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SEPTEMBER 2008 NEWSLETTER
It's time to go back to school! And, of course, that means it is time to get more geography into school. We've made it easy for you with Top Ten lists specially designed for the home, the classroom, and even the PTA meeting. Check them out. Oh, and a special thanks to all of you on Facebook—in response to last month's newsletter, you doubled the number of My Wonderful World's Facebook "fans." Have a great year!

Christopher Shearer, Director, My Wonderful World
Go Global This School Year
Photo:Are you ready to "go global" this school year? Parents, check out the Top Ten Ways to Give Your Kids the World, and talk about it over dinner with your kids. Educators, there's a Top Ten for you, too, so share it with your faculty as you kick off the year. And with the PTA kit, parents and teachers can work together to find ways to expand geographic education across the curriculum and into after-school programs. For other ideas and activities designed to kick off a globally minded school year, visit mywonderfulworld.org.
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World Animal Day
Photo: sidebarCelebrate World Animal Day this September and October at your local zoo with National Geographic Kids and Fisher-Price®. Join us for a fun-filled day of activities for the whole family to celebrate your favorite animals, including photography workshops for kids 3–8 (led by a real National Geographic photographer!), animal photo-safari activity, make-and-take crafts, Mama Mirabelle screenings, music-and-movement classes, cake celebration, prizes, and more.
2009 National Geographic Bee Registration
Photo: sidebarDoes your school have the geography buzz? Principals can register their schools for the Bee by clicking here. The winners of state Bees compete in the national finals in Washington, D.C., in late May.
JASON Resilient Planet
Photo: sidebarThe JASON Project's new ecology curriculum is here! Operation: Resilient Planet puts students on a mission to investigate the health of our environment and discover how to protect our planet's ecosystems. Students will visit some of Earth's most diverse ecosystems to uncover the mysteries of our planet—side by side with host researchers such as Bob Ballard and Sylvia Earle. Learn more.
NCGE
Photo: sidebarThe National Council for Geographic Education (NCGE) annual conference will be in Dearborn, Michigan, from October 9–12, 2008. Find the latest research, resources, and best practices for developing geographically prepared students.

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Take Action
Photo:iEarn Global Projects
Browse iEARN's (International Education and Resource Network) 300 collaborative projects that connect youths around the world. Find projects focused on geography, history, creative arts and languages, math, and science. iEARN global projects are adaptable to school and state standards and to classroom curricula. Teachers and students can explore the world together!
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Photo:2008 Hurricane Season
It's hurricane season! An August 7 report issued by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) confirmed that 2008 is shaping up to be a doozy. Early-season activity, coupled with other climatic indicators, led NOAA to predict an 85% probability that we will see an above-normal Atlantic hurricane season. Learn more about the factors affecting storm conditions, the difference in Category 1–5 hurricanes, naming tropical storms and cyclones (it has to do with geography!), and more with the National Weather Service Climate Predictor and the Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Research Laboratory's Hurricane Division. Then, read our blog article to discover how 4-H students and social networkers are using technology to map evacuation plans, providing an invaluable service to their communities.
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Our second My Wonderful World guest blogger, Silvia Tolisano, a native of Argentina and now Technology Integration Facilitator at San José Episcopal Day School in Jacksonville, Florida, describes how she uses Web 2.0 technology and a lovable teddy bear named José to bring the world—and 21st-century learning—to her students. Read up on Silvia's travels to China, and get psyched to hear more from Silvia on the blog when she travels to Costa Rica and Peru this month.
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