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I am a geography teacher with 36 years experience in Years 7 to 12 in high schools in New South Wales and Western Australia. I am now retired but maintain a strong interest in producing resources for the subject for which I have a passion. This shop features a range of geography resources suitable for upper primary school and high school. Free resources are available for you to use within your school to trial the quality of my work.

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I am a geography teacher with 36 years experience in Years 7 to 12 in high schools in New South Wales and Western Australia. I am now retired but maintain a strong interest in producing resources for the subject for which I have a passion. This shop features a range of geography resources suitable for upper primary school and high school. Free resources are available for you to use within your school to trial the quality of my work.
Topographic Map Skills
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Topographic Map Skills

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A set of photocopiable masters that takes students through the basic skills involved in reading topographic maps including: 1. Introduction and marginal information 2. Symbols and colours 3. Map direction and bearings 4. Height and slope 5. Landforms 6. Area reference and grid reference 7. Scale 8. Measuring distance 9. Measuring area 10. Constructing cross-sections 11. Gradient The bundle also includes a series of ten graded topographic maps and exercises which increase in level of difficulty as students progress through them. Answers are provided for all ten of the topographic map exercises.
Development and Human Wellbeing
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Development and Human Wellbeing

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A worksheet for the Year 10 Australian Curriculum Geography topic: Geography of Human Wellbeing. A 2-page worksheet that looks at development and its impact on human wellbeing. The worksheet takes the students to a number of good websites to answer questions that require them to define developed and developing countries, identify the characteristics of developed and developing countries, and map a number of these countries on a world map. The questions require some thought on the student's part as well as providing the opportunity for good class discussion.
Tropical Cyclone Harold Enquiry
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Tropical Cyclone Harold Enquiry

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This is a worksheet (4 pages) that will get your students to investigate Tropical Cyclone (April 2020). The first page is a latitude and longitude exercise where the students will be the meteorologist and map the track of the tropical cyclone from its beginning in the waters off Papua New Guinea to its passing the Pacific island of Tonga. On the second to fourth pages students will answer general questions on tropical cyclones and specific set of research questions on TC Harold. An answer key is provided
Crossword - Population Geography
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Crossword - Population Geography

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This is a crossword puzzle that focuses on the important terms used in population geography. There are three crossword puzzles to allow differentiation in your classes: one for the better ability students (no clues), one for moderate ability students (first letter clues) and one for weaker students (consonant clues). Crossword puzzles are a great way to reinforce basic concepts of a topic. The clues for this puzzle will help reinforce your students knowledge of the terms used in a study of population geography… A solution is provided with the puzzle.
Name that Monument/Building - a place geography exercise
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Name that Monument/Building - a place geography exercise

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A simple worksheet that asks students to identify icons of famous monuments or buildings from around the world and name the country in which they are located. Might be useful as a lesson filler/starter or homework exercise. Also could be used as a quiz night activity.
City Silhouettes - a place geography exercise
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City Silhouettes - a place geography exercise

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A simple worksheet that asks students to identify the silhouettes of cities from around the world and locate them on a world map. Two exercises are presented, one for the more able students with no clues, the second with the names of the cities at the top from which students can match up with each silhouette. A blank world map is included with each exercise. An answer sheet is also provided. Might be useful as a lesson filler/starter or homework exercise. Also could be used as a quiz night activity.
Megacities Wordsearch
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Megacities Wordsearch

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This word search or word maze is a fun way for your students to become familiar with the megacities of the world. An answer key is provided.
Climate Graphs
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Climate Graphs

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This bundle includes two instruction sheets on how to draw a climate graph and how to interpret a climate graph. In addition the bundle includes two worksheets on the climates of two European cities: London and Rome.
Globalisation- My Place in an Interconnected World
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Globalisation- My Place in an Interconnected World

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This worksheet is designed primarily for the Australian Curriculum for the topic Geographies of Interconnections but may be useful in any jurisdiction where there is a focus on globalisation from a geographic perspective. The first page is an example of a young person's connections with other countries in the world and requires students to map the countries to which that person is connected. The second page then requires the student to identify the connections he/she has with other countries in the world and then asks them to map those connections.
Geography Crossword #1 - basic geographic terms
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Geography Crossword #1 - basic geographic terms

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A crossword puzzle of geographic terms. Three puzzles with the same clues but: 1. A crossword with no hints for the more able students, 2. A crossword with the first letter as hints, 3. A crossword with all consonants as hints. Four pages in total - the crossword previewed is the one without hints. Choose the level of difficulty that suits your students. Great for differentiation of ability within your class. A solution is provided for the teacher.
Extreme Weather Case Study: East Coast Low - eastern Australia 4th to 6th June 2016
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Extreme Weather Case Study: East Coast Low - eastern Australia 4th to 6th June 2016

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This worksheet is an extreme weather case study that gets students to investigate an east coast low pressure system that impacted the eastern seaboard of Australia between 4th and 6th June 2016 causing an immense amount of property damage as well as beach erosion and flooding in the hinterland. Students are take to the Australian Bureau of Meteorology's website where they will be able to obtain information about east coast lows and an Australian news' website where they will get information of the impact of this extreme weather event.
Topographic Map Skills 5 - Landforms
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Topographic Map Skills 5 - Landforms

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Photocopiable handout that introduces students to the various landforms that can be identified on a topographic map using the arrangement of contour lines. Also available in a bundle of all topographic mapping skills plus 10 graded exercises (with answers) at this link:https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/topographic-map-skills-11564811
Investigating Cities - Shenzhen, China
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Investigating Cities - Shenzhen, China

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This is a 4-page worksheet that gets students to investigate the city of Shenzhen in China which has grown from little more than a fishing village in the 1970s to an expanding metropolis of 11 million people today. Shenzhen is commonly known as the "Silicon Valley of China". The worksheet has some mapping questions that look at Shenzen's location and changes in land use over time, some statistics on the climate of the city, and a series of questions on the growth of the city and its impact that can be answered from the BBC News (link is provided). An answer key is provided for teachers. The worksheet would be useful for the Australian Curriculum unit on Liveability and for those jurisdictions where urban development is a focus, perhaps from lower to upper high school Geography.
Topographic Map Skills 10 - Cross-sections
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Topographic Map Skills 10 - Cross-sections

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Photo-copiable handout that shows students how to draw a cross-section from a topographic map. Also available at a vastly reduced price as part of my Topographic Maps Skills Bundle that includes all of the basic topographic map skills as well as a set of graded exercises to practice your students in all of the skills : https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/topographic-map-skills-11564811
Map of the UK
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Map of the UK

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An outline map of the UK with major parallels of latitude and longitude. Coloured but will photocopy well in b/w.