Current Events

In The News

Our family discusses current and historical events on a daily basis. Here are some events in the news this week. Use the “further study” topics and links as starting places to conduct your own mini unit studies based on current events topics. Use the additional links and resources at the bottom of the page to search for your own mini unit study topics using current events.

Image Credit – Pablo Trincado

Fires in Chile

Chile Wildfires in Pictures – National Geographic

For further study…

Chile Wikipedia

Learning About Chile

Smokey The Bear

Image Credit – Andrew Swinfield

Tiger Escape in Italy

Tiger Escapes The Circus in Italy

From my understanding the tiger escaped from a Swedish circus travelling in Italy.

For further study…

Italy Wikipedia

Sweden Wikipedia

Bengal Tiger

Italian Family Circus


History of the Circus

Senegal Troops Enter Gambia

Gambian Defeated President Removed

For further study…

The Gambia

The Gambia CIA Factbook

Adama Barrow

Senegal Wikipedia

Senegal CIA Factbook

Image Credit – David Mark

Sharing Faith In Russia

American Missionary Fights to Pray, Read Bible in Putin’s Russia

For further study…

Russia Wikipedia

Vladimir Putin

Russia CIA Factbook

Oryol, Russia

Don Ossewaarde

Kid Friendly News Sites (still use caution) – CNN Student News – KidsPost – Newsround – Time For Kids – Dogonews – Scholastic News – Channel 1 News – Student News Daily – Tween Tribune – The Learning NetworkHere There EverywhereChild Friendly NewsScience News For Students –  Student News Net – Teaching Kids News

This Day In History SitesHistory Channel – Today in History – On This Day – Canada History –


The recent earthquakes and the tsunami warnings have prompted some learning on the fly around our house. We were interested as a family to discover more information.

Our first question was, “What type of earthquake was it?” So we went to Google to discover the answer. There were lots of resources, but this was the most specific.

What type of earthquake hit Chile?

Armed with the above information, we searched for more details about that type of earthquake. Here is a web page that explains the various types of earthquakes.

Plate Tectonics

If you want to take a bit of time and study earthquakes in more detail, you can check out the resources below:

More information about the Chilean earthquake:

Massive earthquake hits Chile, 147 dead

Earthquakes and Tsunami Warnings!

I read yesterday that there had been an earthquake in Japan. I asked Elisha to look it up for me (early this morning) and see if there was any more news. When he looked up the earthquake in Japan, he discovered that there had been an even bigger earthquake in Chile. After breakfast I was looking up more information on the Chilean earthquake only to discover that the B.C. coast under tsunami warning after massive Chilean earthquake. After further reading, I discovered that there were also tsunami warnings for Hawaii, Japan, and even Russia.

If you haven’t heard about the earthquakes and tsunami warnings, you might be interested in the following links with more information:

If you have any resources to add to the list or thoughts to share, please leave a comment.

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