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GEOGRAPHY SITES

All Kinds of Geography Activities from Brad Bowerman - over 40 categories - Geography World
   http://geographyworldonline.com/

Antarctica Lesson Plans from Global Classroom
   http://www.globalclassroom.org/antarc33.html
   More Antarctica - http://www.kathimitchell.com/glaciers.htm#Antarctica

Canada for Kids - http://www.kathimitchell.com/Canada/canada.htm

Cartography Links from Cynthia Lanius at Rice
   http://math.rice.edu/~lanius/pres/map/mapres.html

Census Bureau - population information, educational materials, and maps
   http://www.census.gov
    US Gazetteer -
http://www.census.gov/cgi-bin/gazetteer

CIA World Factbook
  
https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/index.html

     CIA Geography for Kids
         
https://www.cia.gov/kids-page/index.html

Country info from ProTeacher - lesson plans and sites for teachers
    http://www.proteacher.com/090029.shtml

Country Studies from the Library of Congress
   
http://lcweb2.loc.gov/frd/cs/cshome.html

USGS Education for kids - http://education.usgs.gov/primary.html
                              http://education.usgs.gov/secondary.html
    Cut and Paste Paper Models of landslides, eathquakes, volcanoes, and more from USGS
   
http://web.archive.org/web/20071012093438/http:/interactive2.usgs.gov/learningweb/teachers/paper_models.htm

Country Reports with info about countries
    http://www.countryreports.org/

Explore the 50 States
    http://www.americaslibrary.gov/cgi-bin/page.cgi/es

Facts of the World from Karin McVicar
     http://freespace.virgin.net/karin.mcvicar/world_facts.html

FactMonster from Learning Network - highest, lowest etc.
    http://www.factmonster.com/ipka/A0770092.html

The Five Themes of Geography - what are they and what do they mean?
  
 http://geography.about.com/od/teachgeography/a/5themes.htm
    http://www.funsocialstudies.learninghaven.com/articles/fivethemes.htm
    http://geography.mrdonn.org/5themes-definitions.html
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/5_Themes_of_Geography

    http://www.ehow.com/info_8181584_5-themes-geography-lesson-plans.html
    http://www.educationworld.com/a_lesson/lesson/lesson071.shtml
    http://www.csustan.edu/teachered/facultystaff/betts/handouts/pdfs/five%20themes%20of%20geography.pdf
           

      Powerpoint Presentations - http://geography.pppst.com/5themes.html

Gateway to Astronaut Photography
    http://eol.jsc.nasa.gov/sseop/clickmap/
    JSC Digital Image Collection - http://images.jsc.nasa.gov/luceneweb/about.jsp

Geographia
    http://www.geographia.com/

Geographic Superlatives - the highest, longest, tallest geographic records
    http://geography-site.co.uk/pages/fun/Superlatives.html
   

Geography 4Kids - http://www.geography4kids.com/

Geography FAQ - http://geography.about.com/library/faq/blqzindex.htm

Geography Exchange Resource Centre - earthquakes, plate tectonics, volcanoes, glaciers
   
http://www.geography-site.co.uk/

Geography sites from about.geography
    http://geography.about.com/science/geography/

 National Council for Geographic Education - http://www.ncge.org/Resources
      Standards

 National Geographic
    http://www.nationalgeographic.com
   My Wonderful World for Educators
      http://www.mywonderfulworld.org/educators_welcome.html
   Education - http://education.nationalgeographic.com/education/?ar_a=1
   Lesson plans - http://www.nationalgeographic.com/xpeditions/
   National Geographic for Kids
     
http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/
   Animals and Nature from National Geographic - Fun Facts and pictures
     http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/

Social Studies for Kids - Geography -
   http://www.socialstudiesforkids.com/subjects/geography.htm

Space.com image gallery

   http://www.space.com/php/multimedia/imagegallery/

United Nations CyberSchool Bus
   http://cyberschoolbus.un.org/
   More quizzes

World Monuments Map - http://www.yourchildlearns.com/monuments.htm
     MegaMaps -
http://www.yourchildlearns.com/megamaps.htm 
     Other maps - http://www.yourchildlearns.com/geography.htm
     Asia Interactive Map - http://www.yourchildlearns.com/asia_map.htm
     Owl and Mouse games and activities - http://www.yourchildlearns.com/owlmouse.htm

Biomes:

Biomes of the World - pictures and information about biomes from Linda Freeman
Biomes sites on the Internet - find out about taigas and rainforests
  http://geographyworldonline.com/ecosystems.html
Major Biomes of the World -
  https://php.radford.edu/~swoodwar/biomes/
Biomes of the World - rainforest, tundra, taiga, desert, temperate, grasslands
  http://mbgnet.mobot.org/sets/index.htm
More Biomes of the World from Berkeley
  http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/glossary/gloss5/biome/index.html
World Biomes - http://www.worldbiomes.com/
World Biomes - http://www.blueplanetbiomes.org/world_biomes.htm
Biomes of the World - http://www.teachersfirst.com/lessons/biomes/
World Biomes text from University of Puget Sound - rationale and characteristics

From Katahdin to the Sea - streams, ponds, aquifers etc. Gulf of Maine
http://octopus.gma.org/katahdin/index.html

Earth's Water from USGS
http://ga.water.usgs.gov/edu/mearth.html

Surfing the Net with Kids - Geography Games including Geo-Globe, GeoBee Challenge, 
Geography Place and more
http://www.surfnetkids.com/geogames.htm

Islands:

Islands Information - superlatives and other lists from Joshua Calder
    http://www.worldislandinfo.com/
More Islands of the World information from worldatlas.com
    http://www.graphicmaps.com/webimage/countrys/io.htm
Lost Islands of the World
    http://www.factmonster.com/spot/desertisland1.html

Oceans:

Questions about Oceans - http://www.mbgnet.net/salt/oceans/index.htm
Coral Reefs -
http://www.mbgnet.net/salt/coral/indexfr.htm
Beaches, Estuaries, and Mud Flats -
http://www.mbgnet.net/salt/sandy/indexfr.htm
Oceans Alive from the Boston Museum of Science
    http://www.mos.org/oceans/index.html
Kids' Page on Oceans from the EPA
    http://www.epa.gov/OWOW/oceans/kids.html
Oceanography from the Office of Naval Research
    http://web.archive.org/web/20080116013253/http:/www.onr.navy.mil/focus/ocean/
Planet Ocean from DiscoverySchool
    http://school.discoveryeducation.com/schooladventures/planetocean/
Oceans and Undersea Life activities for K-5
   
http://web.archive.org/web/20050320084919/http://www.libsci.sc.edu/miller/Ocean.htm
Wonders of the Seas - Marine Life
    http://www.oceanicresearch.org/education/wonders/lesson.html

Oceanography sites for Kids from Mrs. Mitchell's web site
    http://www.kathimitchell.com/ocean.htm

Lakes, Ponds, and Seas:

Ponds and Lakes - http://www.mbgnet.net/fresh/lakes/index.htm
Exploring a Pond as an Ecosystem - http://www.teachersnetwork.org/readysettech/seymour/ecosystem4.htm
Pond Life activities - http://www.sciencenetlinks.com/lessons.cfm?DocID=77
Life in a Drop of Pond Water -
   http://www.sciencenetlinks.com/lessons.cfm?Grade=3-5&BenchmarkID=5&DocID=378
Discover a Pond Food Web - http://www.teachervision.fen.com/food-web/lesson-plan/8720.html
Fundamentals of Pond Ecology - http://www.yale.edu/ynhti/curriculum/units/1992/5/92.05.07.x.html#e

Lake and Pond Study -
   http://www.cvm.umn.edu/raptor/education/lessonplans/lessons4-9/lesson4/home.html
Lakes Lessons - http://geography.mrdonn.org/lakes.html
Oxbow Lakes - http://geography.about.com/library/weekly/aa010601a.htm
TEACH - teach about the Great Lakes - http://www.great-lakes.net/teach/
Under the Deep Blue Sea - http://edsitement.neh.gov/view_lesson_plan.asp?id=245

Tracking Sea Turtles - http://www.education-world.com/a_lesson/lesson111.shtml

Rivers:

Geography Action! Rivers 2001
  http://www.nationalgeographic.com/geographyaction/rivers/
  http://www.nationalgeographic.com/geography-action/rivers.html
Rivers from Missouri Botanical Garden
  http://www.mbgnet.net/fresh/rivers/index.htm
All Along A River (Thinkquest)
  http://library.thinkquest.org/28022/body.html
American Rivers - http://www.americanrivers.org/rivers/
  http://www.americanrivers.org/
WaterWatch - current water resources conditions in the US
  http://water.usgs.gov/waterwatch/
Water Resources of NH and Vermont
  http://nh.water.usgs.gov/WaterData/station_map.htm
Rivers of the World from Great Britain
  http://schoolsonline.britishcouncil.org/classroom-resources/rivers-of-the-world
Rivers of the World - statistics
  http://www.rev.net/~aloe/river/

Rivers of the World from FactMonster
  http://www.factmonster.com/ipka/A0001779.html/

Streams from Gulf of Maine Aquarium
  http://octopus.gma.org/streams/streams.html
Rivers and Coasts from the BBC - easy to read
  hhttp://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/riversandcoasts/index.shtml

