Geography skills teaching resources: Maps

Resources and ideas for geography, geography skills, maps, written by teachers to support teaching and learning

What is scale and how can we measure distances?

What is scale and how can we measure distances?

This powerpoint explains scale and links this to how measure distances on a map, through a step by step giuide through the process. In addition to the PPT there is a distances work sheet with seperate answers that get increasingly difficult and recap other key skills, such as 4 and 6 figure grid references..

By cmcdonnell

Rumble in the Jungle

Rumble in the Jungle

Long term and short term planning on the rainforests of South-America. Including cross-curricular English and Geography resources. Ideally for year 4 and 5 but could be adapted for 6 too.

By nnpcasey

Aerial Photographs- An introduction

Aerial Photographs- An introduction

A 26 slide PPT (19 slides of notes, exam questions at the end of PPT) which introduces Aerial Photographs to geography students. Differentiates between vertical and high/low oblique aerial photographs, using examples. Also explains how to locate features on a aerial photo using correct terminology e.g. foreground, middleground, background. For more PPTs on Aerial photographs and a great value bundle, see 'My Shop'.

By emercullen

Year 7 2017 SOW Spring Term Africa 3) Different climates in Africa [SEN and High ability]

Year 7 2017 SOW Spring Term Africa 3) Different climates in Africa [SEN and High ability]

Two different lessons on climates of Africa. The renewed version is 2) Climate graphs which has additional ANSWERS to the different slides. This lesson has been differentiated further to support SEND but can also be used for high ability. I would recommend drawing graphs for lower ability to hep with the scale and axis. I will attach an example when I have access to the scanner.The settler is encouraging the use of map analysis by using atlases or their planners to identify two of the hottest African countries. The starter is the types of Geography through a think/pair/share task. This slide has ANSWERS. The main activity is a 4 out 4 climate graph for Mali. I design the graph for SEN, The models show how to create a climate graph and there is data for students to use for Mali. The second main activity gives students different types of climate graph for different countries in Africa. The students have to work out the mean temperature and total rainfall. The idea is to be able to start interpreting data from graphs. The development is an exam question to analyze graphs with SUCCESS CRITERIA. The plenary has charade cards attached above and is Dance charades- 30 seconds for students to guess the charade from the dance moves. It then transfers over to the other team. The danger cards is pictionary and the all play class is both teams. The winning group is the first to 3.

By GJDavis27

Grid references

Grid references

These two lessons introduce 4 and 6 figure grid references to students is an easy and engaging way.This resource has been tried and tested. For teachers it is easy to use and contains clear instruction and consolidation tasks. There's nothing else you need to do with it.

By cmcdonnell

Key Stage 3; Population homework booklet

Key Stage 3; Population homework booklet

This booklet contains 7 varied homework activities to complement a scheme of work related to population. The aims and instructions of each tasks are clearly laid out at the start of the task. At the end there are options for teacher, peer-assessment and self-assessment and either grading or attitude to learning (effort) marks to be awarded. There is also space for WWW and EBI comments.

By kath1nunn

Key Stage 3; tectonics homework booklet

Key Stage 3; tectonics homework booklet

This booklet contains 7 varied homework activities to complement a scheme of work related to tectonics. The aims and instructions of each tasks are clearly laid out at the start of the task. At the end there are options for teacher, peer and self assessment and either grading or attitude to learning (effort) marks to be awarded. There is also space for WWW and EBI comments.

By kath1nunn

A Level; Tectonics- rift valley formation

A Level; Tectonics- rift valley formation

I designed this lesson to make teaching a complicated landform more accessible. there are lots of different activities, which gradually build up the students understanding, to the point that able they are able to write their own explanation. The lesson includes a number of images and maps to develop a sense of place.There is also an atlas maps skills homework activity included in the lesson and a separate rift valley homework answer sheet to help give feedback to the students.

