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Go Global With Geography Activities

Share Lesson Planning ChannelEducation World offers ten lessons that will inspire students to explore the world! Included: Activities that have students participate in a class geography bee, plot the locations of classic children's stories, learn about cities with unusual names, plot road trips for sports teams, and much more!

Since 1987, the National Geographic Society has sponsored National Geography Awareness Week to encourage geographic literacy in schools, communities, and organizations. Check the Geographic Alliance Network for links to geography week activities, plus geography programs, workshops, mentoring opportunities, field trips, and grant information in your state.

Get your school involved in geography by trying out for the National Geographic Bee! The top prize is a $25,000 college scholarship.

Launch your students' geographic journeys around the globe with these ten lessons from Education World! We have provided brief descriptions for each lesson. Click the headline for a complete teaching resource.

Geography Bee
Hold a classroom geography bee.
(Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12)

A Month of Mapping Literature
Take your students on a world tour with literature.
(Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12)

Then and Now
Students compare and contrast historic and current street maps of your local area.
(Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12)

Name That State
Students guess the names of U.S. states from mystery clues.
(Grades 3-5, 6-8)

What's in a Name?
Students use clues to identify cities in the United States with unusual names and plot them on a map.
(Grades 3-5, 6-8)

Map Your Favorite Sports Team's Next Road Trip
Students track a professional sports team across the country.
(Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12)

Piecing It Together
Students use clues found in tiny pieces of a large map to determine the state that each piece is part of.
(Grades 3-5, 6-8)

Postmark U.S.A.
Help students collect postmarks from across the United States.
(Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8)

Create a Globe
Students create globes using balloons, papier mch, and other common materials.
(Grades 3-5)

Made in ...
Students plot on a world map where items of clothing were made.
(Grades 3-5)

Lois Lewis
Education World®
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Originally published 11/20/2000
Last updated 10/29/2014