Geographic Educational Programs provide educational and supportive experiences to both students and teachers. Student programs include:

  • BioBlitz: Find and identify as many species as possible in a specific area over a short period of time.
  • Explorer Classroom: Explorer Classroom sessions let students interact live with scientists, conservationists, and explorers around the globe via virtual expedition
  • Giant Traveling Maps: Giant Traveling Maps are oversized vinyl floor maps. They are the largest maps ever produced by National Geographic and require a school gym or large room for use. Each map is accompanied by a set of activities and materials. The map is in one piece, and requires no assembly.  Maps are available for all 50 states and Washington DC and are requested through the Alliance in your state.
  • National Geographic Bee: The National Geographic Bee is an annual competition organized by the National Geographic Society, designed to inspire and reward students’ curiosity about the world. Students from 10,000 schools across the United States are competing in the 2017 National Geographic Bee

 National Geographic Latest Stories – changes regularly