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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.
Hurricane Irma Bundle

Hurricane Irma Bundle

A collection of worksheets that include: 1. Investigating Hurricanes 2. Tracking Hurricane Irma - latitude/longitude exercise 3. Hurricane Irma Worksheet
swintrek
Investigating Cape Town's Water Crisis

Investigating Cape Town's Water Crisis

This is a five page worksheet that allows students to investigate the water crisis in Cape Town as it approaches “Day Zero”. The worksheet provides good websites that provide information on the topic as well as asking students to find their own websites. Could be useful at all levels of high school.
swintrek
Geography in the News Quiz - UK EDITION 27th June 18

Geography in the News Quiz - UK EDITION 27th June 18

A fortnightly quiz that focuses on current world news from a geographic perspective. The quiz is designed to suit the UK National Curriculum at the upper primary/lower secondary level with questions based on world news with a strong focus on Europe, North and South America, Russia, Africa and Asia as well as the cities and counties of the United Kingdom. Quiz is published to the TES website every second Sunday of the school year. A weekly Australian version of the quiz is available by subscription via my website at www.geographyfocus.com.
swintrek
UK Geography in the News quiz - 11th June 2018

UK Geography in the News quiz - 11th June 2018

A fortnightly quiz that focuses on current world news from a geographic perspective. The quiz is designed to suit the UK National Curriculum at the upper primary/lower secondary level with questions based on world news with a strong focus on Europe, North and South America, Russia, Africa and Asia as well as the cities and counties of the United Kingdom. Quiz is published to the TES website every second Sunday of the school year. The quiz is made up of five mapping questions plus fifteen multiple choice questions + answers. The quiz is a PDF that you can download and print for your classes. The quiz is coloured but will photocopy well as b/w. The quiz is a PDF that you can download and print for your classes. A separate answer file is included, answers are on the second page of the file that is not displayed on the TES website (so students can’t do a search of the TES website to find the answers!). How are schools using Geography in the News? As a quiz that can be completed in as little as 6 minutes. Group research. As homework exercises that students can research the answers from a range of news websites. Weekly group competitions within the class over a term or the year. Weekly school geography competitions to promote the subject. As a discussion starter. In whatever way Geography in the News is being used it has been seen to engage students in Geography and improve their geographic knowledge by taking them beyond the classroom. Comments from teachers using the quiz: “… I have received only positive feedback from my Geography teachers. The students look forward to it each week and it has motivated them to become more aware of world events and current affairs. It doesn’t take too long before they make an effort to watch the news in order to win the title of Geo Hero for the week” “Fantastic idea. My students have become so engaged with world news and learning how geography is applied in the real world”. Geography in the News … a great way to engage your students with the world of Geography outside the classroom! A weekly Australian version of the quiz is available by subscription via my website at www.geographyfocus.com.
swintrek
Geography in the News - International Edition - 14th May 2018

Geography in the News - International Edition - 14th May 2018

A fortnightly quiz that focuses on current world news from a geographic perspective. The quiz is designed to suit schools in all countries at the upper primary/lower secondary level with questions based on world news. There are also special editions for both the UK and Australia elsewhere on my TES shop. The quiz is published to the TES website every second Sunday of the school year. The quiz is made up of five mapping questions plus fifteen multiple choice questions + answers. The quiz is a PDF that you can download and print for your classes. The quiz is coloured but will photocopy well as b/w. The quiz is a PDF that you can download and print for your classes. A separate answer file is included, answers are on the second page of the file that is not displayed on the TES website (so students can’t do a search of the TES website to find the answers!). How are schools using Geography in the News? As a quiz that can be completed in as little as 6 minutes. Group research. As homework exercises that students can research the answers from a range of news websites. Weekly group competitions within the class over a term or the year. Weekly school geography competitions to promote the subject. As a discussion starter. In whatever way Geography in the News is being used it has been seen to engage students in Geography and improve their geographic knowledge by taking them beyond the classroom. Comments from teachers using the quiz: “… I have received only positive feedback from my Geography teachers. The students look forward to it each week and it has motivated them to become more aware of world events and current affairs. It doesn’t take too long before they make an effort to watch the news in order to win the title of Geo Hero for the week” “Fantastic idea. My students have become so engaged with world news and learning how geography is applied in the real world”. Geography in the News … a great way to engage your students with the world of Geography outside the classroom!
swintrek
Geography in the News - International Edition - 30th April 2018

