Quick Links to Geography Lesson Plans and Activities
[this list of links is available an information sheet that comes in the Practical Homeschooling: Geography booklet you can soon buy from Always Learning Books]
- Mapping a Garden to learn the basics of map making
- The Ancient World learn about the migration of people in ancient times
- Creating a Travel Brochure - Students create a travel brochure for visiting China. Includes a printable outine to help students plan their project. Easily adaptable for any country or state
- Postcards: Discover America Through Postcards Travel along with a husband and wife in their RV. Receive daily postcards via email or start your own homeschool postcard club!
- Secret Agents Understanding simple geographic tools; locations and characteristics of places and regions.
- Create a Country: Students apply geography skills to create a map of an imaginary country.
- Flat Stanley - its based on the book. You send off flat stanleys to schools or addresses around the US. They stay for a visit and return with a journal explaining the events of the stay-- the neat part is, these host states can include information, brochures, pictures...
- Global Economy: A Simple Activity
Encourage students to discover how we rely on our global neighbors by collecting data about where in the world the goods we use every day are produced.
- Comparing Countries
A graphic organizer helps students compare and contrast two neighboring countries.
- Memorable Maps
This "memorable maps" lesson provides students with a visual record of just how much they will learn about geography this year!
- Global Balloons learn about longitude and latitude
- Geography of Pizza (yrs 8-12) To describe a pattern of spatial organization, you must first break the pattern into its simplest components: points, lines, and areas. This lesson uses a local service business-pizza restaurants-to introduce these components to students.
- Continents and Oceans - A printable word search puzzle of the continents and oceans names
- Who Sliced this Pie - A lesson plan for a simulation activity that teaches students about the distribution of the Earths resources and population
- Earth at Night
Students use maps to identify the ten cities highlighted on an image of Earth at night as seen from space.
- License Plate Checklist More family fun while traveling -- bring along this pictorial checklist and see how many state's plates you spot!
- Culture Boxes: this activity will help you identify features of your own culture
- A Message in a Bottle create an imaginary tale of travel and adventure
- Our World - My Own Island - How are They Connected - A complete instructional unit with printable activities and assessment rubrics. Students participate in a simulation activity by designing an island, and learn basic geography skills
- Monkey Map As they invent a story and find a route to a stolen simian, students will go ape for this mapping activity!
- The Seven Continents learn the song - makes remembering the continents easy!
- Where In The World using the media to kickstart conversations about geography
- GeoPictionary - Directions for a pictionary type game with geographic places and terms to draw and identify
- Travel Brochure - Students create an itinerary and brochure of five different countries. A checklist for the project and related web links are provided
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