Geography Bundle. Here is a GREAT DEAL on 15 different printable Geography products to help you students enjoy the subject of Geography.
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50 States Bingo
This 50 states review game is designed to help students practice learning the location of the 50 states through the game of BINGO. This review activity allows students the opportunity to practice identifying the location of each state when they hear the name of the state. Multiple games of BINGO can be played such as Four Corners, Large Diamond, Small Diamond, or whatever BINGO game the teacher is familiar with. Even the most reluctant learners enjoy playing this game!
Included in this purchase are two files; one file is set to print to a copy machine stocked with 11x17 inch paper. The other is set to print on 8.5x11 inch paper in case you don't have access to the previous size.
50 States Flash Cards:
Do you have some students who don't know their 50 states? When I have students that aren't very familiar with the location of the 50 states I have them make a set of flashcards to take with them and practice with by placing dot on a state and on the back write the name of the state and the capital.
Provided in this product is:
One sheet of 10 blank United States political maps that can be printed and 5 sheets given to each student.
One sheet of 4 blank United States political maps larger in size for younger students or students who do better with larger material.
One sheet of 2 blank United States political maps that could be laminated and used as a classroom set.
50 States Word Search:
Here is an activity you could have an elementary student use to work on name recognition and spelling of the 50 states. This could also be used as an activity with middle school students as a review for a 50 states names test, fun class competition, or to help students learn the names of the 50 states if they haven't had much exposure to them. I have used this activity in the past after giving a Geography test to keep students occupied during the last 10 minutes of the class period while students who take a little longer on their test can finish without any distractions. Works like a charm every time and I believe any time students are exposed to the names of their states it is a good refresher for them.
Geography Bee Winner and Runner-Up Template:
These Geography Bee Winner and Runner-Up templates are ones that I have used for years with our school Geography Bee. The way that I utilize it is by giving the Geography Bee Winner Award to whoever had the highest score for the class and the Runner-Up Award went to the next 5 highest scores to be able to recognize them for their excellent effort.
First vs. Third World Country Comparison
Many students have usually researched using the CIA World Factbook but have very little knowledge as to what those statistics are actually referring to. In this product you are provided with an 18 slide PowerPoint that explains the following terms that students are most likely to utilize when conducting research on a country:
G.D.P. - Per Capita
Life Expectancy at Birth
Population Below Poverty Line
Debt - External
Infant Mortality Rate
People Living with HIV/Aids
Following an explanation of the terms students can choose one country from the First World Country list and one country from the Third World Country list. Then students will utilize the online CIA World Factbook
by doing a google search or by going to the following site: https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/
Students will spend time researching on the CIA World Factbook and I use this as a teachable moment to save them time. I show students how they could spend a lot of time searching for one of the facts, but if they press Ctrl+F this will pull up the "find" function. They can type one of the key phrases such as "infant" when searching for Infant Mortality Rate and they will be taken directly to that fact.
After conducting their research students then are lead to take that information and turn it into a report with a graph and pictures of their countries as well as organizing their data using the template provided. This is done by hand, but if you have students who are tech savvy this would be a good challenge for them to figure out how to recreate the template using Microsoft Publisher, Microsoft Word, or any other way they can do it. When I give this option it is usually 50/50. Some kids just like doing things by hand.
Finally, students conclude the final stage of their report by analyzing their data and writing a one-page reflection titled "What I've Learned About 1st and 3rd World Countries". Students are encouraged to not just rewrite the information they have found, but to dig deeper and use their analysis to formulate ideas about what the data is saying about each country.
I usually spend 3 days of class time on this. One day of introduction and walking them through the terms, choosing their countries, and introducing them to the Ctrl+F function on the CIA World Factbook. One day for students to research their information and create the first part of their report. One day for them to analyze their data and construct their written reflection.
Hearing students having conversations about the data of the world is quite exciting as a teacher!
Where's the Buried Treasure?
If you are looking for a fun way to get students to practice their latitude and longitude skills while using an atlas then this might be just what you need. Included in this product are 10 latitude and longitude activities where students are given a set of coordinates and each coordinate will lead them to a country. Once they find all the countries they take the first letter of each country and that will spell out the country where the buried treasure is located.
There are a variety of ways to go about this activity such as a friendly daily contest. Each student gets #1 for example, has a pen or pencil in hand and an atlas on their desk. When you say, "3...2...1...GO!" they begin hunting for the treasure using their latitude and longitude skills. The first one to identify all of the countries correctly, thus spelling out the country where the treasure is located wins a prize from you. You could also assign these as a nightly homework assignment for students to practice on their own time or have students work in groups so they can help each other practice their skills with one person finding the latitude and the other finding the longitude.
What I like most about this activity is when I hear students say, "Oh...so that's where Egypt is!" Like I said, it tricks them into learning and tricks them into fine tuning their coordinate skills.