By kath1nunn

Geography of Sport 5: Olympic Venues (KS3)

Geography of Sport 5: Olympic Venues (KS3)

This is a full 1 hour lesson that is focused on using ICT to locate and describe the geography of the London 2012 Olympic venues. The interactive nature of the lesson is enjoyable for students and builds on ICT and mapping skills previously developed. This is the fifth lesson of a ‘Geography of Sport’ unit at KS3. It is also part of a bundle pack available in my shop.In the lesson we look at:- Location of sports venues around the UK- Their surrounding geography- Use of geographic terminology to describe place-OS map skillsPlease feel free to leave a review :)Happy teaching!

By HotForest

United States Research: Maine

United States Research: Maine

Discover Maine with this activity packet! Students can learn more about their own state or discover another state. This is also a great way for adult ESL students to learn more about this new country they call home!I have used this activity by assigning each student a different state to research and then present to the class as a commercial for people to visit "their" state. The students loved this activity, and they learned so many interesting things about the United States. There are many other ways to use the materials, and there are a variety of activities in this collection that can be used to suit your needs.Download includes the following:* A short pre-research activity to have the students write what they know about the selected state and what they would like to find out. * A quick reference activity to have students find and label the major cities of the state and find out a few fast facts about the state.* A state scavenger hunt. * A graphic organizer to make notes about the information they find from their research.* A worksheet to identify and research an influential person from the state. * A state map with major or important cities labeled and a worksheet to investigate a specific city. * Assignment to create a commercial about the state. * A research credit worksheet to keep track of where the information or pictures came from as they research the state. * An acrostic poem using the letters of the selected state.* Graphic organizer for writing an opinion paragraph about the state.* Graphic organizer for writing a compare and contrast paragraph to compare two states. * A research closing activity to summarize what the students learned about the state that they researched and what they would still like to know about the state.* A large blank map of the state that can be decorated with drawings or pictures of symbols related to the state. A PowerPoint version is also included in case they would like to use clip art to decorate their maps. * Grayscale versions of any worksheets that have color.

By donielle_sharma

A Level; Coasts - spits, bars and tombolos

A Level; Coasts - spits, bars and tombolos

This lesson starts with coastal terminology bingo. It then combines diagrams and photos to build up descriptions and explanations of the formation of spits, bars and tombolos. OS Maps are included. there is a word bank and a sequence chart to support he students in writing their explanations. There are also additional details about other factors that may have formed the bars and tombolos in Dorset and Devon, which is aimed at A/A* students.

By kath1nunn

A Level; Coasts - Headlands and Bays

A Level; Coasts - Headlands and Bays

This lesson develops the pupils understanding of how headlands and bays are formed on concordant and discordant geology coastlines. It then goes onto coves and geos. There is a mark scheme to assess the pupils At the end there is a Swanage Map quiz with answers.

By kath1nunn

United States Research: Maryland

United States Research: Maryland

Discover Maryland with this activity packet! Students can learn more about their own state or discover another state. This is also a great way for adult ESL students to learn more about this new country they call home!I have used this activity by assigning each student a different state to research and then present to the class as a commercial for people to visit "their" state. The students loved this activity, and they learned so many interesting things about the United States. There are many other ways to use the materials, and there are a variety of activities in this collection that can be used to suit your needs.Download includes the following:* A short pre-research activity to have the students write what they know about the selected state and what they would like to find out. * A quick reference activity to have students find and label the major cities of the state and find out a few fast facts about the state.* A state scavenger hunt. * A graphic organizer to make notes about the information they find from their research.* A worksheet to identify and research an influential person from the state. * A state map with major or important cities labeled and a worksheet to investigate a specific city. * Assignment to create a commercial about the state. * A research credit worksheet to keep track of where the information or pictures came from as they research the state. * An acrostic poem using the letters of the selected state.* Graphic organizer for writing an opinion paragraph about the state.* Graphic organizer for writing a compare and contrast paragraph to compare two states. * A research closing activity to summarize what the students learned about the state that they researched and what they would still like to know about the state.* A large blank map of the state that can be decorated with drawings or pictures of symbols related to the state. A PowerPoint version is also included in case they would like to use clip art to decorate their maps. * Grayscale versions of any worksheets that have color.

