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Geography Educational Resources

Updated: Sep 10


The current environment means that nearly every child in the world is schooling from home. I shared many of my family's favorite geography educational resources at the 2017 annual meeting of the North American Cartographic Information Society (NACIS). I have also presented geographic topics at homeschool conferences for both teens (How Maps Lie; Maps and the Scriptures) and adults (Without Geography, You're Nowhere). Those presentations are filled with resources and information, and I wanted to encapsulate some of our favorites here.


Have geography resources you love? Let me know, and I will add it!


(Full disclosure: I provide links to Amazon as an aide to you, and as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. Many of these can be obtained through other sources, such as your local library!)


Computer Resources

Printable Maps

Map Exploration and Games

  • Google Maps Our children spend hours exploring the earth with Google Maps. They've even taken their own virtual road trips using StreetView.

  • Google Earth Google now has a web-based Google Earth platform that includes games as well as a desktop platform that has increased functionality. I love the aerial imagery time slider. You can see what your neighborhood looked like decades ago!

  • Geoguessr This is a web-based game where you are dropped into a Google StreetView scene and you have to use context clues to guess where you are. The closer you are, the more points you get.

  • The True Size Of... An fun exploratory website to help understand the some map projections distort area. You can highlight a state or country and move it around the world to see how it compares in size to other places.


Books

Hard-Copy Maps and Atlases

Books

Games

  • USA board puzzle (if you can find it, I highly recommend Ryan’s Room USA Map Puzzle)

  • World map puzzle

  • Map jigsaw puzzles (for example, this illustrated world puzzle)

  • Scrambled States of America (card game that goes along with the book)

  • Global Pursuit (old National Geographic board game)

  • Five-State Rummy (School Zone Publishing)

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