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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.
Sulawesi Earthquake and Tsunami 2018 - worksheets
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Sulawesi Earthquake and Tsunami 2018 - worksheets

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A four page worksheet focusing on the Sulawesi earthquake and tsunami on 28th September 2018 that helps develop student’s internet skills. Page 1 - simple mapping question to familiarise students with the geographic setting of Indonesia Page 2 - students to complete a fact file on Indonesia 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 other websites. Page 4 - students answer questions on the impact of the earthquake, the Indonesian government’s response and a question from the internet An answer key is provided for teachers.
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
US Climate Graph Construction
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US Climate Graph Construction

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Three pages - first page is a table of climate statistics (temperature in fahrenheit, precipitation in inches) for seven US cities with different climate classification; second page is a worksheet for student to use the climate statistics to draw climate graphs for each city and to locate them on a map of the U.S.; third page is an answer key with graphs drawn and cities located on the map of the U.S.
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.
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: the Water Cycle text and worksheets
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Water in the World: the Water Cycle text and worksheets

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This is a seven page package that include two pages of text that explain the basic operation of the water cycle and the processes within it. Five pages of activities are included that reinforce a basic understanding of the water cycle and its processes as well as extending your students’ thinking of the water cycle and how people have used and changed it. The package is designed for the Australian Curriculum (Geography Years 7/8) but could be used in other countries where the water cycle may be studied as part of a Geography or Science program in lower high school.
Tropical Cyclone Harold Enquiry
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Tropical Cyclone Harold Enquiry

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This is a worksheet (4 pages) that will get your students to investigate Tropical Cyclone (April 2020). The first page is a latitude and longitude exercise where the students will be the meteorologist and map the track of the tropical cyclone from its beginning in the waters off Papua New Guinea to its passing the Pacific island of Tonga. On the second to fourth pages students will answer general questions on tropical cyclones and specific set of research questions on TC Harold. An answer key is provided
Weather and Seasons for lower primary
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Weather and Seasons for lower primary

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A collection of 21 activity sheets and posters designed to introduce lower primary school students to weather and seasons. A full preview of ALL pages in this resource can be found at: https://www.geographyfocus.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Weather-and-Climate-Activity-Sheets-PREVIEW.pdf
Liveability
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Liveability

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This is a 5-page worksheet that requires students to investigate the 2017 Economics Intelligence Unit’s Liveability Survey of 140 of the world’s largest cities. Students are directed to a website that provides a summary of the 2017 from which they can answer the questions on the worksheet. It is designed for the Australian Curriculum Geography unit "Places are for Living "; but will suit other jurisdictions where a syllabus has a focus on liveability as part of an urban geography unit of work. Suggested answers are provided as a separate document in the package.
Water Cycle - a practical exercise
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Water Cycle - a practical exercise

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This is part of my series called FastForward that places students in the role of a hydrologist who’s job it is to plan a new water supply for a town. Students will need basic topographic mapping skills to complete the exercise.
Climate Graph Exercises - UK Cities
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Climate Graph Exercises - UK Cities

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A three page set that includes: Page 1 - Tables of climate statistics for seven UK cities Page 2 - Climate graph blanks to fill in from statistics plus location map Page 3 - Complete climate graphs for teachers Cities include London, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Birmingham, Cardiff, Belfast, Liverpool
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.
Weather Instruments Word Puzzle Bundle
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Weather Instruments Word Puzzle Bundle

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A collection of word puzzles including: 1. Crossword 2. GeoBingo 3. Matchwords 4. Wordsearch All useful for revision, homework, work for fill-in teacher etc.
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!
The Water Cycle Word Puzzles
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The Water Cycle Word Puzzles

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A group of geography word puzzles that are a fun way to learn the terms associated with the water cycle. GeoBingo is a class activity whilst the crossword, word match and word search can be set as homework or class activities.
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.