Wetlands:
       
Wetlands - http://www.mbgnet.net/fresh/wetlands/index.htm
     Wetlands sites, activities, and resources
        
http://www.epa.gov/owow/wetlands/
         http://kids.nceas.ucsb.edu/biomes/freshwaterwetlands.html
         http://water.epa.gov/type/wetlands/outreach/education_index.cfm
        
http://idahoptv.org/dialogue4kids/season6/wetlands/links.cfm
     Wetlands from National Wildlife Federation
  
      http://www.nwf.org/Kids/Ranger-Rick/People-and-Places/Whats-a-Wetland.aspx
        
http://www.nwf.org/Wildlife/What-We-Do/Waters/Wetlands-and-Watersheds.aspx
     Wetlands for Kids and Teachers -
http://www.kathimitchell.com/wetlands.htm

     
BioBlitz - Wetlands - http://pbskids.org/dragonflytv/show/wetlands.html

Mountains:

Learning About Mountains - http://www.mountain.org/education/explore.htm
Walking the Mountains of the World - pictures and information about world mountains
    http://www.geocities.com/Yosemite/1015/
Mountains of the World - Pictures
    http://www.dirjournal.com/info/highest-mountains-in-the-world/
    http://www.environmentalgraffiti.com/featured/view-seven-highest-peaks-earth/6267
    http://science.nationalgeographic.com/science/photos/mountains-gallery/
    http://www.nigelspencer.co.uk/web-pages/mountain/general-mountain-pages/mountain-world.htm
    Mountain Trivia from Nigel Spencer
      
http://www.nigelspencer.co.uk/web-pages/mountain/mountain-trivia-pages/trivia-world-mountains.htm
Mountains: A Global Resource - lesson plans from NCSS
   http://downloads.ncss.org/lessons/mountains.pdf
Dramatize mountain formation - http://artsedge.kennedy-center.org/educators/lessons/grade-3-4/Mountains.aspx

Glaciers:

 Glaciers and Icefields - http://www.fs.fed.us/r10/tongass/forest_facts/resources/geology/icefields.htm
 All About Glaciers - something for everyone from glaciologist to grade school kids 
   
http://nsidc.org/cryosphere/glaciers/index.html
 Glaciers from University of Vermont
  
http://www.uvm.edu/whale/GlaciersGlacialAges.html
 USGS - http://ga.water.usgs.gov/edu/earthglacier.html
 42 eXplore -
http://42explore.com/glaciers.htm
 Glaciers page for Kids and Teachers - Mrs. Mitchell's web page
  
http://www.kathimitchell.com/glaciers.htm
MAPS and MAPPING

Landform Maps of each state - http://fermi.jhuapl.edu/states/states.html
New Hampshire county map - http://fermi.jhuapl.edu/states/maps1/nh_c.gif
Satellite image of NH - http://fermi.jhuapl.edu/states/avhrr/NH_213.n12.96may31_1148.html
  
National Map Viewer - this is cool!
http://nmviewogc.cr.usgs.gov/viewer.htm

Altapedia- info about countries of world - Countries A-Z
http://www.atlapedia.com/online/country_index.htm

Assorted map collections around the US
http://www.Colorado.EDU/geography/virtdept/resources/map_libs/map_libs.htm

Earthshots - Landsat images from around the world from USGS
http://eros.usgs.gov/
 
Maps and other geographic resources from USGS
http://education.usgs.gov/index.html

More geography lesson plans and websites from USGS
http://education.usgs.gov/common/primary.htm
http://education.usgs.gov/common/secondary.htm
Schoolyard Geology - http://education.usgs.gov/schoolyard/index.html
Teacher Resources - http://education.usgs.gov/docs/education_brochure_high.pdf
 
Geographic Names from USGS - download US latitudes and longitudes
http://geonames.usgs.gov/

Learning about the Compass - a tutorial
http://www.angelfire.com/fl/compless/index.html

Map It - How Far Is It? - type in two places and find the distance
http://www.indo.com/cgi-bin/dist

Map It from USGS
http://stellwagen.er.usgs.gov/mapit/

Mapmaker, Mapmaker, Make Me A Map!
http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/1999/01/15/mapmaker-mapmaker-make-me-a-map/

Mapquest - find a route to grandmother's house or a vacation spot
http://www.mapquest.com/
      Google Maps - RandMcNally - National Geographic -

Map Quiz  questions about capitals, countries, and flags - very addictive
http://www.coolquiz.com/quizzes/map/

Maps from the University of Texas at Austin
http://www.lib.utexas.edu/Libs/PCL/Map_collection/Map_collection.html

