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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.
Investigating Cape Town's Water Crisis
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Investigating Cape Town's Water Crisis

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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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Investigating Hurricane Matthew - October 2016
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Investigating Hurricane Matthew - October 2016

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This is a worksheet (5 pages including 2 answer pages) that will get your students to investigate Hurricane Matthew (October 2016). The first page is a latitude and longitude exercise where the students will be the meteorologist and map the track of the hurricane from September 29 through to October 8th. 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.
European Wordsearch and Mapping Exercise Bundle
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European Wordsearch and Mapping Exercise Bundle

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European countries in three sets of wordsearches and mapping exercises. Requires students to find 30 countries (10 in each exercise) and locate them in the map at the centre of the word search.
Topographic Map Skills 6 - Area reference and grid reference
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Topographic Map Skills 6 - Area reference and grid reference

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Photocopiable handout that shows students how to locate features using a four-figure area reference and six-figure grid reference. 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
Where in Europe? - a latitude/longitude exercise
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Where in Europe? - a latitude/longitude exercise

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This is a latitude and longitude exercise that requires students to find capital cities of Europe indicated by latitude and longitude using this URL - http://www.findlatitudeandlongitude.com OR an atlas. A blank map of Europe is also provided to allow the students to accurately locate and label the places using the latitude and longitude grid. Answers are provided for the benefit of teachers.
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.
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.
Extreme Weather Event: South Australia - Supercell storms 28th and 29th September 2016
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Extreme Weather Event: South Australia - Supercell storms 28th and 29th September 2016

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A one page summary sheet and three pages of worksheets based on a series of supercell storms that hit South Australia over the period 28th to 29th September 2016. The summary sheet includes two synoptic charts from the period and text description of the intense low pressure system and associated cold front that hit South Australia- Worksheet 1 asks students general questions based on the two synoptic charts - Worksheet 2 asks questions directly related to the extreme weather event, its causes and impacts which included a statewide collapse of the electricity grid. An answer key is provided for teachers.
Eastern Australia Floods March 2021
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Eastern Australia Floods March 2021

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A series of two synoptic charts and three worksheets that introduce students to floods and investigate the floods in Eastern Australia during March 2021. Worksheets are: Worksheet 1 - skills questions based on one of the two provided synoptic charts Worksheet 2 - questions based on a linked video on floods in general across Australia. Worksheet 3 - students gather information on the floods from media in three areas (Gold Coat, New South Wales mid north coast and the Sydney Basin) Mainly suitable for junior high school but could also be used as a simple introduction to flood hazards in upper high school. An answer sheet is provided.
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.
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.