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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.
Eastern Australian Floods: February/March 2022
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Eastern Australian Floods: February/March 2022

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A series of two synoptic charts and four worksheets that introduce students to floods and investigate the floods in Eastern Australia during February/March 2022. Worksheets are: Worksheet 1 - skills questions based on one of the two provided synoptic charts Worksheet 2 - research questions based on a website linked video on floods in general across Australia. Worksheet 3 - research questions based on website link Worksheet 4 - students gather information on the floods from media in three areas (Southeast Queensland, New South Wales north coast rivers and the Sydney Basin/South Coast) 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.
Counties of England: the Southwest - word search and mapping exercise
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Counties of England: the Southwest - word search and mapping exercise

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Wordsearches (a.k.a. word maze) are a fun way for your students to learn the counties of southwest England. The wordsearch is coupled with a map that encourages your students not only to learn the names of the counties but also their location. The puzzles have three levels of difficulty: Easy - Medium - Hard. This will allow you to differentiate according to the abilities of students in your class. Each of the three puzzles has its own answer key. A large map (A4 size) is also provided in the file should you need to use a larger map for your students rather than the smaller one provided in each word search. Altogether there are 7 pages in this file: 3 word searches, 3 answer keys, 1 A4 sized map.
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.
Counties of England: East Midlands - word search and mapping exercise
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Counties of England: East Midlands - word search and mapping exercise

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Wordsearches (a.k.a. word maze) are a fun way for your students to learn the counties of England’s East Midlands. The wordsearch is coupled with a map that encourages your students not only to learn the names of the counties but also their location. The puzzles have three levels of difficulty: Easy - Medium - Hard. This will allow you to differentiate according to the abilities of students in your class. Each of the three puzzles has its own answer key. A large map (A4 size) is also provided in the file should you need to use a larger map for your students rather than the smaller one provided in each word search. Altogether there are 7 pages in this file: 3 word searches, 3 answer keys, 1 A4 sized map.
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.
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.
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.
Weather Instruments Crossword
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Weather Instruments Crossword

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A simple crossword puzzle that focuses on weather instruments and the units of measurement. Three levels of crosswords are included for varying levels of ability in your class: 1. No hints 2. First letter hints 3. Consonant hints Useful for revision, extension work or homework exercises.
Extreme weather event - Cold front eastern Australia June 2021
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Extreme weather event - Cold front eastern Australia June 2021

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This worksheet is an extreme weather case study that gets students to investigate a cold front that impacted the eastern seaboard of Australia on 9th June 2021 causing an immense amount of property damage, widespread snowfall/rain and flooding in the hinterland. Students are taken to the Australian Bureau of Meteorology’s website where they will be able to obtain information about cold fronts and an Australian news’ website where they will get information of the impact of this extreme weather event. Three pages in the worksheet. An answer key is provided.
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.
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!
Interpreting climate graphs
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Interpreting climate graphs

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A photocopiable handout that shows students how to read information on a climate graph and put that information into a written description of the climate.
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.
Investigating Italy and the earthquake of 24th August 2016
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Investigating Italy and the earthquake of 24th August 2016

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This is part of a series of worksheets that focuses on countries that make the news headlines and gets students to study them from a geographic perspective.. This three page worksheet on Italy asks students to use their atlas and internet skills to locate important natural and cultural features on a map, gather background information on Italy and then encourages them to investigate the earthquake that hit central Italy on the night of 24th August, 2016..
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.
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
Topographic Map Skills 4 - Height and slope
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Topographic Map Skills 4 - Height and slope

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Photocopiable handout that introduces students to the ways in which height is given on a topographic map, including: spot heights, trigonometric stations, bench marks and contour lines. Also how arrangement of contours determine the type of slopes. 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
Investigating Tropical Cyclone Winston - Fiji February 2016
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Investigating Tropical Cyclone Winston - Fiji February 2016

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This is a worksheet that asks students to investigate Tropical Cyclone Winston that devastated Fiji on 20th February 2016. The first page is a mapping exercise using latitude and longitude to map the path of TC Winston through the islands of Fiji and using the scale to shade in the area of very destructive winds. The second page asks students initially to use the Australian Bureau of Meteorology's website to gather background information on tropical cyclones. Students are then directed to other websites where they can gather information on the preparations made by Fiji before the arrival of the cyclone, the weather associated with the cyclone, the damage done and the cleanup operations afterwards.
Topographic Map Skills 8 - Measuring distance
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Topographic Map Skills 8 - Measuring distance

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Photocopiable handout that shows students how to use the scale to work out straight-line and curved-line distances 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