Maps of the US states - http://www.infoplease.com/states.html

Maps of World Places
http://geography.about.com/library/maps/blindex.htm

Mathematics of Cartography
http://math.rice.edu/~lanius/pres/map/

Online Map Creation - http://www.aquarius.geomar.de/

Terraserver Famous Places - http://terraserver-usa.com/famous.aspx
   http://terraserver-usa.com/default.aspx

Topozone maps
- http://www.topozone.com/viewmaps.asp

What Do Maps Show? grades 5-8
http://edc2.usgs.gov/pubslists/teachers-packets/mapshow
 
World Atlas.com
http://www.graphicmaps.com/aatlas/world.htm

 

FUN AND GAMES
Geography Action! from National Geographic
2013 - Geography and the New Age of Exploration -
         http://education.nationalgeographic.com/education/collections/geographyawarenessweek/?ar_a=1

2012 - Declare Your Interdependence - http://education.nationalgeographic.com/education/media/geography-awareness-week-2012/?ar_a=1
2011 - The Adventure in YOUR Community -

         http://education.nationalgeographic.com/education/media/geography-awareness-week-2011-adventure-your-community/?ar_a=1

2010 - Freshwater
 - http://www.thinkfinity.org/groups/science/blog/2012/11/06/geography-awareness-week#comment-9894
2009 - Mapping Europe -
      
     http://www.nationalgeographic.com/geography-action/index.html#geography-action-box-europe-anchor
         Teachers' Guide - http://www.nationalgeographic.com/geography-action/assets/pdf/europe/GA_Toolkit_MappingEurope_web.pdf
2008 - North America - http://www.nationalgeographic.com/geography-action/americas.html
2007 - Asia - http://www.nationalgeographic.com/geography-action/asia.html    
2006 - Africa in 3-D - http://www.nationalgeographic.com/geography-action/africa.html
2005 - Migration - http://www.nationalgeographic.com/geography-action/migration.html
2004 - Cultures - http://www.nationalgeographic.com/geography-action/cultures.html
2003 - Habitats - http://www.nationalgeographic.com/geographyaction/habitats/
2002
- Public Lands -  http://www.nationalgeographic.com/geography-action/lands.html
2001
- Rivers - http://www.nationalgeographic.com/geography-action/rivers.html
2000
- Conservation - http://www.nationalgeographic.com/geography-action/conservation.html
Oceans - http://www.nationalgeographic.com/geography-action/oceans.html

Daily Almanac - This Day in History from 5 sources, Analogy of the Day, y,
                  Picture of the Day, Word of the Day, Old Farmer's Almanac, and more
               http://www.refdesk.com/quote.html

Backyard River System - http://eartheasy.com/play_bkyd_riversystem.htm

River Cutters - This is a series of lessons that I have used for a number
                 of years. It is part of Lawrence Hall of Science's GEMS materials,
                 and it is excellent as well as a lot of fun.

Earth and Moon Viewer - see where the sun is shining right now
    http://www.fourmilab.ch/earthview/vplanet.html

Find Moon Phases - now and in the past or the future
http://tycho.usno.navy.mil/vphase.html

Find Solar Noon
http://www.cmpsolv.com/los/sunset.html

Solar Noon Calculator
http://www.solar-noon.com/

Sun and Moon Data from the US Navy - includes solar noon
http://aa.usno.navy.mil/data/docs/RS_OneDay.html

Teaching the 5 Themes of Geography
http://www.educationworld.com/a_lesson/lesson/lesson071.shtml

Flight Tracker - select a plane flight and follow its progress
http://www.flytecomm.com/cgi-bin/trackflight

Geo-Bee Challenge
http://www.nationalgeographic.com/geobee/

Geo-Globe - games and activities
http://library.thinkquest.org/10157/

Helping Your Child Learn Geography
http://www.kidsource.com/kidsource/content/geog.html

How Far Is It Between Two Points? on a US map - Click and find out
http://www.lizardpoint.com/fun/howfar/howfar.html

Scavenger Hunts and lessons from ProTeacher
http://www.proteacher.com/090027.shtml

Geography Games
http://www.maps.com/FreeStuff.aspx#

USA Quiz - online quiz about US states
http://www.lizardpoint.com/fun/geoquiz/usaquiz.html
     Other Online Geography Quizzes - http://lizardpoint.com/geography/index.php

United States Jigsaw Puzzle - shapes and states
http://britton.disted.camosun.bc.ca/usamap/usamap.htm

Web Games to play about states, zip codes, capitals
 http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/web_games.htm


Make Your Own Map - http://mrnussbaum.com/geography


      ** Geography Activity Sheet adopted from Richard Lederer column
          
http://www.kathimitchell.com/geogsheet.htm

 

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