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Celebrate Geography Awareness Week

A World of Geography


To help you celebrate Geography Awareness Week, Education World editors have gathered lessons and articles from the Education World archive. The result is a world of resources that will allow you to celebrate Geography Awareness Week all year long! Included: Links to dozens of geography resources!




Five Times Five: Five Activities for Teaching Geography's Five Themes
Looking for activities to teach the five themes of geography? We've got 25 of them for you! Included: Activities for students at every level!

Go Global With Geography Activities!
Education World offers ten lessons that will inspire students to explore the world! Activities include a class geography bee, plotting the locations of classic children's stories, learning about cities with unusual names, planning road trips for sports teams, and much more!

A "Boring" Lesson in Geography
Learn about a great lesson to motivate and excite your students as you teach them U.S. geography.

Crisscrossing the Country: Scavenger Hunts for Kids of All Ages
Education World challenges students to sharpen their Internet searching skills as they learn about the history and landscape of the United States. These activities -- suitable for a classroom, computer lab, or a rainy day at home -- include scavenger hunts and a plan-a-trip activity!


Each article listed below, from the Education World archives, tells of an engaging teacher-created project that could serve as a guide to help you liven up your geography lessons!

Every School Should Have a Playground Map!
Many kids are learning geography right on their own school playground -- thanks to Ed Bonne, "The Playground Map Guy"!

Read -- and Pedal -- Across America!
Georgia fourth-grade teacher Faye Smith puts a new spin on Read Across America projects! Her PAUSE program, Pedal Across the United States Every day, pairs reading and cycling in an interdisciplinary reading motivator. Included: Ideas for integrating this project across the curriculum!

GeoGame = Geography + Fun
GeoGame, a popular e-mail-based geography project, offers interactive geography projects for students across the grades!

Get Outta Class With Virtual Field Trips
Are your students getting restless? Are they tired of being cooped up in the classroom all day? Take them outside virtually with online field trips to all sorts of places -- from museums to a farm. Then learn how to create your own virtual field trips!

Teachers Explore Antarctica and the Arctic!
Do you have the spirit of adventure? Would you like to work on a groundbreaking research project with top scientists? Have you ever dreamed of going to the North Pole or the South Pole? Learn about a unique program that gives K-12 teachers the opportunity to travel to the ends of Earth to participate in polar research expeditions!

Great Sites for Teaching About Maps
Education World navigates the Web to find some great resources for teaching with -and about -- maps!


The resources below are not general geography lessons. They focus instead on specific countries, states, or geographic features.
  • A River of Lessons!
    In these lessons, students create maps showing famous rivers, study legends about rivers, write their own river legends, and much more!
  • The Mighty Mississippi
    These ten activities demonstrate the physical, social, political, and economic power of the Mississippi River.
  • Australia: Lessons About the 'Land Down Under'!
    Activities at this site involve students in using maps, creating an ABC picture book of Australian animals, preparing Australian foods, and much more!
  • An Ocean of Activities!
    Surf's up in these ten lessons offering students the opportunity to explore oceans -- the largest bodies of water on Earth!
  • Volcanoes: Nature's Explosive Spectacles!
    Bring alive the drama of volcanoes with ten lessons designed to capture students' interest and extend their learning.


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Last Updated: 10/30/2014