By donielle_sharma

United States Research: Massachusetts

United States Research: Massachusetts

Discover Massachusetts with this activity packet! Students can learn more about their own state or discover another state. This is also a great way for adult ESL students to learn more about this new country they call home!I have used this activity by assigning each student a different state to research and then present to the class as a commercial for people to visit "their" state. The students loved this activity, and they learned so many interesting things about the United States. There are many other ways to use the materials, and there are a variety of activities in this collection that can be used to suit your needs.Download includes the following:* A short pre-research activity to have the students write what they know about the selected state and what they would like to find out. * A quick reference activity to have students find and label the major cities of the state and find out a few fast facts about the state.* A state scavenger hunt. * A graphic organizer to make notes about the information they find from their research.* A worksheet to identify and research an influential person from the state. * A state map with major or important cities labeled and a worksheet to investigate a specific city. * Assignment to create a commercial about the state. * A research credit worksheet to keep track of where the information or pictures came from as they research the state. * An acrostic poem using the letters of the selected state.* Graphic organizer for writing an opinion paragraph about the state.* Graphic organizer for writing a compare and contrast paragraph to compare two states. * A research closing activity to summarize what the students learned about the state that they researched and what they would still like to know about the state.* A large blank map of the state that can be decorated with drawings or pictures of symbols related to the state. A PowerPoint version is also included in case they would like to use clip art to decorate their maps. * Grayscale versions of any worksheets that have color.

By donielle_sharma

United States Research: Michigan

United States Research: Michigan

Discover Michigan with this activity packet! Students can learn more about their own state or discover another state. This is also a great way for adult ESL students to learn more about this new country they call home!I have used this activity by assigning each student a different state to research and then present to the class as a commercial for people to visit "their" state. The students loved this activity, and they learned so many interesting things about the United States. There are many other ways to use the materials, and there are a variety of activities in this collection that can be used to suit your needs.Download includes the following:* A short pre-research activity to have the students write what they know about the selected state and what they would like to find out. * A quick reference activity to have students find and label the major cities of the state and find out a few fast facts about the state.* A state scavenger hunt. * A graphic organizer to make notes about the information they find from their research.* A worksheet to identify and research an influential person from the state. * A state map with major or important cities labeled and a worksheet to investigate a specific city. * Assignment to create a commercial about the state. * A research credit worksheet to keep track of where the information or pictures came from as they research the state. * An acrostic poem using the letters of the selected state.* Graphic organizer for writing an opinion paragraph about the state.* Graphic organizer for writing a compare and contrast paragraph to compare two states. * A research closing activity to summarize what the students learned about the state that they researched and what they would still like to know about the state.* A large blank map of the state that can be decorated with drawings or pictures of symbols related to the state. A PowerPoint version is also included in case they would like to use clip art to decorate their maps. * Grayscale versions of any worksheets that have color.

By donielle_sharma

United States Research: Mississippi

United States Research: Mississippi

Discover Mississippi with this activity packet! Students can learn more about their own state or discover another state. This is also a great way for adult ESL students to learn more about this new country they call home!I have used this activity by assigning each student a different state to research and then present to the class as a commercial for people to visit "their" state. The students loved this activity, and they learned so many interesting things about the United States. There are many other ways to use the materials, and there are a variety of activities in this collection that can be used to suit your needs.US State Research: Southeast RegionDownload includes the following:* A United States map that highlights the selected state and shows bordering states for the students to identify and label. * A short pre-research activity to have the students write what they know about the selected state and what they would like to find out. * A quick reference activity to have students find and label the major cities of the state and find out a few fast facts about the state.* A state scavenger hunt. * A graphic organizer to make notes about the information they find from their research.* A worksheet to identify and research an influential person from the state. * A state map with major or important cities labeled and a worksheet to investigate a specific city. * Assignment to create a commercial about the state. * A research credit worksheet to keep track of where the information or pictures came from as they research the state. * An acrostic poem using the letters of the selected state.* Graphic organizer for writing an opinion paragraph about the state.* Graphic organizer for writing a compare and contrast paragraph to compare two states. * A research closing activity to summarize what the students learned about the state that they researched and what they would still like to know about the state.* A large blank map of the state that can be decorated with drawings or pictures of symbols related to the state. A PowerPoint version is also included in case they would like to use clip art to decorate their maps. * Grayscale versions of any worksheets that have color.