Geography in the News - International Edition - 30th April 2018

A fortnightly quiz that focuses on current world news from a geographic perspective. The quiz is designed to suit schools in all countries at the upper primary/lower secondary level with questions based on world news. There are also special editions for both the UK and Australia elsewhere on my TES shop. The quiz is published to the TES website every second Sunday of the school year. The quiz is made up of five mapping questions plus fifteen multiple choice questions + answers. The quiz is a PDF that you can download and print for your classes. The quiz is coloured but will photocopy well as b/w. The quiz is a PDF that you can download and print for your classes. A separate answer file is included, answers are on the second page of the file that is not displayed on the TES website (so students can’t do a search of the TES website to find the answers!). How are schools using Geography in the News? As a quiz that can be completed in as little as 6 minutes. Group research. As homework exercises that students can research the answers from a range of news websites. Weekly group competitions within the class over a term or the year. Weekly school geography competitions to promote the subject. As a discussion starter. In whatever way Geography in the News is being used it has been seen to engage students in Geography and improve their geographic knowledge by taking them beyond the classroom. Comments from teachers using the quiz: “… I have received only positive feedback from my Geography teachers. The students look forward to it each week and it has motivated them to become more aware of world events and current affairs. It doesn’t take too long before they make an effort to watch the news in order to win the title of Geo Hero for the week” “Fantastic idea. My students have become so engaged with world news and learning how geography is applied in the real world”. Geography in the News … a great way to engage your students with the world of Geography outside the classroom!
swintrek
Investigating Hurricane Harvey

Investigating Hurricane Harvey

This is a worksheet (3 pages) that will get your students to investigate Hurricane Matthew (August 2017). The first page is a latitude and longitude exercise where the students will be the meteorologist and map the track of the hurricane from August 24 to August 28. On the second page students will answer general questions on hurricanes as background to the third page where they will look at the impact of Hurricane Matthew more closely. An answer sheet is provided for teachers as a separate file.
swintrek
Hurricane Irma Worksheet

Hurricane Irma Worksheet

A 2-page worksheet where students search the internet to provide information about Hurricane Irma, its impact and human responses to it. Useful in conjunction with the "Tracking Hurricane irma" worksheet also available on my shop. A cheaper option may be to buy the "Hurricane Irma bundle" that includes this worksheet, Tracking Hurricane Irma worksheet and the worksheet that covers general information about hurricanes.
swintrek
Geography in the News Quiz No.34 - AUSTRALIAN EDITION - 18th SEPTEMBER  2017

Geography in the News Quiz No.34 - AUSTRALIAN EDITION - 18th SEPTEMBER 2017

The 18th September 2017 edition of a weekly quiz that focuses on world news of the week from a geographic perspective. This week's quiz has a number of questions based on Hurricane Irma and its path through the Caribbean Sea. The quiz is designed to suit the Australian Curriculum (Years 5 to 10) with questions based on Australian and world news. The quiz is placed on the TES website every Sunday at the beginning of the school week. The quiz is made up of five mapping questions plus fifteen multiple choice questions + answers. (note: the map doesn't display in the previews it is on the second page but the standard of maps can be seen if you look at the preview of the UK versions of the quiz also on my store). The quiz is a PDF that you can download and print for your classes. A separate answer file is included. The Geography in the News quiz for Australian schools is also available as subscription with the 2017 Semester 2 order form available from my website : www.geographyfocus.com How are schools using Geography in the News? 1. As a quiz that can be completed in as little as 6 minutes. 2. Group research. 3. As homework exercises that students can research the answers from a range of news websites. 4. Weekly group competitions within the class over a term or the year. 5. Weekly school geography competitions to promote the subject. 6. As a discussion starter. In whatever way Geography in the News is being used it has been seen to engage students in Geography and improve their geographic knowledge by taking them beyond the classroom. Comments from teachers using the quiz: "..... I have received only positive feedback from my Geography teachers. The students look forward to it each week and it has motivated them to become more aware of world events and current affairs. It doesn’t take too long before they make an effort to watch the news in order to win the title of Geo Hero for the week". "Fantastic idea. My students have become so engaged with world news and learning how geography is applied in the real world".
swintrek
Investigating Hurricanes

Investigating Hurricanes

A 2-page worksheet that requires students to find out general information about hurricanes from the internet (websites provided but you may want your students to go to other websites). Page 1 shows on the preview. On Page 2 there is a question on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale, a world map where students are asked to show those areas in the world where hurricanes occur, and responses individuals and families can make to hurricanes (before, during and after).
swintrek
Hurricane Irma Bundle

