Tips for Teaching Geography


                                  

Geography and maps can be a beast to teach, especially if like me, your school does not have a set curriculum and you have to gather your own ideas to meet the standards in your state. I've done some leg work for you here to help. Now,  keep in mind that I teach second grade, so my ideas are geared towards grades 1, 2, and 3! Click on any image in this post to find out more about the resources!

Books! 
Use trade books like my favorite book, Me on the Map by Joan Sweeney! There is a new edition out with lovely new illustrations! Make sure you check out many of the  accompanying projects available on  Teachers pay Teachers!



Create Maps
 Create a map of your classroom using this activity from National Geographic!
Source: Winn Brewer

Studying States? try the National Geographic Make a Map project where students in grades 2, 3 and 4 make a tourism map of their state! 
Technology
Use technology like this Make a Map in Google Drive resource from Julie Smith!
Try the free app Scrambled States of America and /or their board game! 


Games

 

Other
The USGS (US Geologic Survey) has tons of activities for all age levels!

Globes

 


Puzzles 

If you're looking for a complete geography unit which would be perfect for grades 2, 3 and 4heck out this Geography and Mapping Unit ! Students will learn about:

  • compass rose
  • cardinal directions
  • how to use a map
  • how to make a map
  • about the seven continents
  • 5+1 oceans (don't forget the Southern Ocean)
  • Major Rivers and Mountain Ranges
  • Where these locations can be found on a world map
  • Important vocabulary

Check out images of all of the activities included below!

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What is your favorite activity or resource for teaching geography? Comment and let us know!



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