By donielle_sharma

United States Research: Minnesota

United States Research: Minnesota

Discover Minnesota with this activity packet! Students can learn more about their own state or discover another state. This is also a great way for adult ESL students to learn more about this new country they call home!I have used this activity by assigning each student a different state to research and then present to the class as a commercial for people to visit "their" state. The students loved this activity, and they learned so many interesting things about the United States. There are many other ways to use the materials, and there are a variety of activities in this collection that can be used to suit your needs.Download includes the following:* A short pre-research activity to have the students write what they know about the selected state and what they would like to find out. * A quick reference activity to have students find and label the major cities of the state and find out a few fast facts about the state.* A state scavenger hunt. * A graphic organizer to make notes about the information they find from their research.* A worksheet to identify and research an influential person from the state. * A state map with major or important cities labeled and a worksheet to investigate a specific city. * Assignment to create a commercial about the state. * A research credit worksheet to keep track of where the information or pictures came from as they research the state. * An acrostic poem using the letters of the selected state.* Graphic organizer for writing an opinion paragraph about the state.* Graphic organizer for writing a compare and contrast paragraph to compare two states. * A research closing activity to summarize what the students learned about the state that they researched and what they would still like to know about the state.* A large blank map of the state that can be decorated with drawings or pictures of symbols related to the state. A PowerPoint version is also included in case they would like to use clip art to decorate their maps. * Grayscale versions of any worksheets that have color.

By donielle_sharma

Mount Rushmore with Google Earth Tours

Mount Rushmore with Google Earth Tours

Tour Mount Rushmore with Google Earth ToursMake a virtual field trip to the Black Hills of South Dakota and visit Mount Rushmore. You will be using Google Earth to watch a pre-recorded tour of the world famous landmark. Learn all about the giant sculpture and its interesting history. The product includes a document of about 30 talking points and interesting facts about the historic tourist attraction. The tour is also accompanied by a PDF file that describes what you are seeing based on the corresponding minutes in the video. This is so you can pause the tour at the given time stamp and let the class know what they are looking at. For example the document says at, “2:23 – 2:36 – The camera zooms in even closer.a. Behind the four heads there is a cave. The cave is called the “Hall of Records” and it houses a vault.b. The vault contains copies of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, a history of the monument, biographies of the presidents and more.c. The idea behind the hall is to provide information to future civilizations, which have long forgot about us, about Mount Rushmore and the United States. d. It is currently inaccessible to the public.The tour begins with a view of North America from outer space. You are then brought closer above the U.S., next above South Dakota, and finally the camera zooms down to the monument and flies around to see it from a variety of different viewpoints. The angles are chosen so the students can get a good idea of the structure’s location, as well as, its physical relationship to its surroundings. Finally, you are taken back out to a long shot of North America.* Your computer must have Google Earth to watch these tours.Feel free to visit some other famous landmarks in North America.1. The Golden Gate Bridge (3:29)2. Chichen Itza (5:38)3. Niagara Falls (2:10)4. Panama Canal (3:02)5. Statue of Liberty (2:07)6. Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri (1:06)6. Mount Rushmore (3:02)Here are some European landmarks.1. Stonehenge (3:29)2. The Acropolis (5:38) 3. The Colosseum4. The Leaning Tower of Pisa (3:28)5. The Eiffel Tower (3:15)6. Big Ben (5:12)Tour some African sites.1. The Egyptian Pyramids and the Great Sphinx of Giza (3:15)Please feel free to email me directly at r_nyg@yahoo.com if you need any assistance.The cover photo is by jbpic and has a Creative Commons license The photo can be found @ https://pixabay.com/en/mount-rushmore-rock-monument-740713/Google Earth Tour Map AttributionMap Data: Google, Image Landsat / CopernicusData SIO, NOAA, U.S. Navy, NGA, GEBCOImage IBCAOImage U.S. Geological SurveyUS DEPT of State Geographer

