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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.
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.
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.
Tracking Hurricane Dorian - a latitude/longitude exercise
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Tracking Hurricane Dorian - a latitude/longitude exercise

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This is a mapping exercise that requires students to map the track of Hurricane Dorian from information given in a table. Students can follow the track of the hurricane over the next few days using the Weather Underground website (URL given on the worksheet). This exercise is also part of the Hurricane Dorian Enquiry, also available on my store.
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.
Water in the World: the value of water to different cultures
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Water in the World: the value of water to different cultures

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One page of text explaining the value of water to different cultures followed by three learning activities that require students to answer questions based on the text, use provided websites to investigate the significance of rivers to different cultures, and finally to investigate the value of water to Australian Aboriginal groups.
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.
Hurricane Irma Bundle
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Hurricane Irma Bundle

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A collection of worksheets that include: 1. Investigating Hurricanes 2. Tracking Hurricane Irma - latitude/longitude exercise 3. Hurricane Irma Worksheet
Water in the World: Water as a Resource
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Water in the World: Water as a Resource

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Five pages: first page is text on water as a resource with the other four pages learning activities that ask students to investigate the use of water as a resource. Produced for the Australian Curriculum Geography topic “Water in the World”. May also be useful in other jurisdictions where water is part of the geography curriculum.
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
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.
Crossword Puzzle: The Water Cycle
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Crossword Puzzle: The Water Cycle

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A crossword puzzle on the elements and processes within the water cycle. Three sheets: 1. Standard crossword puzzle 2. Same as standard crossword puzzle but with the first letter of each answer given as a clue. 3. Answer key A fun way for your students to learn the terms associated with the water cycle.
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.
Passage of a Cold Front across Eastern Australia July 2015
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Passage of a Cold Front across Eastern Australia July 2015

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This is a one page worksheet that shows a cold front passing across Eastern Australia in July 2015. The questions ask students to interpret the weather map and to explain the cold front and associated polar vortex that brought snow as high as Queensland in Eastern Australia. Requires some internet research.