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November 20, 2000

A World of Geography

Places to go, explore and discover!

Take your class on a field trip to The Mighty Mississippi, the Great Wall of China, the Egyptian Pyramids and thousands of other places ... on the Internet! Education World maps the way to great resources for Geography!

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  • Go Global With Geography Activities!
    November 12 to 18, 2000 is National Geography Awareness Week. This week, Education 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 childrens stories, learn about cities with unusual names, plot road trips for sports teams, and much more!

  • Great Sites for Teaching About... Maps
    Each week, Education World's Great Sites for Teaching About page highlights Web sites to help educators work timely themes into their lessons. This week's sites are among the best on the Web for teaching about maps.

  • 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! Included: Links to activities inspired by the teachers polar experiences and information on how *you* might join the next expedition!

  • Kids Can Explore the World With Four Great New Books
    For National Geography Awareness Week, Education World has found four great new books for elementary school children. Two atlases from National Geographic Society target different age and skill levels. A picture book makes mapmaking easy and relevant for kids. A pop-up book provides hands-on entertainment while introducing the basics about the world in which we live.

  • Africa: Cradle of Civilization
    This ThinkQuest site traces the evolution of Africa from "the beginnings of humanity to the rise and fall of its great civilizations."

Past Geography Theme Page:

  • Education World Celebrates Geography Awareness Week
    Pack your bags! It's time to celebrate Geography Awareness Week, November 15-21! This week, Education World starts the GAW '98 ball rolling with several geography-themed stories. Be sure to take a look if you're looking for great geography lessons, searching the Web for its best map resources, or looking for a great atlas to add to your class library. Also listed below are a few stories from the Education World archives that will be of special interest.-- 11/16/1998

From the Education World Archives:

  • Australia: Lessons About the 'Land Down Under'
    G'day mate! This week, learn about the "land down under" as Education World offers nine lessons about the continent of Australia. Included: Activities to involve students in using maps, creating an ABC picture book of Australian animals, preparing Australian foods, and much more!
  • Great Sites for Teaching About... Australia
    Education World's Great Sites for Teaching About... page highlights Web sites to help educators work timely themes into their lessons. Internet educator Walter McKenzie selected the ten sites listed here, which are among the best on the Web for teaching about Australia.
  • The Mighty Mississippi
    In 1986, Congress designated the Upper Mississippi River System as both a nationally significant ecosystem and a nationally significant navigation system. Help your students discover the history, geography, and significance of this incredible natural resource.
  • Great Sites for Teaching About... The Mississippi and Other Great Rivers
    Education World's Great Sites for Teaching About... page highlights Web sites to help educators work timely themes into their lessons. Internet educator Walter McKenzie selected the ten sites listed here, which are among the best on the Web for teaching about the Mississippi and other great rivers.
  • Five Times Five: Five Activities for Teaching Geography's Five Themes
    Looking for activities to teach the five themes of geography? We've got them for you -- 25 of them! Activities for students at every level!
  • Explore the World -- Virtually!
    What did your students do on their vacation? Probably nothing as exciting as the adventures they can embark on right in their own classroom! Even better -- there will be no sandy clothing, insect bites, sunburns, or lost luggage on these trips. Where are they going? Anywhere in the world -- with just the click of a mouse. Check out these online adventures. Then grab your students and hop aboard!
  • Take A Virtual Trip to Antarctica
    Take a cool Internet tour of Antarctica in the warmth of the classroom. Included: Fifteen Antarctica teaching activities for across the grades and across the curriculum.
  • GeoGame = Geography + Fun
    GeoGame is a popular email-based geography project enjoyed by teachers and students alike. Now it is unveiling an online Web version with easier access and continuous play! Are you up to the challenge? Included: Interactive geography projects across the grades!
  • "Explore the World! Geography Takes You Places"
    National Geographic explorers, writers, and photographers have taken millions of readers on scientific and historic adventures to thousands of places around the globe. Use these easily implemented and high-interest activities to motivate your students to explore their world and to celebrate geography!
  • A "Boring" Lesson in Geography
    Here is a lesson that will motivate and excite your students while teaching U.S. geography.
  • National Geographic Introduces World Atlas for Young Explorers
    The National Geographic World Atlas for Young Explorers is a perfect companion for students of all ages! Included: Education World offers a dozen quick "geography awareness" activities to use with the new atlas!
  • Student Sleuths Solve Geography Mysteries!
    Get out the atlases, encyclopedias, and maps -- and let your students "go to town" with world geography! World Geography Mysteries, from The Learning Works, will turn your students into junior geographers. Included: Sample activities to share with students!
  • China: An Ancient Country in a Modern World
    Introduce your students to the history and culture of China and its people.
  • Happy Anniversary, Hawaii! -- 40 Ways to Teach the 50th State
    Take a tour of this exotic state, examine its wildlife, creep to the volcano's edge, and discover the wealth of culture and diversity that isolation can bring.
  • Great Sites for Teaching about...Hawaii
    Some of the best sites on the Web for teaching about Hawaii.
  • Great Sites for Teaching about...Hawaii, Part 2
    Some of the best sites on the Web for teaching about the history of Hawaii.
  • Happy Birthday, Alaska!
    Explore a wealth of excellent Alaska resources on this virtual tour.
  • Great Sites for Teaching about...Our National Parks
    Some of the best sites on the Web for teaching about our national parks.
  • National Geographic Introduces Two New Atlases -- Activities Too!
    he National Geographic Beginner's World Atlas and the National Geographic United States Atlas for Young Explorers are the latest in a children's series launched by the Society in 1998.

Related Resources From Education World:

  • Africa Focus: Sights and Sounds of a Continent
    This site focuses on all aspects of the African continent.
  • Ancient Egypt: Lesson Plans for Teachers
    Cross-curricular lesson plans for teaching about ancient Egypt.
  • Geographia
    The site houses articles and stories about places around the world. The material is presented as part travel agency and part explorer.
  • Geography Place
    Geography Place is a fun site that uses interactive maps, games, and quizzes to teach about world geography.
  • GOALS -- Global Online Adventure Learning Site
    This site is a collection of real-life adventures, and students get to go along for the virtual trip.
  • National Geographic Society Xpeditions
    Wow! But what else would you expect from National Geographic? This site is a geography teacher's dream that kids will want to stay in from recess to explore. The site includes an atlas, forums, an Xpedition hall, and an archive of materials supporting the U.S. National Geography Standards.
  • NetWorld Game
    The NetWorld Game is an Internet global simulation game in which a player takes charge of a major geographic region and learns how to protect its interests while working with other leaders to help move the world into the 21st century!
  • U.S. Geological Survey
    Research on the geological structure of public lands in the United States.
  • The WorldWatcher Project
    The WorldWatcher Project is an awesome science and geography education site that includes the revolutionary (and downloadable) WorldWatcher scientific visualization environment software. Students engage in inquiry-based learning, exploring, creating, and analyzing scientific data. On-line curriculum units are also available.
  • Virtual Field Trips and Tours
    This Web site has links to sites that offer online tours of museums, geographic locations, art galleries and libraries.
  • Odyssey in Egypt
    This is the information that was accumulated from an online, interactive archaeological dig in Egypt.

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    Search our education database resources for information on Geography.