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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 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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Tracking Hurricane Florence - a latitude/longitude exercise
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Tracking Hurricane Florence - a latitude/longitude exercise

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A simple worksheet that requires your students to plot the path using latitude and longitude of Hurricane Florence as it made its way from the mid-Atlantic to the US coast in the Carolinas. An answer key is provided. A good way to practice your students in plotting points using latitude and longitude, at the same time getting them to understand the relevance of this simple geographic skill to the real world.