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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.
Climate Change 2020 - a Geography in the News Quiz
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Climate Change 2020 - a Geography in the News Quiz

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This is a 2020 special edition of my fortnightly Geography in the News quiz. This quiz focuses on the latest news on climate change and can be used at any time during the school year when it fits your teaching programme. I intend to publish this climate change edition each year updating it with the latest available climate change news. This quiz will suit students from upper primary school to upper high school. Great way to help students investigate the latest news available on climate change. The quiz is made up of five mapping questions plus fifteen multiple choice questions + answers. Answers are on the second page of the answer sheet file so that students can’t take a sneak look at them on the TES website. 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. 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. A weekly version of the Geography In The News quiz for Australian schools is available by subscription by following this link: https://www.geographyfocus.com/?page_id=204 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!
Hurricane Michael - October 2018 (a geographical enquiry)
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Hurricane Michael - October 2018 (a geographical enquiry)

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This is a worksheet (3 pages) that will get your students to investigate Hurricane Michael (October 2018). The first page is a latitude and longitude exercise where the students will be the meteorologist and map the track of the hurricane from its beginning in the waters of the Yucatan Peninsula to its arrival at the Florida Panhandle. 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 Michael more closely. The worksheet is best suited for lower high school but could be used at a higher level. An answer sheet is provided for teachers as a separate file.
Mountain Landscapes - the Seven Summits Challenge
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Mountain Landscapes - the Seven Summits Challenge

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A mountain landscapes worksheet that requires students to investigate the “7 Summits Challenge” and in doing so identify the highest mountains on each continent and locate them on the world map on the second page. A useful worksheet for the Landscapes and Landforms unit in the Australian Curriculum and in other jurisdictions where mountain landscapes are included in their curricula. Worksheet is pitched at lower high school level.
Topographic Map Skills 11 - Gradient
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Topographic Map Skills 11 - Gradient

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A handout on developing topographic maps skills that focuses on gradient. Also available at a vastly reduced price 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
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.
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.
Hurricane Dorian Enquiry
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Hurricane Dorian Enquiry

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An enquiry into Hurricane Dorian August/September 2019. Students use latitude and longitude to track the path of Hurricane Dorian, investigate hurricanes in general and the impact of Hurricane Dorian on the Bahamas. An answer key is provided.
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.
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.
2020 News Review Crossword
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2020 News Review Crossword

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This is a crossword puzzle that focuses on the major news items of 2020. 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. A solution is provided with the puzzle.
Topographic Map Skills 2 - Symbols and colour
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Topographic Map Skills 2 - Symbols and colour

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Photocopiable handout that introduces students to the symbols and colours used on 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
Sharing Geographical Views
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Sharing Geographical Views

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These worksheets I have used to get some meaningful sharing of geographic ideas, issues or problems in my Geography lessons. These worksheets require the students to record their thoughts and to negotiate shared ideas within groups of two, four or six to arrive at a group position which can then be shared with the whole class. I collect the sheets at the end of a lesson and review the contribution of each to the group process and use them as proof of classwork done if needed for feedback to students and/or parents. There are four sheets in the package - one explanation page for teachers and one each for groups of two, four or six students.
Countries in the News: Turkey
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Countries in the News: Turkey

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This is the first in a series of worksheets that focuses on countries that make the news headlines and gets students to study them from a geographic perspective.. This worksheet on Turkey asks students to use their atlas and internet skills to locate important natural and cultural features on a map, gather background information on Turkey, and to explain the reasons for the country featuring prominently in the media.
Geographical Enquiry: Asking geographical questions
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Geographical Enquiry: Asking geographical questions

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A five page handout that takes your students through the initial step of geographical enquiry, developing their own geographical questions. The first page gives students an idea of what types of questions are geographical ones and the last four pages practise students in developing their own geographical questions by studying photographs from Pompeii, Santorini, Cappadocia and Greenwich.
Climate Statistics and Climate Graphs for Asian Cities
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Climate Statistics and Climate Graphs for Asian Cities

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A three page set that provides climate statistics for six Asian cities, a page where students can draw the climate graphs from the statistics (includes six climate graph blanks and a location map for the cities) and a third page with completed climate graphs for teachers . The cities are: Kolkata, Lhasa, Beijing, Singapore, Tokyo and Dubai.
Geography Lesson Fillers No.1
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Geography Lesson Fillers No.1

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A series of five worksheets with answers that will help you fill in that extra few minutes you might have left at the end of a lesson or for those keen students who simply zoom through their set work and need a little extra to keep them engaged. Worksheets include: 1. Place Geography - a list of nicknames of world cities that students have to identify and place on a world map. 2. Country Silhouettes - outlines of countries that students have to identify. 3. Geography True or False - a list of geographical statements that students have to decide whether true of false. 4.Weather and Climate Odd One Out -rows of four to do with weather and climate, students have to decide which of the four is the odd one out. 5.Easy Geodoku - based on sudoko but using topographic map symbols instead of numbers
New Zealand Earthquake 13th November 2016
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New Zealand Earthquake 13th November 2016

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This is a worksheet that asks students to investigate the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck New Zealand's South Island on 13th November 2016 (UTC). There are three pages to the worksheet: Page 1: Background of New Zealand - students will locate important features of NZ's physical landscape on a map and fill out a fact file. Page 2: Features a map of New Zealand (same as this worksheet's cover image) with a number of questions on the size of the earthquake, location of the epicentre and the major tectonic plates involved. Page 3: Mainly questions on the impact of the earthquakes and the NZ government response and that of the international community. This worksheet will help develop your students enquiry and internet skills.
Topographic Map Skill 1 - Introduction and marginal information
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Topographic Map Skill 1 - Introduction and marginal information

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A handout that introduces students to topographic maps and the information provided in the margins of topographic maps. 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
Australian Maps and map exercises
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Australian Maps and map exercises

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Australia in Maps is a series of worksheets based on maps of Australia showing various aspects of its Geography. The maps/worksheets include: States/Territories and their capital cities Water bodies Map 1 Water bodies Map 2 Major Urban Centres Landform Regions Natural Wonders World Heritage Sites Typical summer Weather Map Typical Winter Weather Map 10.Comparing Winter and Summer Weather Maps 11.Climate Regions 1 12.Climate Regions 2 13.Australia’s Neighbours 14.Vegetation Patterns 15.Major Rivers The package is accompanied by answers. The preview shows you the title page, one sample worksheet and one sample answer page. A great way to introduce your students to the geography of Australia!