Religions of the World - Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, and Judaism
This Religions of the World packet compares the birth, marriage, and death ceremonies and rituals of five major religions in the word - Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, and Judaism. It is very easy to point out differences in people around the world, but what is it that they have in common?
Included in this packet are:
1. A reading about each religion that focuses on birth, marriage, and death.
2. A K-W-L based on what they know, want to know, and have learned about these religions and their practices
3. A chart for students to fill out highlighting the interesting points of each religion and each ritual
4. A "Making Connections" reflective writing worksheet where students try to tie together commonalities between the different religions
Much of the hatred in the world comes from a lack of understanding. Hopefully this will help make them more knowledgeable and understand different religions better.
This could be done as an individual assignment or as a jigsaw activity where students collaborate and choose a religion then come together and teach each other what they've learned.
An extension activity would be for students to use an atlas and identify which countries in the world have the majority of people practicing one of these different religions.
I hope your students enjoy them!
Geography Vocabulary Magic Squares:
This is a fun way to provide students with the basic vocabulary used in geography and works well to see what terms students know as well as how well they can infer and problem solve.
Included in this worksheet are 16 vocabulary terms:
3rd World Countries
1st World Countries
Students are given a word bank with numbers associated with each term. In a grid are 16 definitions each assigned to their own square. Students read the definition and write the number of the term in the box provided. They know they have them correct when all of the numbers across, vertically, and even diagonally total 34.
Works well as an introductory activity or a great start to the week activity as well.
Africa, Australia, South America, and United States Latitude and Longitude Puzzles:
These are great task for students learning latitude and longitude or as a practice for those who already know latitude and longitude. I have used this type of formative assessment with students for years and have found that when they know that the coordinates will eventually make a shape it helps them to see if they are using the right directions. The puzzles are a set of coordinates that will eventually form the shape of a well-known place. Students will plot the coordinates one at a time, label them in numerical order, and finally connect the dots to hopefully see the shape of a familiar place. It has worked great for my students so I hope yours find the same success. Enjoy!
Africa: 40 coordinates
Australia: 50 coordinates
South America: 50 coordinates
United States: 85 coordinates
50 States Class Competition:
This is an activity I use in my Geography Unit to encourage students to be able to quickly identify each of the 50 states. This challenge is based on accuracy and then by time. The kids love it and it really pushes them to practice! Included in this purchase are instructions for the activity, a numbered states map, answer key, certificate to print off for the winner, and a MS Excel spreadsheet that is already set up for you to use with simple instructions to generate a master list.
This is one of those activities that the kids come back to my room year after year to see if the next wave of students have beaten their old score. Kids love to see if they can beat the teacher in this activity so have fun with it!
32 Point Detailed Compass Rose:
This interactive activity will help you as the teacher know what to say, what to show, and what to have students do to help students better understand the basics of a Compass Rose and even raise them to the level of understanding a complicated 32-point detailed Compass Rose.
Included in this product are 19 pages (with title page) of a script for you as the teacher to say to your students while you are showing them your Compass Rose that you are building; preferably with the use of a document camera, but copying on a whiteboard or chalkboard would work just as well as long as you follow the script.
A worksheet with 10 problems for them to solve using their 16-point Compass Rose is provided with an answer key. Finally, the 32-point Compass Rose can be taught following the script to show them how to get to an even more detailed set of directions using their Compass Rose.
A series of Compass Roses are available in this product as well that can be printed for each student if you feel it would be easier for them to use. They could be put into a packet for students to use. The first consist of the four Cardinal Directions of N, E, S, and W. The second is of the Intercardinal Directions of N, NE, E, SE, S, SW, W, and NW. The third is for the directions N, NNE, NE, ENE, E, ESE, SE, SSE, S, SSW, SW, WSW, W, WNW, NW, and NNW. A fourth template is used to create the 32-point Compass Rose.
Finally a quiz is provided that you can use a formal (Summative) or informal (Formative) assessment to see if your students can accurately label a 32-point Compass Rose when given the entire template with only the label "N" present to give them a starting point of "North."
This has worked very well for my students over the course of my career and I believe that if you do a dry-run through this first so you make sure you understand the 32-point Compass Rose you will see your students rise to the level of understanding you are striving for.
Santa's Christmas Geography
Are you trying to figure out a way to keep students engaged as their energy level is skyrocketing before winter vacation? Here is a great way to keep the theme of Christmas going and giving students an opportunity to reinforce their latitude and longitude skills at the same time.
Included in this activity are the coordinates and names of 25 cities/towns in the United States with Christmas-themed names. Students plot the coordinates on the map provided and identify which state that city/town is in.
An answer key is provided with the locations of the coordinates and you could have a lot of fun with this on the day before vacation! Have class competition, a partner activity, have students use small stickers to plot the points, or whatever you think of to keep them learning and engaged during this time when excitement is high.
I hope you enjoy them all!!
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