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OCTOBER 2008 NEWSLETTER
Political campaigns are upon us! And there's no better geographer than a politician. To get elected, politicians must know their district/state boundaries and its demographics, cultural makeup, and religious orientation (more like orientations); and they must deeply grasp its local businesses—and the local effects from the global economy. The same applies for topics from environment to immigration and more. It's a great time to talk with kids about these geo-issues as the news is dominated by elections.

And don't forget that next month the U.S. celebrates Geography Awareness Week. Look for activities and great resources every day, from Monday–Friday, November 17–21.

--Christopher Shearer, Director, My Wonderful World
Map Your Neighborhood
October is here and My Wonderful World (MWW) is ready to bewitch you with tips to get your trick-or-treaters thinking geographically. Before romping about your costume-clad community, consider creating a map with your kids that marks the goodie path through your neighborhood. Where are the houses that pass out the best candy? Where is your friend's Halloween party? Which road are you not allowed to cross without Mom or Dad? Check out this map* our intern brewed up for our own trick-or-treat from National Geographic Headquarters in Washington, D.C. (*KMZ files require free Google Earth or ArcGIS Explorer). Be safe and have fun!
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Goldman Sachs International Education Prize Competition
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Photo: sidebarTiger sharks and Hawaiian monk seals are fierce predators that have coexisted for millennia. But now something is awry. Join National Geographic Emerging Explorer Dr. Enric Sala and Argonaut Ada Hernandez to investigate why tiger sharks appear to be thriving while the seals are endangered. JASON's first three-dimensional computer game is now online in the JASON Mission Center at Operation: Resilient Planet. Log in and register to play the first mission—and keep checking back as we add more!
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Peace Corps Correspondence Match
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Take Action
Photo:Prepare for Geography Awareness Week: November 16–22
Get geared up for Geography Awareness Week! Plan to host or attend an event during the week, November 16-22. Check out the new Geography Action! website for resources. This year, the Geography Action! program is celebrating the Americas. Download the FREE Geography Action! Mapping the Americas toolkit for fun activities, maps, and tips for planning events in schools. Also debuting are resources for past Geography Action! themes, including rivers, public lands, migration, habitats, cultures, conservation, Asia, and Africa. Don't miss out on all the great lessons and activities you can do during Geography Awareness Week.
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Take Action
Photo:Election 101
Learn more election basics and information about the candidates from CNN's election site. Also, check out teaching resources from C-SPAN® for the upcoming election and play with the 2008 interactive electoral map. Find out the electoral college voting patterns for every election since George Washington's and a "live" simulation of the 2008 election, based on current polling.
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Take Action
Jan Harp Domene, president of coalition partner the National Parent Teacher Association (PTA), identifies the current election season as an opportunity to make the case for expanding geographic education offerings nationwide, and highlights the PTA's efforts to get students involved in learning about civics and geopolitical issues. Read more on the MWW blog.
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