By RyanNygrenRKN

United States Research: Idaho

United States Research: Idaho

Discover Idaho with this activity packet! Students can learn more about their own state or discover another state. This is also a great way for adult ESL students to learn more about this new country they call home!I have used this activity by assigning each student a different state to research and then present to the class as a commercial for people to visit "their" state. The students loved this activity, and they learned so many interesting things about the United States. There are many other ways to use the materials, and there are a variety of activities in this collection that can be used to suit your needs.Download includes the following:* A short pre-research activity to have the students write what they know about the selected state and what they would like to find out. * A quick reference activity to have students find and label the major cities of the state and find out a few fast facts about the state.* A state scavenger hunt. * A graphic organizer to make notes about the information they find from their research.* A worksheet to identify and research an influential person from the state. * A state map with major or important cities labeled and a worksheet to investigate a specific city. * Assignment to create a commercial about the state. * A research credit worksheet to keep track of where the information or pictures came from as they research the state. * An acrostic poem using the letters of the selected state.* Graphic organizer for writing an opinion paragraph about the state.* Graphic organizer for writing a compare and contrast paragraph to compare two states. * A research closing activity to summarize what the students learned about the state that they researched and what they would still like to know about the state.* A large blank map of the state that can be decorated with drawings or pictures of symbols related to the state. A PowerPoint version is also included in case they would like to use clip art to decorate their maps. * Grayscale versions of any worksheets that have color.

By donielle_sharma

United States Research: Iowa

United States Research: Iowa

Discover Iowa with this activity packet! Students can learn more about their own state or discover another state. This is also a great way for adult ESL students to learn more about this new country they call home!I have used this activity by assigning each student a different state to research and then present to the class as a commercial for people to visit "their" state. The students loved this activity, and they learned so many interesting things about the United States. There are many other ways to use the materials, and there are a variety of activities in this collection that can be used to suit your needs.Download includes the following:* A short pre-research activity to have the students write what they know about the selected state and what they would like to find out. * A quick reference activity to have students find and label the major cities of the state and find out a few fast facts about the state.* A state scavenger hunt. * A graphic organizer to make notes about the information they find from their research.* A worksheet to identify and research an influential person from the state. * A state map with major or important cities labeled and a worksheet to investigate a specific city. * Assignment to create a commercial about the state. * A research credit worksheet to keep track of where the information or pictures came from as they research the state. * An acrostic poem using the letters of the selected state.* Graphic organizer for writing an opinion paragraph about the state.* Graphic organizer for writing a compare and contrast paragraph to compare two states. * A research closing activity to summarize what the students learned about the state that they researched and what they would still like to know about the state.* A large blank map of the state that can be decorated with drawings or pictures of symbols related to the state. A PowerPoint version is also included in case they would like to use clip art to decorate their maps. * Grayscale versions of any worksheets that have color.