Hurricane Irma Bundle

A collection of worksheets that include: 1. Investigating Hurricanes 2. Tracking Hurricane Irma - latitude/longitude exercise 3. Hurricane Irma Worksheet
swintrek
Chiapas Earthquake - Mexico 8 September 2017

Chiapas Earthquake - Mexico 8 September 2017

A four page worksheet focusing on the Chiapas earthquake in Mexico on 8th September 2017. Page 1 - simple mapping question to familiarise students with the geographic setting of Mexico Page 2 - students to complete a fact file on Mexico from internet research AND define basic terms associated with earthquakes as well as completing the labelling of an earthquake diagram Page 3 - a map of the earthquake area including tectonic plates - students to answer questions on the earthquake using the map and the USGS website. Page 4 - students answer questions on the impact of the earthquake, the Mexican government's response and a question on past Mexican earthquakes. An answer key is provided for teachers.
swintrek
Investigating Cape Town's Water Crisis

Investigating Cape Town's Water Crisis

This is a five page worksheet that allows students to investigate the water crisis in Cape Town as it approaches “Day Zero”. The worksheet provides good websites that provide information on the topic as well as asking students to find their own websites. Could be useful at all levels of high school.
swintrek
Seven Summits Challenge: mapping and geographical inquiry

Seven Summits Challenge: mapping and geographical inquiry

A worksheet that is part of my Geographic Challenges series that asks to students to investigate the Seven Summits Challenge (a challenge to climb the seven highest peaks on the continents). Students will research information about the Seven Summits and map their location on a world map (on the second page) using latitude and longitude co-ordinates. A great and engaging way to develop student inquiry skills and practise mapping skills. May be useful for the AC topic “Landscapes and Landforms” and other jurisdictions where mountain landforms are addressed.
swintrek
Geography in the News Quiz - UK EDITION 27th June 18

Geography in the News Quiz - UK EDITION 27th June 18

A fortnightly quiz that focuses on current world news from a geographic perspective. The quiz is designed to suit the UK National Curriculum at the upper primary/lower secondary level with questions based on world news with a strong focus on Europe, North and South America, Russia, Africa and Asia as well as the cities and counties of the United Kingdom. Quiz is published to the TES website every second Sunday of the school year. A weekly Australian version of the quiz is available by subscription via my website at www.geographyfocus.com.
swintrek
Topographic Map Skills Exercises

Topographic Map Skills Exercises

A series of 10 sets of topographic maps and exercises that introduce students to reading of topographic maps. The maps are graded in level of difficulty from the first which practices the students in elementary topographic map skills and progress to more difficult maps and more difficult topographic map skills. The maps are backline masters and are easily photocopied. Answers are provided for each of the ten sets of exercises.
swintrek
Geography in the News Quiz - AUSTRALIAN EDITION - No.43   2017

Geography in the News Quiz - AUSTRALIAN EDITION - No.43 2017

No.43 issue of a weekly quiz that focuses on world news of the week from a geographic perspective. The quiz is designed to suit the Australian Curriculum (Years 5 to 10) with questions based on Australian and world news. The quiz is placed on the TES website every Sunday at the beginning of the school week. The quiz is made up of five mapping questions plus fifteen multiple choice questions + answers. (note: the map doesn't display in the previews it is on the second page but the standard of maps can be seen if you look at the preview of the UK versions of the quiz also on my store). The quiz is a PDF that you can download and print for your classes. A separate answer file is included, answers are on the second page of the file that is not displayed on the TES website so students can't do a search of the TES website to find the answers! The Geography in the News quiz for Australian schools is also available as subscription with the 2018 order form now available from my website : www.geographyfocus.com How are schools using Geography in the News? 1. As a quiz that can be completed in as little as 6 minutes. 2. Group research. 3. As homework exercises that students can research the answers from a range of news websites. 4. Weekly group competitions within the class over a term or the year. 5. Weekly school geography competitions to promote the subject. 6. As a discussion starter. In whatever way Geography in the News is being used it has been seen to engage students in Geography and improve their geographic knowledge by taking them beyond the classroom. Comments from teachers using the quiz: "..... I have received only positive feedback from my Geography teachers. The students look forward to it each week and it has motivated them to become more aware of world events and current affairs. It doesn’t take too long before they make an effort to watch the news in order to win the title of Geo Hero for the week". "Fantastic idea. My students have become so engaged with world news and learning how geography is applied in the real world".
swintrek