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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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
Topographic Map Skills 3 - Map direction and bearings
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Topographic Map Skills 3 - Map direction and bearings

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Photocopiable handout that introduces students to determining map directions and bearings. 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 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
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
Topographic Map Skills Measuring Area -
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Topographic Map Skills Measuring Area -

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Photocopiable handout that shows students how to measure/estimate area 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 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
Topographic Map Skills 7 - Scale
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Topographic Map Skills 7 - Scale

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Photocopiable handout that introduces students to the various scales used on a topographic map and how to compare scales from one map to another. 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 Exercises
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Topographic Map Skills Exercises

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A series of 10 sets of topographic maps and exercises that introduce students to reading of topographic maps. The maps are graded in level of difficulty from the first which practices the students in elementary topographic map skills and progress to more difficult maps and more difficult topographic map skills. The maps are blackline masters and are easily photocopied. Answers are provided for each of the ten sets of exercises. Also available in a bundle that includes these exercises and handouts on all of the basic topographic map skills: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/topographic-map-skills-11564811
Chiapas Earthquake - Mexico 8 September 2017
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Chiapas Earthquake - Mexico 8 September 2017

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A four page worksheet focusing on the Chiapas earthquake in Mexico on 8th September 2017. Page 1 - simple mapping question to familiarise students with the geographic setting of Mexico Page 2 - students to complete a fact file on Mexico 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 USGS website. Page 4 - students answer questions on the impact of the earthquake, the Mexican government's response and a question on past Mexican earthquakes. An answer key is provided for teachers.
Investigating Hurricanes
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Investigating Hurricanes

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A 2-page worksheet that requires students to find out general information about hurricanes from the internet (websites provided but you may want your students to go to other websites). Page 1 shows on the preview. On Page 2 there is a question on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale, a world map where students are asked to show those areas in the world where hurricanes occur, and responses individuals and families can make to hurricanes (before, during and after).
Hurricane Irma Worksheet
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Hurricane Irma Worksheet

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A 2-page worksheet where students search the internet to provide information about Hurricane Irma, its impact and human responses to it. Useful in conjunction with the "Tracking Hurricane irma" worksheet also available on my shop. A cheaper option may be to buy the "Hurricane Irma bundle" that includes this worksheet, Tracking Hurricane Irma worksheet and the worksheet that covers general information about hurricanes.