By donielle_sharma

United States Research: Illinois

United States Research: Illinois

Discover Illinois with this activity packet! Students can learn more about their own state or discover another state. This is also a great way for adult ESL students to learn more about this new country they call home!I have used this activity by assigning each student a different state to research and then present to the class as a commercial for people to visit "their" state. The students loved this activity, and they learned so many interesting things about the United States. There are many other ways to use the materials, and there are a variety of activities in this collection that can be used to suit your needs.Download includes the following:* A short pre-research activity to have the students write what they know about the selected state and what they would like to find out. * A quick reference activity to have students find and label the major cities of the state and find out a few fast facts about the state.* A state scavenger hunt. * A graphic organizer to make notes about the information they find from their research.* A worksheet to identify and research an influential person from the state. * A state map with major or important cities labeled and a worksheet to investigate a specific city. * Assignment to create a commercial about the state. * A research credit worksheet to keep track of where the information or pictures came from as they research the state. * An acrostic poem using the letters of the selected state.* Graphic organizer for writing an opinion paragraph about the state.* Graphic organizer for writing a compare and contrast paragraph to compare two states. * A research closing activity to summarize what the students learned about the state that they researched and what they would still like to know about the state.* A large blank map of the state that can be decorated with drawings or pictures of symbols related to the state. A PowerPoint version is also included in case they would like to use clip art to decorate their maps. * Grayscale versions of any worksheets that have color.

By donielle_sharma

United States Research: Kentucky

United States Research: Kentucky

Discover Kentucky with this activity packet! Students can learn more about their own state or discover another state. This is also a great way for adult ESL students to learn more about this new country they call home!I have used this activity by assigning each student a different state to research and then present to the class as a commercial for people to visit "their" state. The students loved this activity, and they learned so many interesting things about the United States. There are many other ways to use the materials, and there are a variety of activities in this collection that can be used to suit your needs.Download includes the following:* A United States map that highlights the selected state and shows bordering states for the students to identify and label. * A short pre-research activity to have the students write what they know about the selected state and what they would like to find out. * A quick reference activity to have students find and label the major cities of the state and find out a few fast facts about the state.* A state scavenger hunt. * A graphic organizer to make notes about the information they find from their research.* A worksheet to identify and research an influential person from the state. * A state map with major or important cities labeled and a worksheet to investigate a specific city. * Assignment to create a commercial about the state. * A research credit worksheet to keep track of where the information or pictures came from as they research the state. * An acrostic poem using the letters of the selected state.* Graphic organizer for writing an opinion paragraph about the state.* Graphic organizer for writing a compare and contrast paragraph to compare two states. * A research closing activity to summarize what the students learned about the state that they researched and what they would still like to know about the state.* A large blank map of the state that can be decorated with drawings or pictures of symbols related to the state. A PowerPoint version is also included in case they would like to use clip art to decorate their maps. * Grayscale versions of any worksheets that have color.

By donielle_sharma

States and Capitals Unit: Northeast Region

States and Capitals Unit: Northeast Region

These task cards are a great way for students to practice identifying the States and State Capitals of the Northeast Region of the United States. This product includes the following 11 States:Connecticut - HartfordDelaware - DoverMaine - AugustaMaryland - AnnapolisMassachusetts - BostonNew Hampshire - ConcordNew Jersey - TrentonNew York - AlbanyPennsylvania - HarrisburgRhode Island - ProvidenceVermont - Montpelier

By ScienceSpot

OS maps - use features to describe a route

OS maps - use features to describe a route

- Contains a starter activity in which three different sorts of maps are compared for their different audiences and uses- Powerpoint outlines the lesson plan and activities. Explains the role of contour lines.- Main activity: use a map of Tarn Hows to describe a mapped route, and create a piece of descriptive writing.

By lindsayjon

GCSE 9-1; Courses of a river

GCSE 9-1; Courses of a river

Starter: river map quizMain: reading photos and maps to identify the characteristics of the different courses of a river. Note taking and photo/map information sheets included.Plenary: which course quiz - with answers.

By kath1nunn

States and Capitals: Midwest Region Task Cards

States and Capitals: Midwest Region Task Cards

These task cards are a great way for students to practice identifying the States and State Capitals of the Midwest Region of the United States. This product includes the following 12 countries:IllinoisIndianaIowaKansasMichiganMinnesotaMissouriNebraskaNorth DakotaOhioSouth DakotaWisconsin

By ScienceSpot