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Gail Skroback Hennessey taught for over 33 years, teaching sixth grade in all but two years. She earned a BA in early secondary education with a concentration in social studies and an MST in social...
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Geography Ideas to use in the Classroom

Young people need to know about the world in which they live. Here are some activities to use with your students to encourage geography awareness? Perhaps~ you will find these of value to use with your students.
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1. My students enjoyed doing this short map safaris to solve a secret message:
Find the answer to the following geographic puzzler. Then~ place the first letter of the word in the proper space below to solve the geographic message.
A. The world's largest desert is 3.5 million sq. miles in size and is found in Morocco~ Egypt~ Libya~ Tunisia ~ Algeria and other nations of Africa: ____________(5)
B. The world's largest waterfall is found in Venezuela and is 3212 ft. high:____________________ (1)
C. The world's longest mountain range is found in South America. It is about 5000 miles long:______________(4)
D. This is a famous cave in southwestern France where wonderful cave paintings have been found: _____________ (3)
E. The world's highest navigable lake is found in the South American country of Peru. It is about 12~500 ft. above sea level:______________(2)
ANSWER: 1._____________2.______________3._______________4._____________5.__________

I've developed a number of other secret messages that you might find of use with your students and have posted them at my website:

3. Education World has another activity: Where in the World is Mrs. Waffenschmidt?

4. Education World has also published another of my activities: Geography Safaris A-Z :

5. Additionally~ here are some other activities to use with your students to foster geography which I developed for Scholastic's Instructor Magazine: